The Last Straw
If you're worried about the plastic continent that is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, you might give a second thought to single-use straws. David Leonhardt, a glassblower by trade and an environmentalist by persuasion, did, and the result is a dishwasher-safe glass straw. His company, Glass Dharma, offers them for about $7 each in straight, bent, and bejeweled versions, as well as hemp or bamboo protective sheaths. Made of borosilicate, the strongest commercially available glass, the straws are sturdier than they appear. And if one does break, Leonhardt will replace it for free. Those who'd prefer stainless-steel tubes can buy four for $9 at AlwaysBrilliant.com.