It has been widely reported that Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day (although some people have disputed that figure). That’s an average of 1.6 straws per person, per day —enough to fill up more than 46,000 school buses in one year. For such a small product, a straw can generate a huge amount of waste.
And that’s where FinalStraw comes in. Created by Los Angeles-based entrepreneurs Emma Cohen and Miles Pepper, FinalStraw is a reusable straw that collapses into a tiny case that can easily fit on your keychain.
The compact and eco-friendly product comes with a stainless steel squeegee for easy cleaning, and is available in four colors: “suck-ulent green,” “shark-butt grey,” “healthy coral” and “arctic-melt blue.” Currently in the tooling phase, FinalStraw will cost about $30 once it hits the market.
Cohen and Pepper launched a Kickstarter last month to help their project along, and set a goal to raise $12,500. The campaign, which ends this week, has yielded far more than that amount, raising more than $1.6 million from over 33,000 backers.
FinalStraw is not the only reusable straw out there, though. There are stainless steel, silicone and glass ones available to buy. But what sets FinalStraw apart is its portability.
Will you give this reusable straw a try when it is for sale?