questionshas anyone ever tried "simply straws"?

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I haven't tried this brand, but have had others. I found them to be a bit delicate to carry in a purse, all mine ended up chipping, even without that. I have some stainless ones now, that don't have that problem, and are safe also. here is a link to some nice ones,
http://www.thegreenlifecostore.com/m8/3351--stainless-steel-drinking-straw.html?gclid=CMCuxeS9r7QCFQcHnQodkgIApA

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Those stainless steel straws look like a much better option and they look cool too not to mention they are less than 1/2 the price, nice find!

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Do the inside of those stainless ones clean easily? I'd be nervous that they don't really get clean inside, unless maybe you soaked them before washing. I see it says "pipe cleaner" on that site, but that seems like a chore :-) And, you have to buy (and throw away) pipe cleaners.

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@kmeltzer: Ah ha, so it isn't just me, thinking about those things....
I actually bought a set like this one, comes with a brush, and then I run them through the dishwasher. They can also be boiled.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Handy-House-Stainless-Drinking/dp/B004HWVEKW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1356242934&sr=8-2&keywords=stainless+straw

I am pretty OCD about scrubbing things out, so I have a set of lab brushes.

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I live in the desert, water is precious. The amount of water used to clean a reusable straw would definitely not result in a boon to the environment. I use compostable straws, cps and lids made from corn for my morning smoothies. I reuse the cups and lid several times but the straws only once.

http://letsgogreen.biz/pages/utensils/cups.html

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I've been on a quest for reusable straws for months, but I keep running into the concern expressed by @kmeltzer about cleaning them - so thanks @pickypickypicky for the information that stainless steel straws can be boiled!

Poking around amazon for reusable straws just now, I ran across some silicone straws that have very positive reviews. It looks like they are dishwasher-safe; in general, silicone can be boiled in water. I like that they are more flexible than stainless steel and that they come in two pieces, so it would be easier to put them in a lunchbox or purse. I'm not sure whether silicone or stainless steel would be better for me, but it seems like silicone could be a good option for toddlers/kids who tend to chew on straws. Hmm...

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We use the stainless ones, too, and I love them. I generally just make sure to give them a quick rinse right after using, and put them in the dishwasher with the silverware, never had a problem getting them clean.

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Go with the stainless ones, if you want to do that. The thought of putting something glass (and, by the looks of them at least) rather fragile in a ladies purse seems to be asking for trouble. I can see the nice glass straw ending up as a bunch of glass shards in the bottom of the purse.

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@moondrake: That's true , if you are just washing one straw, but seems negligible, when doing your regular dishes.

@neuropsychosocial: Ooh, I really like those silicone ones. With both the silicone and the stainless, you can bleach, boil, and wash in a dishwasher, but the silicone ones would feel nicer, and the stainless ones look elegant, and would last longer. There is also a titanium one on amazon, for the straw that you can pass down to your children.