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The Benefits of Adaptive Drinking Straws

Spastic young man with infantile cerebral palsy caused by complications at birth sitting in a multifunctional wheelchair enjoying a mug of beverage drinking through a straw.

With plastic littering our oceans and boardwalks, the hunt for reusable straws and other dinnerware has begun nationwide. Reusable straws of any kind are better for the environment, but not all environmentally friendly straws are useful to those with disabilities. That’s why adaptive, flexible straws are on the rise with better quality products that can adapt to several situations.

3 Uses for Flexible Drinking Straws

Long Flexible Drinking Straws are useful for many reasons, most of which are listed in the products name. Throughout the nationwide movement in reducing the use of plastic straws, many people are changing routines and searching for alternatives. What seems trivial to some is very important to others. Many patients and clients with disabilities rely on bendable, long straws to properly drink. Without the proper use of muscle movement, people with disabilities require special, adaptive setups to accomplish regular tasks that the rest of us rarely think about. Here’s a few ways that reusable, flexible drinking straws can be beneficial.

Flexibility – Working for a patient with a progressing muscular atrophy or cerebral palsy often requires a caregiver to aid with simple, mundane things. An example would be eating and drinking, in most cases those with severe progression of muscle weakness cannot comfortably sip on a glass of water like the rest of us. A long flexible straw is sometimes the only solution, restoring some independence as they no longer have to rely on someone anytime they want a sip of water.

Adaptive – These straws can adapt to any bottle, glass, or can. While they’re mostly used for convenience and preference, they also provide improved hygiene with blue caps at the end of the straw to close out any bacteria when the straw is not in use. This is especially important for those prone to getting sick.

Reusable – The best part about these straws is they can’t be protested against. They’re healthy, clean, reusable and washable. They can be bought in quantities of 10 or a bulk of 30 and are easily stored.

Extra Adaptive Drinking Straws 

Another option to replace plastic straws with is similar to the one above, but it’s got a few more adaptive qualities. The Extra Long Flexible Drinking Straw measures at 28 inches long and is a hit among those in wheelchairs. The usual setup for someone in a wheelchair would be a coaster, a drink, and a bendy straw. Sometimes one coaster doesn’t do it, or the straw isn’t cooperating. That’s when adaptive drinking straws become useful. They can be bent in any direction without compromising the drink and can be adjusted that someone in a wheelchair can control the straw with their lips as opposed to a caregiver having to adjust it.

Not only can this straw bend at three different points for the best quality drinking experience, but it can also be cut and reshaped to the desired length. Disabilities require a certain sense of adaptability and that’s what these straws are made of.

Let the plastic go and pick up reusable, flexible drinking straws to improve simple and routine drinking tasks throughout the day. What’s not to love? They’re affordable, durable, and they help save the planet.