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Five Ways to Say No to a Plastic Straw

Whether you’re headed out for an iced latte or a cacao-kale smoothie, you’ve got to be ready to request that no straw come with your drink. It sucks to be high-maintenance, but it really sucks to use more unnecessary, ocean-polluting single-use plastics, especially when you’re packing your trusty FinalStraw. Try to keep these phrases in mind to ensure you do not get a plastic straw in your drink:


  • “No plastic please—I always suck responsibly.”
  • “Do I look like the kind of person that hates turtles? Def not. No straw please.”
  • “Are you still serving plastic straws? Ew.”
  • “Sorry, I’m allergic to single-use.”
  • “Want to see something cool?!” (Whip out FinalStraw and cast a spell: “Expelero plastico!”)


    Just like when you give your reusable coffee mug to your barista, which is now totally normal, the more people that decline a plastic straw, the easier it will get! Hopefully one day, it won’t even be an option. But hey, first you gotta fight for your right to suck responsibly.



    Simone the Starfish



    • I have several “FinalStraws” and carry them with me for my use and my husband’s use. It makes me crazy that the Florida legislature is trying to stop the ability of local Florida communities to ban plastic straws! AAARRRGGGHHH!

      Eileen Norrington on

    • Just by using my straw at my office I’ve given out a few eco ambassador cards (the ones with the cute watercolor whales 🐳 on them!) and they’ve been trying to get a hold of their own FinalStraws! I’m glad to be a part of this mission 😊🤘🏽

      MeeAnn on

    • Thank you for joining this worthwhile cause. I have been doing this for a number of years now.
      I love your graphics!!

      Sandy MacPherson on

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