I feel like I am playing catch up today with blogging and everything else in my life... This is something I have been meening to post for over a month now.
biodegradable straws available but the city of Toronto is not equipped for them and you can not put them in your green bin they go to the dump; unless you want to beery them in your back yard so they can properly biodegrade.
When I found these metal straws at Parenting by Nature I was all over them. We have been using them for a few months now and love them. I recommend finding a tiny straw brush to wash them as it is hard to get juice gunk out of them. Also acid can corrode metal so it is good to at least rinse them if you are not going to wash the straw right after using it. We now have 4 long ones and 4 short ones more then enough for a family of 3.
Another alternative to metal is glass but with a 2 year that just did not seem safe to me.