***** CLOSED *****
It’s been quite awhile since you’ve heard from us while
we took time away during the pandemic. If you know
us and have been following us you probably know that
we temporarily closed 02/2020 while Jim underwent a
bone marrow transplant. During our planned months
away a worldwide pandemic broke out which drastically
changed our reopening plans.
We had planned for me (Michelle) getting back to work
and weekly markets last June, unfortunately the
pandemic made that much too dangerous considering
Jim’s non-existent immune system at the time. We
have checked in with Jim’s transplant team at every
appointment over this last year and keep being told
that, despite our covid vaccines, being at markets puts
Jim at risk and they would prefer we wait until the
pandemic is over.
Having discussed our options we came to the difficult
decision to close Ridley Straws. All items on our
website ***( www.ridleystraws.com )*** are at or below
our wholesale prices as we clear out our stock - ALL
handcrafted glass straws are just $2.00 each!! I will be
making more glass straws over the next month while I
use up the opened cases of glass tubing - so if you
don’t see what you are looking for be sure to check
back in. If you, or someone you know, works with glass
and might be interested in buying cases of glass
tubing (I have a LOT!) or the entire Ridley Straws
business, please send them our way.
Thank you for the years of support you have given us
as we all worked together to reduce the amount of
plastic and single use items trashing our environment.
We could not have made it this far, or made a
difference in the world without you.
Michelle and Jim
Our Smoothie Straws are 8.75″ long, and 3mm wider than our Original, making this the perfect straw for your frozen concoctions! Every straw is handmade in Florida, and they come in 5 great colors: amber, blue, clear, green and, teal. Ridley straws are reusable, dishwasher safe and, eco-friendly; these heavy-duty glass straws stand up great to daily use. These are 12mm across and have an 8mm opening.
So you gave the whole using eco-friendly straws thing a shot but couldn’t stick with it because you just can’t find a decent non plastic straw.
Look, I get it.
Somewhere along the shouts and screams of “PLASTIC STRAWS ARE KILLING THE TURTLES AND POLLUTING OUR OCEANS”, they forgot to mention that transitioning into non-plastic straws wasn’t going to be an easy one.
I mean, using a metal straw to drink hot beverages like coffee or tea is just not a fun experience. You end up with a swollen tongue and lips that look like you got some bad Botox. Way to spoil a delicious drink.
There’s even some crazy story about a lady who got impaled with a stainless steel straw because she slipped right into it. True story, she actually died!
Now, Bamboo straws are no better, they taste like you’re licking wet wood. Sometimes I can even see the tiny pieces of bamboo floating all over my drink, no shame just chillin’ there.
And don’t get me started with paper straws, I can’t even finish ONE drink with those!
What’s worse is the fact that none of these straws let you see the inside clearly. So you can scrub all you want but you’ll never know for sure if some lil’ black mold fellow is just lurking inside waiting for you to take a sip. (And trust me, most of the time it’s there!)
So what are you left with?
Thing is, most glass straws are what you’d expect – super fragile. You have to handle them with the utmost care or they’ll break and if you’re going to be carrying them around (which you will ’cause that’s like the whole point of not using plastic straws right?) you can’t be stressin’ every time you go for a drink because then you rather go back to plastic and choke some baby turtles.
Fortunately, our Glass Straws are made with thick-walled glass tubing which makes our straws sturdier than your generic any-other-competitor glass straw that uses a standard thickness.
Every straw is annealed in a digitally controlled kiln. This releases any stress in the glass from the manufacturing process increasing both durability and safety.
We also offer a variety of sizes and colors – for everyone and every drink.
Choose a size and a color and snatch this incredible deal right away and go crazy with them Starbucks’ muckbangs!
Smoothie straws are 8.75″ long and 9mm wide.