“Delivered:” is a series in which we look at crowdfunded ideas that have successfully shipped to their supporters. We dive into the final product, after its long journey from concept to fulfillment.

Clean, compact, and eco friendly. The Finalstraw is the first portable collapsible straw of its kind. Plastic straws are bad for the environment. They cannot be recycled so they are often left out in the ocean where they can hurt sea animals. The average person uses 1.6 straws per day. Americans use enough straws to wrap around the earth 2.5 times every day, that’s a lot of non-recyclable waste to put out into the environment. Finalstraw has set out to solve this problem by offering the first ever portable, durable straw.

The portable straw fits into a small plastic square container and is collapsed inside of it. It folds up to the size of a car key and can be carried on my key ring so that I can conveniently take it anywhere I go.  I always have it handy so that I can pass on straws that are harmful to the environment. My straw is pulled out with one swift motion, by the time I have it lifted out of the case, it has assembled itself automatically.

The Finalstraw is composed of long metal tubes that are connected by a stretchy plastic. When the straw is lifted out of the case the tubes whip into place and are swiftly assembled. At the ends of the straw are two soft protective tubes that make it comfortable to drink out of and also prevent my glass from being chipped by the metal straw. The straw comes in a plastic mesh case that fits into the outside cover it is easy to throw into the dishwasher. The straw also comes with a specially designed squeegee so that I can clean it easily after it’s been used.

The Finalstraw is always safe. It is BPA free, dishwasher safe, and great for kids. The protective case always ensures that it is clean. The Finalstraw is the environmentally responsible thing to do to protect our world from pollution. Four cards come with the straw that I can use to spread the word. They say “Straws Suck, please only serve plastic straws upon request.” You can find out more about the final straw and their mission by visiting the links below.

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: April 19, 2018
Ship Date: November 9, 2018
Website: Finalstraw