I washed the dishes tonight, and tossed a half dozen plastic straws in the drying rack. At the rate our kids use straws, we would probably spend $150 every year if we tossed each after a single use. My solution is to place them in the sink with the hand washing, and once in a while run a pipe cleaner through them. We buy about one pack of 100 straws every 9 months or so. Just clip the ends if they are getting crushed and hard to use.