I got this becuayse I hated those nasty tasting paper straws and This is exactly what I need. Its a collapsible straw that has a clean brush just in case anything sticks within the straw. It easy to cary around as it has a key ring attachment. There is also a pink rubber thing that you place over the straw I guess this is the area you plce you mouth or lips over rather than on the metal surface I have yet to use that portion as yet. I recommend this straw!