Yes, there are a lot of things we could do to help our earth to survive.. One of them is the plastic we use. So to do my part I ordered these! I carry one with me in my purse all the time. So whenever we go to a place to eat, I order drinks without the straw. This way I am doing my part to help our earth heal. Even if you are not eco concious, these are great to have.. They work for picnics or camping too, or just for having around the house. There are 16 straws of varying sizes, and there are silicone straw ccovers for using to drink, so your teeth dont touch the stainless.. There is a straw cleaning brush so you can keep them clean, let them dry, and VOILA! you have straws again. These are great straws that will last you forever unless you go out of your way to destroy them. Great deal!