Many of us are looking for alternatives to plastic straws. Obviously, the simplest thing is to stop using straws. But for parents of small children, sometimes a drinking straw is necessary to keep fruit juices from getting all over their clothes. One alternative to consider is a silicone straw. They work just like plastic straws, but are reusable. They are dishwasher-safe, BPA-free and can be boiled to sterilize them.