Cleaning your collapsible straw does not need to involve plastic. Instead use straw cleaner specifically designed for your collapsible straw, where the bristles are made from coconut fibres. It works just as effectively as any other straw cleaner. After using the straw cleaner to clean your straws or small items, rinse the bristles to dislodge any food or dirt stuck. Then dry the bristles with a towel and hang to dry, ready for it's next use. We do not recommend dish washing as it may damage the straw cleaner. When the straw cleaner has reached the end of it's life, you can cut away the coconut bristles and put it in the compost. And put the metal wire in the recycling. It's okay to put the metal wire in the recycling even if it has the coconut bristles as the heat in metal recycling will just burn anything other than the metal in the recycling process. WHY I LOVE THIS I found out that reusable straws are great but always came with plastic bristled straw cleaners, which eventually contaminate the water systems and break down into microplastics. So we wanted to create the most eco-straw cleaner out of waste coconut coir. Which has no plastic whatsoever. And the steel wire is super sustainable and malleable. Making it perfect for cleaning all sorts of reusable straws.