Plastic straws, stop using them: all the alternatives

We've all seen it: a rainbow of plastic straws protruding from some unseen spot in our kitchen cabinets. These seemingly harmless tubes have a sinister side: the damage they do to the environment. We all remember being excited by them as kids.

Even though it's just a straw, this apparently innocuous implement has come to represent needless trash. The environmental consequences are indisputable, given the daily disposal of millions of plastic straws. Then, how can we fix this?
Greener Options for Displacing Plastic Straws: