Alternatives to plastic straws are proliferating, and more permanent materials than paper are being used: stainless steel, sterling silver, glass and ceramic, sometimes equipped with carrying cases.
Among the most decorative examples are 8.5-inch ceramic straws printed with patterns that suggest elaborate tile work. They’re from Stephanie Nass, who sells tableware on her website about entertaining. The straws are a splurge for home use but a nice host gift in its pretty box. Each is sturdy, coated with clear glaze and dishwasher-safe.