Sunday, December 19, 2010

Glass Drinking Straws

We've been so busy lately that I haven't had a chance to post about one of my favorite new products, Glass Dharma Drinking Straws!

I'd never really thought about glass straws before but the beautiful blue in the Decorative Dots Straws caught my eye and inspired me to read more.

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I tend to overlook the so-called insignificant things, such as plastic straws, that end up in our landfills. However, when I stop and think about it, straws really aren't all that insignificant. According to McDonalds' website, they serve an average of 52 MILLION meals PER DAY! How many straws are included with those 52 million meals every single day? How quickly do they pile up in our landfills? And that's just one of the fast food chains. Think about how many others there are, how many restaurants, and how many plastic straws that are used at home.

So, I'm doing my little part by not using plastic straws. There are a few other bonuses: I love the feel of the straws! I love that they don't leach any chemicals into my smoothies. I love that they feel strong and don't seem at all fragile. I honestly enjoy drinking with them!

We carry straws called Simple Elegance in two lengths, 9-inch and 10-inch. The 9-inch straws fit perfectly in our 16-ounce Lifefactory Glass Beverage Bottles, and the 10-inch straws fit the 22-ounce bottles. Both straws come in two different diameters: a 9.5-millimeter for regular drinks, and a larger 12-millimeter diameter for smoothies and other thick drinks.

We also offer the Decorative Dots Straws, which are 9 inches long and come in both diameters. Decorative Dots are available in Blue, Green, Red, Black, Amber, and Clear. In addition to looking beautiful, the dots prevent the straws from rolling when placed on a flat surface.

We've been asked about the potential for breakage. Like anything else made of glass, these straws certainly can break if dropped or treated carelessly. I believe that they would be extremely difficult to break while using them. The glass is so thick and sturdy that I just don't see that happening. I feel perfectly comfortable letting my young children use them. They love them and treat them carefully, just as they would glass dishes, bottles, or glasses.

The straws travel in style in Bamboo Cases and may also be stored and carried in hemp sleeves, which we will be adding to our site in the very near future.

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Here are a few facts about the straws from our website:

  • GlassDharma glass drinking straws were created to contribute one solution to the misuse of plastics in our society. Not only are they environmentally friendly and promote health, but they do these things with elegance and style.
  • Glass straws don’t leach toxins into your food as you drink.
  • Each time you use your glass straw equals one less plastic straw ending up in your landfill.
  • One glass straw replaces thousands of plastic straws. (How many times will you use a straw the rest of your life?)
  • Using your glass drinking straw adds a feeling of beauty to your day.

Glass Dharma glass drinking straws are:

  • Made of borosilicate tubing, the strongest glass commercially available...
  • Which means that no expense has been spared in bringing you the strongest,most durable drinking straw possible.

  • Annealed to Corning, Inc. specifications (a process that strengthens the glass)...
  • Which means that you are purchasing the highest quality glass straws available.

  • Made of glass which does not leach ANY TOXINS into your food...
  • Which means that you can use your non-toxic straws with confidence.

  • Created with the beauty and elegance that only glass can give...
  • Which means that you’ll feel like royalty – with a touch of glass.

  • A great environmental addition to your kitchenware...
  • Which means that they’re great for hot or cold drinks, and dishwasher safe!!

  • Covered with Glass Dharma’s unbelievable Lifetime Guarantee Against Breakage...
  • Which means that if they ever break, Glass Dharma will replace them - Free

Each Glass Dharma straw is hand-made by a glassblower in the U.S.A.



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