Glass Dharma Straws Review and Giveaway

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Glass Dharma Review


Glass Dharma sent me three straws to review: a Beautiful Bend 9" straw, a fatter Simple Elegance straw, and a Decorative Dots sipper. I like the Beautiful Bend straw best for it's versatility, but the fatter Simple Elegance straw is perfect for drinking shakes, and the Decorative Dots straw is just plain beautiful. This is such a cheesy, girly thing to say, but my favorite thing about these straws is how they make even a simple daily act like drinking a glass of ice water seem elegant.

I also like that having a reusable straw means I don't have to use disposable plastic straws when I'm out and about. Plus, a glass straw is certainly an attention-getter, making it a very simple way to spread the green message without being pushy. As I recounted on my post at the Green Phone Booth the other day, I used my Glass Dharma straw at a restaurant this weekend and the servers were abuzz about it. It's a very small act, but it's just one more way for me to show that I'm committed to avoiding a disposable lifestyle.

Glass Dharma carries numerous sizes and styles of straws plus carrying cases and cleaning brushes.

Packaging
  • My straws arrived in a small box with three cardboard boxes inside. Inside each box was a straw (and I think the shorter one contained a piece of cotton.) To all of those companies that insist on overpackaging their products to protect it during shipping, I say - Look at Glass Dharma! The straws were shipped via USPS, which is my preferred mail carrier because it comes to my house everyday anyway.
Materials
  • Glass Dharma straws are made of borosilicate glass "because it is the strongest commercially available glass on the market." Unlike plastic, these straws will not leach harmful materials into your food, and they save thousands of disposable straws from the landfill. Plus, they are dishwasher and microwave safe.
Manufacturing
  • All Glass Dharma products are made in the United States.
Quality
  • One of my fears with these straws was that they would easily break - I'm a clumsy person...But one day after I'd run the straw through the dishwasher (proof alone of its durability), I left the straw on the counter where my two-year-old discovered it and dropped it on the hardwood floor. No breakage, chips, or scratches! I wouldn't recommend dropping your straw often or on purpose, but if you do happen to break your straw, Glass Dharma provides a "Lifetime Guarantee Against Breakage" - they'll repair or replace any broken straw.
Affordability
  • Glass Dharma straws range in price from $6 to $8. For a better value, order one of their packages containing several straws and a cleaning brush.
Availability
Need
  • When I decided to start reviewing products at The Conscious Shopper, I promised that one of the criteria I would consider is "need." Unlike the other products I've reviewed so far, I don't consider having your own straw a need, but it's definitely a nice to have. This is an item that you should add to your "things I wouldn't mind having list" and splurge on when you need a gift for someone special or just want to add a little touch of beauty to your life.
For more information and to purchase your own Glass Dharma straws, visit their website.

Glass Dharma Giveaway


Glass Dharma is generously offering a $25 gift certificate to their shop to one lucky reader of The Conscious Shopper. To enter:
  • Leave a comment on this post stating one step you've taken to reduce your plastic waste (or one step you plan on taking.)
  • You can earn up to two extra entries by sharing this post on Facebook or tweeting it on Twitter and then leaving a comment for each thing that you do. This is completely based on the honor system, and remember that each comment is a separate entry.
You have until next Thursday, April 1st, to enter. I'll randomly select a winner and announce the results next Friday.

The winner of the $25 gift certificate to Glass Dharma is Kim and Ken Carlile, who wrote:
I've made my husband start bringing his sandwich baggie from lunch home with him to reuse.
Congratulations, and I'll be in touch with you soon about how to redeem your gift certificate!

And remember for those of you who didn't win, you can purchase your own Glass Dharma straws by visiting their website.
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  • Disclosure: Glass Dharma sent me three straws to be able to write this review but did not compensate me in any other way. Most of the information in this review comes from their website, but the opinions are entirely my own

21 comments:

The Mom March 26, 2010 at 9:24 AM  

I have started using metal water bottles and storing our leftovers in glass canning jars.

hekatesgal March 26, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

We use metal water bottles and are making the change from plastic drinking cups to glass.

hekatesgal March 26, 2010 at 10:26 AM  

Oops, I also linked via my facebook page.

KnitNana March 26, 2010 at 11:44 AM  

Lots of different steps, including a ban on bottled water and using a filter pitcher & stainless bottle, but the most recent step was buying a Preserve bowl for my lunchtime salad at work! Love it, and will be sending those pesky #5s to them as I gather enough (trying to avoid them like the plague tho'). A few of us at work are pledging to mail a box from all of us as we fill one!

Environmental Soul March 26, 2010 at 12:10 PM  

I have been using old jars to take my lunch in.

bean March 26, 2010 at 12:26 PM  

I think these are awesome, we always drink out of straws and this is such a great way to cut down on that waste!

A few things I do to cut down on plastic

*a slew of canvas or fabric grocery bags in the car at all times, and some at home for walking trips

*wax paper bags for sandwiches

*glass refrigerator dishes in the fridge for leftovers instead of ziploc bags

*plenty of dishtowels and fabric napkins for clean-ups and meals. We haven't used any paper napkins in years!

*glass mason jars that I bring with me to the food co-op to refill my bulk items (beans, cornmeal, sugars, etc) so we don't have to use those plastic bulk bags

*sheer produce bags made from old curtain fabric - again no more plastic bags from the produce section yay! I made them with a french seam and my sheer bags will hold at least 15 potatoes (the most I could stuff in there at one time) :)

megan schn. March 26, 2010 at 4:59 PM  

~ re-useable fabric bags & 'Lunch Bots' for lunches away from home

~ re-useable bamboo silverware for when we are away from home and might otherwise be offered plastic utensils

~ stainless water bottles

~ 'to-go ware' for restaurant leftovers

~ glass containers for home leftovers

~ lots of re-useable fabric bags

~ glass bottles for pumped milk for the baby when i'm not around

Wonder-ful March 26, 2010 at 5:59 PM  

We've finally been able to break up with plastic water bottles by getting grandma to try using the stainless steel ones.

Aside from that, the big thing has been an overall reduction in goods coming into the house. We've adopted a loose 40's mentality. Before anything is bought, we have to see if we can fix it, if we have a replacement in the house already, if we can borrow or get it used, and then if all else fails... ask if it's really necessary.

With durability being a focus, plastic items rarely qualify as being a "good idea" to purchase. Our plastics now come from product packaging (we buy in bulk to cut down on extraneous packaging), or the occasional beauty product that (as a rule) must be near empty before replacing.

This cut down on consumption and overall waste BIG TIME!

Penny Basket March 26, 2010 at 10:10 PM  

What I do to reduce plastic use:
-Bring my own bag for groceries
-Use my own containers for take away
-Stop buying drinks that come in plastic bottles
and many more!

Truffula March 26, 2010 at 10:35 PM  

I cut down on loads of plastic cups by making my own yogurt in reused glass almond butter jars.

Michelle,  March 27, 2010 at 10:34 AM  

I have been doing many things over the years like bringing my own bags and recycling glass jars for food storage, but last week I finally replaced my bpa tainted water bottles with a shiny new stainless steel one! No more disposable water bottles for me. :-)

KaKi March 27, 2010 at 8:43 PM  

One step I am taking is to use glass instead of plastic for storing things in the fridge. I had no idea how much plastic I used!

KaKi March 27, 2010 at 8:45 PM  

I linked to my facebook!

Elle Bee March 27, 2010 at 11:36 PM  

I have commited to not using any disposable cups starting this month! I'm going to take my water bottle everywhere--starbucks, costco, restaurants, etc.

leigh March 28, 2010 at 2:24 AM  

Metal H2O bottle, buy in bulk. I need to get some bags to do this better with. But these are beautiful. And we still have a package of disposable straws at home that P and I like to drink smoothies with.

Kim and Ken Carlile March 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM  

I've made my husband start bringing his sandwich baggie from lunch home with him to reuse.

Alissa,  March 30, 2010 at 4:55 PM  

I use fabric shopping bags and produce bags and no longer buy plastic baggies.

~lafngirl at yawhooooo

Emily S,  March 30, 2010 at 6:46 PM  

I helped get my office to buy reusable coffee cups!

Jude,  March 30, 2010 at 7:59 PM  

I store leftovers in glass, use a reusable metal water bottle, and bring my own cotton cloth bags to the store.

alli March 31, 2010 at 10:12 PM  

I have stopped buying bottled water, and tried recycling more!

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