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The Original Glass Straw- Glass Dharma (Giveaway)

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Most times, when you order your favorite beverage, it is usually paired with a one time use plastic straw wrapped in paper. I get it though. I understand that thick green smoothie or creamy coconut milkshake just doesn’t taste the same without a straw. But, there is a way to slurp down your drink while avoiding the plastic straw. A widemouth smoothie Glass Dharma straw would be a great way to have your smoothie and drink it, too.

I have a nifty collection of glass straws just sitting on my counter right now for various drinking occasions. Yes- I may have a slight glass straw addiction. I was recently approached and offered to fuel my addiction tryout Glass Dharma drinking straws and write my thoughts on their product. That sounds simple enough to most people, but I was torn, as I am every time I am offered a product. We are heading into week 24 of Project Green Foot and the first rule of Project Green Foot is follow all the rules. So, what shall a green waste-less gal like myself do?

I realized:

  • I am saving so many sea creatures from ingesting little teeny tiny pieces of plastic by continuing to use glass straws instead of plastic ones.
  • I am spreading the word about glass straws and how we must stop using these disposable plastic ones.
  • I am probably going to part with one or two of my straws to help others on their way to living a plastic straw-free life.
  • I am educating others on the harms of plastic straws.

Glass Dharma generously set me five different glass drinking straws: one clear 6.25” sipper straw, one clear 9” smoothie straw, one clear 9” decorative ice tea  straw, one clear 9” bendy ice tea straw and one clear 8” engraved ice tea straw. They also included two cleaning brushes that were a welcomed surprise. However, when purchasing straws from their site, not all straws automatically come with cleaning brushes, so please read the fine print.

According to the Glass Dharma website, the straws are made of borosilicate glass tubing (non-toxic) and the strongest commercially available. You can feel confident when drinking hot or cold drinks that no toxins are leaching into your food.

Why make the switch to reusable glass straws?

  • Each time you use your glass straw that equals one less plastic straw ending up in a landfill.
  • One glass straw replaces thousands of plastic straws- How many times will you use a plastic straw the rest of your life?
  • Using glass straws are one way to limit your exposure to toxins from plastics because they are toxin-free! No BPAs, phthalates, etc.
  • They are dishwasher safe.
  • Handmade in the USA-actually in California. Buying from Glass Dharma means that your dollar is not going off-shore – it stays right here in the U.S.A.
  • They are fully back by Glass Dharma 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you don’t love your straw, send it back for a full refund.
  • Lifetime guarantee against breakage. If you break it, they will replaced.
  • They are lots of fun! Have you ever had a green juice or berry smoothie with a glass straw? If not, you are missing out!

I am really enjoying my new glass straws that have been added to my collection. I personally like the bent ice tea one. It is perfect for my green or multi-coloured juice in the morning. The opening of the straw is just big enough to make sipping in all the green goodness easy. I even let my 16 month old daughter use the straws under my supervision, of course. I would not recommend children be left unattended with a glass straw.

The sipper straw is great for my daughter to share my juice with. The diameter (7mm) of the drinking hole is the ideal size for her little mouth, and the 6.25” length is just perfect. Now that she is a bit older, she is able to drink her smoothie from the smoothie straw with much more ease, but it is still a tad too big for her. Me on the other hand- I love it. When I have a green smoothie, I am able to gobble up all of it with my straw. I tend to make my smoothies thick- so the 12mm opening is great for that.

I love how the glass of the straws are very thick, and I am therefore not worried about them breaking easily. I still take extra precaution when handling them and keep them wrapped at all times. The decorative straws, have held up and not chipped or broke which I am happy with. As well, I like how the straws can be engraved. Maybe my next straw will be engraved with Good Girl Gone Green, perhaps?

One straw at a time you can make a small, but effective impact on the environment.

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Would you like to get your hands on a sippy decorative straw? or perhaps a smoothie straw? Glass Dharma is giving away a 25.00$ gift certificate to one of my lucky readers, so you too can enjoy drinking from a glass straw.

Just like my previous giveaways, I am not going to make you jump through hoops to enter; I am going to keep it simple. Leave me a comment. Write whatever you like; say hello; tell me what your favorite straw is; tell me I am awesome….I will leave the comment writing up to you.

If you would like to follow me or Glass Dharama on twitter or like me, or Glass Dharma on facebook, please feel free. I will leave that at your discretion.

However, it will greatly be appreciated and will most definitely put a smile on our faces. We like to smile and giggle, too.

Oh, and tweeting about the giveaway won’t gain you anymore entries, but it sure will make this green girl jump up and down with joy!

Just so you know: no purchase is necessary to enter. This giveaway is open to U.S and Canadian residents excluding Quebec (sorry, Quebec has some seriously stupid laws on giveaways that I just do not want to get involved with).

The winner will randomly be selected using random.org. Entries will be accepted until midnight EST on Wednesday, February 22, 2011 and the winner will be announced the following day.

So let the commenting begin!

I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. I was provided with 5 Glass Dharma glass straws and two cleaning brushes at no cost for this review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

The contest is now closed! Thank you to everyone that took the time to enter. I appreciate it. Drum roll please- the winer is Kitblu #48! Congratulations!

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70 Responses to The Original Glass Straw- Glass Dharma (Giveaway)

  1. Rebeccah Collins February 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    This is such a cool idea! I’d love to have one of these!

  2. Lynn Fang February 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    You are awesome! I have been burdened with eco-guilt every time I silently accept a straw. I don’t want my mouth on this plastic and I don’t want it to kill baby birds and sea friends. So maybe a collection of glass straws will build my eco-confidence and inspire me to rant about plastic to the bartender ;P

  3. Positively Pampered Patty February 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    I love the idea of this since I first read about it on your site. I love them and they are so pretty!

  4. Liz February 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    How cool is that? I had just recently learned about stainless steel drinking straws on Earth911.com – these glass ones are really pretty and more fun.

  5. Jennifer February 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Hi Steph, I would love one! I don’t use straws that much but one of my coworkers only drinks with straws and so I see the plastic straw container in the ktichen go done every day :-( I was actually on the website of Glass Dharma and Strawesome just last week as I thought I would surprise her and get her one but with shipping and all it was a bit pricey. If I win, I’ll give the straw to her :-)…..and you can ship to my sister in Ottawa :-)

  6. Susan F February 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    My daughter is a straw junkie and we just talked the other day about the waste that it creates. She literally will not drink her smoothie every morning (with Chia seeds, yummy!) without a straw. That’s between 28 and 30 straws every month. The guilt involved bothers me so I’m off to buy some glass straws to assuage my guilt! She will be so happy! I would absolutely love another $25 to put towards the bad hippie guilt monster!
    Blessings
    Susan
    http://75percenthippie.blogspot.com
    http://happyhippieheart.blogspot.com

  7. Laura February 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    You are awesome :) This is a great giveaway! I have wanted to try these glass straws for a over a year. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  8. Elizabeth D February 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    Would LOVE some glass straws – pretty and eco-friendly!! Great blog :-)

  9. Jill February 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    I have been thinking about trying glass straws for a while now…

  10. Dani February 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    ooooh, I’d love to give glass straws a try! I cringe at all the plastic and paper trash typical straws make…but with kids, they always want a straw. I’d love to give my daughters a chance to help make a difference – with supervision of course!

  11. Karin February 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    The idea of a glass straw never occurred to me. They would be nifty to try

  12. Tanya Frenette February 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    What a cool idea! I’d love to have one of these. I frequently talk with my daughter about the importance in recycling, conservation and energy consumption. What a great thing for the next generation to get their hands on!

    Love this post!
    -Tanya

  13. Ashley February 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    I have a reusable glass cup addiction. We would love to try these with our green smoothies!

  14. Anna February 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    Is there a link to buy these. I love straws bit I topped buying them because it’s unethical.

  15. Monique February 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    I. Love. This. We drink our smoothies sans straws but with these… Oh… My kids will be over the moon!!!!

  16. Rebecca February 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    Wow, cool straws and great give away! =)

  17. Amanda February 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Great idea! I’d love to win one, please!

  18. Marigrace Clarke February 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    I work with a special needs man who uses straws daily…this is a great idea for him! Not to mention a kazillion others with special needs! I need to know how to order!

  19. Marcey Mitcham February 14, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    I too would love to try a glass straw. I am just starting my journey into living Green and am new to your site. I am excited to learn from you!

  20. Debbie Maynard February 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    I have been dying to get some glass straws as I use a plastic om
    Me to enjoy my soda daily. I hope my wish comes true!

  21. Jeanine February 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    What an amazing idea – glass straws! I’d love to have these in my home, as I adore glassware of all kinds. I love the ideas on your site, and I’ll be incorporating many of them in my family’s life. You are an inspiration to me!

  22. Bendar February 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Wow, this sounds so cool. I got a stainless steal water bottle once, I’ve put a few dents in it but love it. I’ll have to try a glass straw.

  23. Best February 14, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    Looks interesting, would love to try it out

  24. Lindsay February 14, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    Would LOVE to try these!

  25. NameAlicia@ eco friendly homemaking February 14, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

    Oh these look awesome! I would love to try these. We have pretty much quite using plastic so these would be wonderful to have.

  26. Deanna February 15, 2012 at 12:16 am #

    I’d love to have some of these…I have a few in my kitchen but need more! Thanks sharing these with us.

  27. Jamie B February 15, 2012 at 2:03 am #

    I didn’t know these existed! I would love to have one!

  28. Annie February 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    wowee! I was just talking about a glass straw with my daughter who wanted to use a straw the other day and lo and behold they do exist! Thank you!

  29. Emily @ Random Recycling February 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    I hope the straws are 3 year old proof as I’m sure my daughter would love them!

  30. Amanda Joy February 16, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    Thanks for joining our Mingle With Us Blog Hop. This is the first time in awhile, that I have been able to look and see who is participating. I was pleased to see that you had linked up.
    I look forward to reading more of your blog:) I think this giveaway is awesome… I would love to win. I am going to look into buying them… that replacement guarantee is enticing.

  31. Salinda February 16, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    I think it would be fun to drink out of something so pretty. I don’t use straws generally speaking but with these I would.

  32. leslie February 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Enter me please- I think these straws are amazing!

  33. Jessica@MakingHomeSweeter February 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    Oh wow, I should’ve just come to your site first before I looked up what these straws were. Very neat, and I definitely need one since I use straws everyday!

  34. Karen ~Georgia Angel February 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    I have never thought about this before. My husband reuses plastic straws just so he doesn’t have to buy new ones, haha. My 8 year old daughter will only drink about of straws. This would definitely be a must have to conserve our planet. Thank you for sharing.

  35. amanda February 17, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    This is awesome! Thanks for the chance :)

  36. Theresa J February 18, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    I have been eyeing these for awhile. Thank you for the opportunity.

  37. Katy M February 18, 2012 at 4:16 am #

    Hi! Thank you soooo much for this awesome giveaway! I love straws but always feel so guilty using a plastic one. I didn’t even know about these glass straws! Yea! :)

  38. Melissa Alexander February 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    I have seen these online a few places and thought about trying them out. But never could bring myself to do it for some reason. This is such a great idea and I would love the opportunity to give them a whirl! Thanks for another awesome giveaway! I will be crossing my fingers!

    You Rock!

  39. corey February 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    These straws would be fun to have.

  40. Sonya February 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    These have been on my wishlist for a while. I had no idea they could be engraved, how cool!

  41. Rebecca February 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    I was just daydreaming of a glass straw this morning! I haven’t been able to use them with my daily breakfast smoothies since being diagnosed with a corn allergy. These would be WONDERFUL for me and my family, and I’d love to win!!

  42. Lauren Garrett February 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Thank you for hosting such a cool giveaway!

  43. Natalie Z February 20, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    I love doing my part to be green. Glass straws are a great step!

  44. Jeannette Laframboise February 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    I learned quite a bit from your post, things I really had never thought of before so thanks so much for that. It does make me want to try out these glass straws even more, especially for my son. Thanks so very much for the chance to win! Much appreciated! :-)

  45. Sherry Lykins February 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I would love to win this? Thanks for the giveaway! lilsis_75@hotmail.com

  46. Annie February 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    I loev glass straws!! We have one already, smoothie size, and I just LOVE it!!! I would love to be able to buy some different sizes and/or a set for my whole family. Drinks taste better with these straws!!

    Thank you for the giveaway:D

  47. Marthalynn February 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    What a great product and I would love to use these instead of the plastic ones we’re using! marthalynn16 [at] gmail [dot] com

  48. tami husak February 20, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    this is so cool I want one so bad.!! I think it is so great to be able to use a straw over and over.

  49. kitblu February 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    I have never been much of a straw drinker but I recently read that people who suffer from GERD (worse case acid reflux) should drink apple cider vinegar to increase stomach acid. It was noted that it would be best to drink it though a straw in order to protect your teeth.

  50. Tim February 20, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    I follow you and Glass Dharama on twitter or like you and Glass Dharma on facebook,

  51. Kimberly February 21, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    I love this idea! I always use plastic straws in my smoothies, but I worry about bacteria in them. I like that these are resuable and cleaner. Thanks for sharing!

  52. Pam Sims February 21, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    I love the idea of having a straw to use that is not plastic and is reusable. My kids get straws at school with their milk and drinks so when they are at home I notice they will drink more juice or milk with a straw. Thanks for introducing me to these glass straws.

  53. Pam Sims February 21, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    I follow you on facebook as Pamela Womack Sims. I also get your email updates.

  54. Claire February 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    I would LOVE to win! Thanks a ton!!

  55. Laura February 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Glass straws: Brilliant! i’m trying to omit plastic from my kitchen — especially where it comes into contact with food, heat, etc. Years ago, i began to buy vintage refrigerator containers — anything to have glass storage for food. Now, manufacturers are making them again.

    i have a senior relative who washes plastic straws. Ick!!! i applaud frugality but health has to come first. Glass straws are the apex of ecology and health!!

  56. Tabby Powell February 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Man, I would LOOOVE to have some of these! I was wondering if they made them a few days ago, I have been removing plastics from my life recently.

  57. Deirdre @ Ladies Holiday February 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Everyone should have one, two or ten…so COOL!!

  58. Jonnie (JB) February 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    These look so cool! My sons would love them!

  59. Kevin February 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    Love, love, love this idea….. 8-D

  60. cw February 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    These sound great and smart!

  61. Emillie February 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    These look amazing!! Would love to try these out!
    hisprincess886 at yahoo dot com

  62. Ange February 21, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to try these out! I would love to win them of course :).

  63. Rocket February 21, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    I love this idea. I have this straw called a polar pipe, but I would love a glass one. Thanks for offering.

  64. Gianna February 22, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    Smoothie straws.

  65. Brittany Thomas February 22, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    I’ve been eyeing these straws FOREVER! Maybe now I’ll get to try them!

  66. Mette February 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    What’s the carbon foot print ad making, mailing and cleaning a glass straw, I wonder? How many plastic straws does it equal? If I’m very disciplined and keep one in a case in my purse I’ll never need one at restaurants again, though. *wanders off to compute*

  67. Michelle DuQuesnay June 5, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    I would love to get my hands on a bunch of these. I love straws too much to give up them. Reusable plastic one melt in the dishwasher and disposable ones are… well, too disposable.
    Can you post a link to buy these and how are they to clean?
    Best!
    Michelle

  68. Lando July 3, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Thanks so much for sharing this great info! My dhugater had a terrible addiction to drinking straws — one that I couldn’t get daddy to stop enabling! When I read this post, I clicked right over to Glass Dharma. Daughter is now the proud owner of a beautifully crafted glass drinking straw with a lifetime guarantee. Much gratitude to you and Glass Dharma!

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