Thursday, November 7, 2013

Glass Dharma: The Original Glass Straw & a Giveaway!

Glass straws. Either you love them, or you've never heard of them. I'll admit that I was the latter until a couple of weeks ago. But now I want to replace every single plastic straw in my house with glass straws. (Thanks for the new obsession Glass Dharma.)

I know what you're thinking. Glass? As a straw? But this isn't just any kind of glass we're talking about. Borosilicate glass is the strongest commercial glass available (think Pyrex) & Glass Dharma uses borosilicate tubing for their straws. They even anneal their glass under computer controlled conditions to follow guidelines set by Corning, Inc. (the makers of Pyrex). If you know anything about Pyrex, you know it takes a lot for it to break. Same goes for these glass straws.


I received 4 straws from Glass Dharma; a sipper straw, a smoothie straw & 2 iced tea straws.


The sipper straw (7mmX6.25") is the perfect size for little kids with little cups. This one just happens to be in the Decorative Dot Collection which has two dots of colored glass (available in amber-pictured, red, green, blue, clear & black), making them perfect to identify your drink. Damien loved that he got to use the "coolest straw ever" & I loved that he couldn't chew on it. Especially since that's the #1 reason why we go through so many plastic straws. (There has to be a landfill somewhere of just plastic straws that kids chewed up.)

Check out this photo on Instagram!

The smoothie straw (12mmX9") is just what I've needed for the longest time. I'm a huge fan of smoothies & in the mornings I like to add some oatmeal to them. Have you ever tried to drink an oatmeal smoothie through a regular plastic straw? It doesn't work. At all. But this one from the Simple Elegance Collection is perfect!


The iced tea straws (9.5mmX9") are the closest to a plastic straw as far as size goes. I received one from the Decorative Dots Collection (in blue) & one from the Beautiful Bend Collection. I have to say that I prefer the Beautiful Bend on this one. I'm not sure if it's because it rests on my glass perfectly, or if it's just because it has a bend & bendy straws remind me of my childhood. Either way, it's the bend in the end.


There is also a bubble tea straw (14mmX9") that I need to get my hands on. Seeing as how I recently discovered I love bubble tea & make it at home now.

Now I know you've got to be wondering how you store glass straws. Well, the best way, in a glass. A mason jar glass or another pretty glass is a great way to store them on the counter or even in a cupboard. Just be sure if you store them in the drawer with the rest of the utensils, you keep them protected.

So why do we love Glass Dharma Glass Straws? They're durable, reusable, sustainable, easy to clean, safe for hot or cold drinks, dishwasher safe, microwave safe, lead free & come with a hassle-free lifetime guarantee against breakage & a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Wow, that's a lot of reasons! And let's not forget that one glass straw can replace up to hundreds of plastic straws (If not more)!

*Cleaning brushes are occasionally boxed with a straw to reduce excess packaging. They do not always come with one.

Eager to try Glass Dharma Glass Straws for yourself?


One lucky winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate Gift Code emailed to them directly from Glass Dharma.
The giveaway will conclude on at 12:00 a.m. est on Friday 11/15/13. Winners will be announced via rafflecopter & in a separate blog post which will be published no later than 9:00 a.m. on Friday 11/15/13. Winners will also be notified via email & announced on the Smith and Blessings facebook page. Winners will have 48 hours to confirm email address which will then be passed directly to Glass Dharma for product distribution. If 48 hours has lapsed, a new winner will be picked & then will also have 48 hours to submit their information. *Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

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 **Disclaimer: I received these products to try from Glass Dharma & am simply sharing my personal opinion which may vary from yours. I was not compensated for this review.

40 comments:

  1. I have heard of these/read about these but never actually drank using them - I'd like to try them out of curiosity's sake (also love the fact they are reusable!)

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  2. I have never heard of the company before, so I'd like to try them out.

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  3. I love to use a straw and being green too!

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  4. I like living as green as possible, every little thing helps : )

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  5. I'd like to try these because I always drink with straws & it would definitely save some money in the long run!

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

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  6. i'd like to try them to be more eco-friendly!

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  7. I want to try Glass Dharma Straws because they're reusable.

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  8. I use a lot of straws and I want to reduce my waste with a reusable product.

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  9. I love drinking through a straw, and the concept of being able to wash and reuse a glass straw is exciting to me! It's a great way to avoid wasting resources.

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  10. I am trying to get away from anything plastic. I also like that these are washable and reusable.

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  11. I have never heard of these. Very unique!

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  12. Very interesting. I prefer to be eco friendly, we don't do straws to limit waste but this would let my kids enjoy straws without throwing away all that plastic.

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  13. because they are eco friendly and something new to make drinks fun!

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  14. We use straws for everything. These would be more eco friendly :)

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  15. I like that they're environmentally friendly

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  16. Because I have heard a lot of good things about them! jessicapeeling@yahoo.com

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  17. I love to drink from a straw! This would be great in my reusable cup. Then my son can't chew it up.

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  18. I would like to try these. My daughter loves to use a straw.

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  19. I would like to have a straw that lasts!

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  20. because glass is so much healthier than plastics and they will last longer
    crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

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  21. I love that these are reusable. We go through way too many straws

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  22. I want these for a friend. He always uses a straw and I know he would love having thse reusable ones

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  23. I'd like to try them because they're eco-friendly. We go through a LOT of straws at my house.

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  24. I drink daily smoothies so this would be great! I go through them like crazy.

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  25. I would like to try them because I am a big recycler, but I also love using straws.

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  26. I love straws, but hate to have the waste of plastic!

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  27. I have seen them and love the idea of not using plastic straws.

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  28. we go through sooo many straws. what a great way to save plastic and money!

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  29. Would love these! We try not to use straws in our house because they're so wasteful. This would be a fun substitution!

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  30. I always drink with a straw and have some thick heavy duty plastic ones but they are now warped from excessive heat so I would love to try glass ones!

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  31. i'd like to try them to be more eco-friendly.

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  32. Just started trying "bubble tea" so I need the big ol' straws!

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  33. I like that these are ecofriendly.

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  34. I love straws and can't wait to check out the 'bubble tea' version

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  35. They sound very interesting and better for the enviroment.

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  36. They're good for my kids (no chemicals from plastic), easy to clean and reusable. I love it!

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