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We get them with our fast food meals, at corner stores and just about anywhere that sells beverages - plastic straws. They seem harmless enough, after all they are used to drink almost anything and can be easily disposed into the garbage, or can they? Did you know hundreds upon thousands of plastic straws pollute our oceans, lakes, rivers and environments every single year.


Plastic takes anywhere from 500 to 1000 years to break down in the environment and often animals will mistake it for food, swallow it with painful and often deadly results. Think about this happening over and over for the next 15-20 years, what kind of environment are we leaving for our children and what kind of example are we setting showing them that it's OK to just "throw it away". Straws may seem like a small environmental problem but if you look at those numbers, it adds up and it makes sense to want to make a change.

Plastic has gotten a bad rap lately not only for the pollution it causes to the environment but also the dangers of the chemical BPA to our health when using plastics that may contain it including drinking straws. I doubt every one of the plastic straws people use daily are BPA free.

With so many reasons to say "no to plastic", people are switching from the traditional plastic straw to Eco-friendly, cleaner glass straws. I have always thought glass straws were a great idea as they are reusable but my only concern was how durable they are and how long would they last.
10-year Lampwork veteran, David Leonhardt is the creator of GlassDharma - the glass drinking straw. His idea came when he was working at a local glass shop and noticed the owner selling glass straws. Never hearing of these before he figured it was a great way to help reduce at least one misuse of plastic in our society.
Why use glass straws:
  • Glass straws are completely non-toxic
  • Each use of a glass straw is one less plastic straw in a landfill
  • Glass straws save money and replace thousands of plastic straws
  • Using glass drinking straws adds a feeling of elegance
  • Glass straws can be used in hot or cold beverages so they are great for any time of year! 

GlassDharma glass drinking straws are made of borosilicate tubing, the strongest glass commercially available which means they have spared no expense in bringing us the strongest, most durable drinking straw possible. GlassDharma glass drinking straws are an elegant and Eco-friendly addition to your kitchenware. GlassDharma glass drinking straws are guaranteed for life, if you happen to have a problem with your purchase you can simply contact their friendly customer service any time.

After learning more about glass straws, how they are made and the benefits from them we were happy to review a set of GlassDharma drinking straws for ourselves. My better half hates anything plastic when it comes to eating or drinking. He won't use plastic plates, cups, utensils or - you guessed it, straws! GlassDharma drinking straws are perfect as they also add elegance to any drink. I thought maybe we would "taste the glass" but you can't in fact I find the taste of my drinks better through a glass straw than plastic too.

Overall I think these are a great investment for any family and they would make a lovely gift as you can have them etched for a more personal touch too!


GlassDharma drinking straws Simple elegance series comes in four diameters - 14mm bubble tea, 12mm smoothie, 9.5mm ice tea and 7mm sipper. Also available is the Simple Elegance "Shorty" - at a 6.25" length, perfect for kids or smaller drinking glasses like a tumbler. Glass straws can be purchased individually or in sets on the GlassDharma website.



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Discloser: Review written by AmE on behalf of GlassDharma. We received complimentary product for review purposes. Opinions and comments are those of AmE.

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18 comments:

  1. A gazillion years ago, when I was a Candy Striper during high school, I remember using glass straws at the hospital. They seemed so "industrial" or "medicinal" to me and I switched to the jazzy, colourful, plastic ones as soon as they became popular. I now see the difference and I really liked the photo of the one with the tiny flowers on it. Sign me up for the contest. I'd convert for sure.
    Rosemary

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    1. I would love to know more about the history of Glass Straws from days gone by. My mom remembers them from hospitals. I think the 1940s and 1950s. They were not made of good quality glass and broke easily. I am looking for documentation about them with little luck so far.

      Does anyone remember them?

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  2. I learned that plastic can take anywhere from 500 to 1000 years to break down in the environment. Wow! That's a looooooong time!

    weezi_k (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  3. I learned that Plastic takes anywhere from 500 to 1000 years to break down in the environment and often animals will mistake it for food!
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

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  4. I learned that GlassDharma glass drinking straws are guaranteed for life. That's awesome!

    canadianangelxo at live dot ca

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  5. Awesome review, Alyssa!!! One straw at a time we will make a difference. Just say NO to plastic straws! :)

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  6. Wow. It takes 500to 1000 years for plastic to decompose.

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  7. I learned that Glass Daharma straws are safe and help save the environment.

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  8. I read information that reinforced what I already knew about glass vs. plastic. I love Glass Dharma straws!

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  9. It's bad enough plastic straws are toxic, but it's also sad how thousands of plastic straws pollute our oceans, lakes, rivers and environments every single year!

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  10. I learnt that BPA can be found in straws! My kids use straws :(, not anymore

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  11. I learned that Plastic takes anywhere from 500 to 1000 years to break down in the environment ...thats crazy!

    dalleykt at live dot ca

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  12. I learned that BPA can be found in straws, that's horrible!

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  13. I learned that plastic takes anywhere from 500 to 1000 years to break down. That's a long time.

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  14. I learned that plastic take anywhere from 500 to 1000 years to break down in the environment.

    tinalee351 at gmail dot com

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  15. I learned that plastic can take anywhere from 500 to 1000 years to break down in the environment. I was also surprised to read that you prefered the taste of the glass straw to the plastic. I would love to test it for myself.

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  16. they take 500 to 1000 years to break down in the environment

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  17. plastic can take 500 to 1000 years to break down

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