Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Plastic Free Challenge

Reducing The Plastic Habit

Plastic Free July is HERE & Plastic free is a BIG DEAL, so BalmBaby has planned some BIG festivities! Join in on the fun, starting (and ending) with the BalmBaby Challenge + Giveaway.

Challenge Details:
  •  Challenge will start July 1& end July 31, 2014. Form must be filled out & filled out HERE (it’s short)
  • Switch one thing either within your household or your place of business within the month of July that helps to reduce plastic use. Then post a picture to our FB ( and please do tag @GlassDharma on your posts!
  • Make sure you ALSO enter the GIVEAWAY via Rafflecopter. (Details on the Balm Baby Blog)  We added a giveaway to show our appreciation for the support of you taking the challenge.
  • Prizes include: $100 Gift Card to be used at our online shop ( * GlassDharma $25 Gift Card * Pura $50 Gift Pack * PLUS Stay tuned for MORE!
Baby Steps Peeps! Don’t stress or get all “perfectionist”! It can be intimidating sometimes, so just focus on your one little baby step.

WHY Take the Challenge?

Most people are unaware that plastic is a huge issue, not just to our planet, but our health.
Our Planet: Plastic will NEVER break down. 2oz. of plastic will ALWAYS be 2oz. of plastic & can only be down-cycled / up-cycled so many times.Our Health: When plastic is used for food or skin care containers, there are health concerns because plastic can leach, especially when warmed up, making even natural products become full of toxic chemicals, and therefore, no longer natural.

Get Informed! Be Part of the solution!  

Switch Ideas:

* Switch items with plastic material to more sustainable materials (glass, stainless steel, wood, clay, fabric, aluminum, etc.)
 * Buy some re-usable stainless steel or glass water bottles instead of plastic ones.
 * Buy some re-usuable stainless steel or glass food containers.
 * Buy in BULK, taking your re-usable containers in to fill up.

Feel free to switch as MANY things as you’d like (just don’t overwhelm yourselves!).


Plastic Free July (the organization that started it all), has their Challenge that we highly recommend doing. You can find more info on it & sign up HERE:

Check out what Beth Terry of My Plastic-free Life & Ecology Center are doing in the Bay Area, CA all month long as well!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sip The Solution - Winners announced!

And the winners are....

Congratulations to our 3 winners from our Instagram photo contest #sipthesolution!

We asked our winning contestants what they like about using GlassDharma glass straws and have included their quotes along with their winning photos.

Our first place winner for a GlassDharma $50.00 Gift Code is from Ohio.  Drum roll.....

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When I saw the amount of straws we use in our household, it was a no brainer to find a better solution for our love of straws. I saw a post on a friends Instagram account about GlassDharma straws and I knew we had our solution! We use our straws daily and love them! It is a perfect teaching moment for my kids as well.
~Nita C. @nitaleeann - Chesterland, Ohio

Two photos were chosen as 2nd place and each runner up contestant received a $25.00 gift code from GlassDharma.

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I heard of GlassDharma first through Instagram where I saw one of their pretty straws featured in a photograph. I was instantly in love and was excited to hear they ship worldwide. As a nutritionist I love sharing healthy smoothie recipes with my clients and I recommend GlassDharma straws to everyone who's interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle. It's the perfect way to enjoy the fun of sipping AND taking care of our planet! I'm a fan and I'm sure you'll become hooked too!
~ Lianne B. @liannebeijer - The Netherlands

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I was blessed to receive the Earth Day glass straw given away by GlassDharma and I have been in love ever since. I use them for sipping smoothies, juices, and even water and the taste in one word is "clean!" They are so much fun to use and they add a decorative and festive look and feel too your glassware. I will continue to add these awesome straws to my collection! GlassDharma, thank you for your commitment and dedication to improve the earth through the production of these phenomenal glass straws!
 ~ Cotenna C. @cdgitsme - Redwood City, CA

Please follow @GlassDharma on Instagram and watch for our next Instagram Photo Contest - July 16 - 30, 2014! 
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(Winners to be notified August 5th, 2014)
This will be our 2nd annual Mid Summer Sip.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Earth Day Straw Feedback

Can Earth Day Straws be a "Trigger" for Sippers?

by Cheryl Newcomb
and Yovana Mendoza
GlassDharma straws are designed with a specific purpose in mind. Over the years, the inventory has expanded slightly to include straws for different purposes. Different straw lengths and diameters with particular measurements meet requirements for certain beverages and glassware. There are even straws to replace those made of plastic that come in some reusable water bottles on our "underground" menu.

The goal at GlassDharma is to provide options for reusable, non-toxic drinking straws that are durable and elegant as an alternative to single-use plastic straws. Company policies include reducing the manufacturing, packaging, and shipping footprint as much as possible.

The majority of GlassDharma's fans and customer base consists of a community of health advocates: raw food chefs, vegans, vegetarians, juicing and cleanse advocates, and smoothie drinkers who love to use GlassDharma straws in their daily beverages. The creativity of this community is amazing as they show the many ways to use food as proper nutrition while their artful displays tempt the eye of the taster.

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photo by Cheryl Newcomb
Every year, GlassDharma gives away free  glass straws for Earth Day!  The number one purpose of this campaign is to get these straws into the hands of those who have not yet tried them. In past years, GlassDharma gave away the standard 9.5mm by 8 inch straw to participants in the Earth Day Event. This year, the Earth Day Straw is a new length which designed for a 2 fold purpose; to use as much of our glass materials as possible, to reduce materials waste in our facility, and to provide a new length straw that properly fits certain cups, stemware, and glassware that our former designs are just too long for. 

Over the years since GlassDharma started production, a bit of online chatter was discovered making reference to how the glass straws are reminiscent of certain drug paraphernalia.
These comments have been few and far between as the momentum keeps building from those excited about GlassDharma products and the simple solution they provide towards a sustainable lifestyle.

Many letters and comments appear with thanks for the "Earth Day Straw" declaring how much participants from the GlassDharma Earth Day Trivia project love this straw for drinking beverages. As time went on, it was discovered that not everyone was happy with their Earth Day Straw.

One participant posted a comment on the GlassDharma Facebook wall regarding her surprise at receiving something from us similar to what she had used in her past as drug paraphernalia.  In response, we stated that we were not familiar with this type of use for our glass straws. Shorter glasses and stemware require a shorter straw so the function is in the design of the Earth Day Straw. We Congratulated her on her recovery and suggested that she might like to sip a smoothie or fresh juice in a fancy stemware glass like a martini glass to have a new association to healthy habits using our straws! Most of our thanks for these straws come from a huge community of health advocates and eco conscious consumers, so we also expressed hope that she might include herself in this kind of a community that has great love for herself, her health and our planet, where we all live together. We then wished her a Happy Earth Day!

The comment brought up a sensitive topic, but one that is important to address; the subject of "triggers" and how an object might be associated with a former lifestyle.  Triggers can be different for anyone affected by them.  Items that might be identified as "triggers" can be something like a shot glass for a recovering alcoholic, or an ashtray for a former smoker. The association of a "prop" from a former activity may bring certain feelings about a previous era for those who have since entered a new lifestyle.  Early stages of recovery from addiction include avoiding "triggers" that may become problematic for the success of an addiction recovery program.

With these ideas in mind, GlassDharma advocates that all of our straws to be used as drinking straws! Just as a good knife can be used to make wonderful and healthy food, it can also be used to cause damage; knives are still sold with the expectation that they be used safely. We are happy to see so many photos of our Earth Day Straws in drinkware that finally have the perfect glass straw to fit. The many notes expressing delight and thanks for a product that is functional and sustainable are still coming into our inboxes.  We have included this straw as a main menu item on our shopping cart.

GlassDharma advocates positive health practices and encourages straw users everywhere to consider real glassware and reusable straws as best choices for our environment and as chemical free, non-toxic options. A lifestyle change such as recovery from an addiction might eventually invite a former binge drinker to purposely choose the glassware that they once used for alcoholic beverages as a fancy new way to sip healthy juices and smoothies. This modification in their pattern of thought can create new and improved associations with objects once symbolizing an unhealthy lifestyle, and transforms them into feelings of self control and freedom.

We asked Yovana Mendoza from Rawvana on You Tube about triggers and how they play a part in a changed lifestyle toward healthy choices and healthy living.

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Yovana Mendoza - "Rawvana"
Here is what Yovana shares -

Over a year ago, I completely changed my lifestyle and left a very unhealthy habit of binge drinking. I turned to raw foods and living a healthy and balanced lifestyle filled with love, physical activity, productiveness, and connection with God. Living my previous lifestyle, I had completely forgotten about those missing aspects in my life, I tried to fill those voids with partying, and addictions like drinking and smoking cigarettes, even smoking marijuana. It was normal for me at the time, I was so caught up in that destructive world that it was impossible for me to see the light.

In one of those horrible hangovers I had, I decided I needed a DETOX from the partying and drinking. My mind was foggy; the moral hangovers were making me depressed, anxious, just being alone with myself brought up many negative feelings. I knew it was not normal for me to feel this way and I also knew that turning to anti depressants and anti anxiety pills was not going to fix it. I had tried that before and it did not work. After that, detox was when I turned to raw foods and made the decision to change and make the action steps needed in order to do it.

After more than a year without a sip of alcohol, I can now call myself a recovered addict. Was it easy? No. It took a lot of healing to get me where I am no, and I am still healing. Have I had triggers? YES! Many! I am now a health advocate and inspire others to lead a healthier lifestyle and leave behind addictions because they rob us from the purpose we were designed to have in this world.

I used to post pictures on my Instagram page of my champagne and wine glasses, now I post pictures of my healthy smoothies in champagne glasses, wine glasses, mason jars, and I often use Glass Dharma glass straws because they really add a lovely feel to drinking a smoothie or juice, it makes the experience much more enjoyable. I think they are unique and make people want to drink healthy beverages.

I am grateful for triggers because they are an indication I needed to do some inner work. I have learned that we cannot blame anyone for every negative feeling we have, we have to turn the camera around and point it to ourselves. When triggers come up for me, I take some time to relax, lay down, meditate, be in a calm space, maybe turn on some soothing music and just breathe deeply, slow down my mind and ask myself "what is really going on?". It also helps to talk to someone; I talk to my parents all the time about my anxious feelings. Letting it out helps because when you speak it aloud instead of just thinking it in your head, it becomes more powerful.

I am on a constant road of self-development, self-healing, and nourishment. The important thing is knowing how to cope with triggers and issues and work on them so we can become a better version of ourselves!

Yes, let us all be "a better version of ourselves"! Thank you, Yovana for sharing your experiences and insight.  Please visit Rawvana on YouTube where she demonstrates fabulous recipes. There is even a new Ravana's Raw Recipes App for recipes and shopping lists to make this healthy way of eating and drinking as easy as ever!  Watch for a new Rawvana revamped website - coming soon!

We invite your comments and opinions on this topic, and for general feedback on the Earth Day Straw.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Outdoor Cookouts and Entertaining

Outdoor Grilling and Summertime Meals

by Angela Yannessa
GlassDharma wants to help you Green your Barbecues this Spring and Summer! It is easy to do once you take notice of reusable options over their "disposable" counterparts.

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photo by Didriks on Flickr
If you are hosting an event, use real stuff! Don't waste money on paper or plastic cups, utensils, and plates that will leave you with a large amount of waste, use plates and utensils you already have! A run of the dishwasher or a load of dishes in the sink is minimal to the amount of time and money you will save not buying plastic ware. In addition, it is  much better for the environment and health of you and your guests.

Have you invited more people than you have plates for? How can you cut out the need for "disposable" products in such a large party setting? Consider the number of people attending the event, and if you will not have enough plates/utensils/glasses on hand, ask someone who is helping coordinate or bringing a side dish to bring a set of plates. You can also borrow from a neighbor, or just ask everyone to bring their own plates and utensils. Cloth napkins can be used, and instead of plastic tablecloths that get thrown away, you can use cloth, towels, or sheets.  The main goal is to reduce waste, so get creative. Use leftover jars from pickles or jam for drinking glasses. For kebabs, use  a rosemary stem or metal skewers instead of single use wooden ones. Once you start coming up with new ideas, the rest will easily come to you.

In addition to lessening your footprint, food served from ceramic plates and glass dishes over plastic or aluminum simply looks more appealing. Let the foods do the decorating for you! Fruit plates, vegetables, and your grilled meals served in glass or ceramic show off the true beauty of the food itself, and you won't feel the need for space filler decorations. Beverages taste better from glasses over plastic, and we all know plastic knives have never been useful for cutting. What better way to impress guests than with real serve-ware, delicious food, all the while being conscious of the environment? This doesn't stop with forks, knives, and plates either; putting your GlassDharma straws in a vase for use in beverages will serve as a centerpiece, and will be sure to start some conversations.

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Photo by Jeremy Keith
Besides serve ware, the next place to cut the most waste is the grocery store. For food purchasing, bring your own shopping bags, and as much as possible, containers to carry your meat and vegetables out plastic free. Jars, Pyrex, and other glass options are best for meat, while light netted bags are great for vegetables and fruits. Try to buy local products as much as possible, which also reduces your footprint. As soon as you get home and unpack your bags, you will see the amount of waste reduced from bringing your own containers and bags.

When it comes time for food preparation, the grill is the perfect outdoor choice in the warm weather. It allows you to enjoy the warm, fresh air, and keeps the house cool in the midst of late Spring and Summer heat! In addition, it allows extra fats to be removed from meat in the cooking process, and retains more beneficial vitamins. Fruits and vegetables are also really great when grilled- and many maintain more nutrients when grilled, and overall grilled food comes out tender and delicious, retaining its best natural flavors.
Another consideration for the environment is the type of grill you use. Gas and propane grills have been found to be best, causing the least amount of pollution when compared with coal fired grills.

Below are some ideas for different types of food to grill to change it up for your barbecue. If grilling meat, be sure not to let it burn.** This can be done by first choosing small cuts of lean meat, and turning them often while cooking. Thicker cuts take longer to cook on the inside, so the outer portion is more likely to burn. Besides not tasting good, from a health standpoint this charring can expose the meat to carcinogens that are not good to ingest. These substances can also arise when fat drips from the meat hitting the flames and traveling back up in the smoke. For the best, healthiest results, make sure to start with a clean grill, and focus more of the meal on vegetables and fruits which do not produce these substances.

As a staple in many kitchens, chicken can become a boring meal throughout the year. When the warm weather arrives and the grill can be used,  it allows many different recipes and flavors to be used to enhance the dish and make it more interesting. Barbecue sauce, teriyaki, and peanut sauces pair perfectly with chicken and provide a great range of flavor.

Do you have a flat grill plate? While open grates work fine for many vegetables and fruits, the flat plate will give you more control from fallen pieces, as well as seasoning. This is a great way to make "fries" at home without the grease! Sweet potato OR regular, slice into centimeter thick strips, oil your grill plate and grill until tender. Close the lid of the grill to allow them to get crispy on the outside. Season with salt and pepper to taste, in addition to any other favorite flavor. Garlic and parmesan are a great pair for fries. "Baked" potatoes are easy on the grill, too!

Veggie burgers are easy to make at home with bread crumbs, quinoa, and sweet potato, or black beans, mushrooms, and corn. See the recipe here.

Heads of romaine can be grilled for a twist on your traditional salad, as well as homemade pizza!
For side dishes like potato, chicken, or egg salad, avocado can replace mayo; just peel, remove the pit, and toss it in the food processor with some lime juice and black pepper!

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Individual Drinks in Jars
For keeping drinks cool, use a wheelbarrow or borrow a friends cooler so you don't have to buy one you might only use this once. Have an open flower box or two? Fill them with ice and beverages for cold drinks! Many pint sized jars are freezer proof- fill those with your drink of choice and put them in your cooler.

Any grilled meal pairs perfectly with a lavender lemonade complete with GlassDharma straw! Lemonade is great for any hot day, and the addition of lavender spices it up a little and provides an enjoyable and unique flavor. Lavender also contains many health benefits, is anti-inflammatory, and will help you digest your grilled meal. Try this recipe for your next barbecue. A splash of gin works wonderfully in addition, if desired.

All in all, keeping it simple will allow you to cut out waste from plastic and paper items, and have a beautiful party with delicious food.

** See how using a beer based marinade can reduce possible carcinogens in the INH Health Watch Newsletter

What are your favorite summer recipes? Please share your favorite recipes with GlassDharma in the comments.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Plant a Garden for Earth Day

Gardening in April

             by Angela Yannessa

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Early spring is the perfect time to plant your garden, even if there is still a chill in the air. Do you dream of a large backyard vegetable garden that will feed your family through the Fall, or growing your own ingredients for smoothies and juices? Maybe you want to add some eye catching flowers and plants to your front walkway. In any case, GlassDharma has gathered some tips for you. These are great activities to do with friends and family through April for Earth Month. Give the Earth around you some care, and watch your future salad, smoothies, and juices grow!

Always consider the many different varieties within each plant group, and take some time to find out which will best suit your garden and local climate. Growing plants native to your area can make tending to your garden much easier and ultimately more successful. This can be achieved by asking your local nursery or doing some research online. Keep in mind the temperature and forecast for seed starting; some plants can handle a frost and others cannot.

Pick an area in your yard that gets sunlight and is not often disturbed by pets/kids, and check your soil. (If pets will be close by, be sure nothing you are planting is toxic to them.)  You will want to learn if the pH levels are balanced (though some plants will thrive in acidic soil, others in alkaline). The easiest way to check is with litmus paper (available online or at the local pharmacy store), which offer an inexpensive option and provide a speedy answer.

  • Mix about 2 teaspoons of soil from the garden area with 1/4 cup of distilled or rain water to form a thick liquid. Allow it to set for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Dip the test strip in the mixture and let it sit for 30 seconds. Rinse with the distilled or rain water, and compare the color it changes to the pH chart (which will come with your litmus paper).

It is easy to check the consistency of soil, a factor that can tell you a lot about the nutrients already there. Check out Organic Gardening’s resource for checking soil. There are a lot of steps here, and it might seem a little time consuming at first. It is much better to start with the right soil then to only find out the condition is poor when your plants do not grow. Once this step is complete, start digging! Using a rake and shovel, work the soil and remove weeds to prepare for planting.

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Swiss Chard
For some easy vegetables to start with, consider leafy greens like kale, Swiss chard, spinach, and lettuce. These are typically viewed as winter growth, but can provide many months of food when planted in the early spring. Kale is strong enough to withstand frosts as well as warmer temperatures, and will nourish you and your family with various vitamins. Lettuce and spinach are also healthy, easy, and fruitful leafy crops.

  • Plant in neutral soil during early spring (lettuce can be planted indoors first, then transplanted outside)
  • Water roots in the morning regularly. Kale and spinach thrive with moisture, lettuce can stand dryness. 
  • Once lettuce leaves grow, harvest to allow more to grow, until it bolts (forming flowers)
  • Kale and spinach are fantastic additions to smoothies and juices

Potatoes are easily planted for starter gardens as well. Being left too long in the pantry, potatoes will start to sprout. Take advantage of this! Planting sprouted potatoes instead of throwing them away avoids waste and can reward you with freshly grown vegetables for years to come.
  • Place sprouted potato in a warm, sunny place inside
  • After a couple weeks to a month, carefully cut the potato between the sprouts, leaving a couple "eyes" within each cut, and let them dry for 1-2 days
  • Plant eye side up, spread them out 6-10 inches to allow the potatoes to grow to an adequate size 
  • Enjoy roasted with herbs, mashed, in a potato salad, or one of the other endless possibilities
Green beans and snap peas are great to have on hand and easy plants to start from seedlings. These will survive much better if planted inside and nurtured for a couple of weeks prior to outdoor planting.
  •  Use eggshell halves for initial planters: they are the perfect size and the shell provides calcium to the growing seedling.
  • Rotting commonly occurs; it is a good idea to plant extra seedlings to make up for some lost. 
  • When planting a vining variety, be sure to provide a large stake, trellis, or plant them near a fence so the vines can climb.
  • If the season has a steady amount of rainfall, the peas/beans will only need watering weekly.
  • Eat them raw for a quick, healthy snack, or cook alongside your favorite meal
Lavender provides a beautiful and fragrant plant, and makes a nice addition to various main courses, side dishes, and even beverages. Include it in a dry rub for seasoning meat, juices/smoothies, lemonade, mojitos, roasted potatoes, and more! 
  • Lavender needs a plot or pot with good drainage. It can withstand drought and will not survive with too much moisture.
  • Line the bottom of the pot with stones to ensure good drainage.
  • At harvest, separate the lavender you plan to dry, tie the ends and hang upside down. Once dried, these will be best used for spicing, tea, and even for a calming smoothie to sip with your GlassDharma straw.
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Gaillardia or “Blanket Flowers” grow tall each year and produce beautiful, vibrant colors above many leaves. Have fun with different textures and styles in the garden, contrasting big blooming flowers to grasses and shrubs.

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Kale Grown in a Pot from Seed
For those with limited space, planting in pots outside your doors can be the best option to serve as your garden and an inviting display. Baskets, pails, old coffee tins, milk cartons, and old juice bottles are useful tools for planting as well. Herbs can thrive right in your kitchen window. Whether you are roasting veggies, chicken, making soup, or pizza, additions such as basil and rosemary from your own garden will surely spice up the dish. The fragrance of herbs adds a nice touch in the house as well, acting as a natural deodorizer. 

To maintain all of your new garden plants, make your own organic fertilizer with compost from your kitchen/yard to be sure they thrive. It might take some getting used to, but fruit and vegetable scraps, pulp from the juicer, egg shells, used coffee grinds, grass, and leaves from your yard can help your soil nurture your plants.
Other options suggest including rock phosphate and kelp; you can make your own mixture if you make sure to have nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, and micronutrients. Organic fertilizers are also available commercially. 

Is Your Garden Complete?

We hope your gardens are prosperous and provide many years of beauty and nourishment for your efforts. If your home garden is complete or you would rather work with a group, consider volunteering for a cooperative garden that benefits a school, senior center, or low-income project. Other options include joining a local community effort of planting trees or cleaning up a beach or park, especially throughout April for Earth Month! Educational events like talks and expos can help you and your family learn more about an environmental cause, and serve as motivation to be kinder to the Earth.  


Where are the Friends of GlassDharma this Earth Day?

GlassDharma founders David and Gail are attending EcoCruz's Earth Day Santa Cruz event! Beth Terry of My Plastic Free Life will be joining them for the event on Saturday, April 19 for a day of fun, educational information and activities. 

Milo Cress of Be Straw Free will be speaking at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on May 10 for the Ocean Plastic Pollution Seminar, and later in the month at the  Marine Research Center in Port Townsend, Washington. Milo has won the Founder's Medal for the Daughter's of the American Revolution as a result of his hard work spreading the word about the downsides of plastic straws. Great job Milo!  

Carter and Olivia of One More Generation have written a Proclamation requesting an entire month during the school year be designated as "Plastic Awareness Month" so schools will be required to teach students about the issue and help them find solutions they can immediately introduce.  This Proclamation is now being introduced in Washington DC for consideration nationwide. 

If you will be in Pawleys Island, SC on Earth Day, be sure to see this fabulous movie, "Plastic Paradise" sponsored by a group of environmentally inspired peepers and the turtle conservation group, SCUTE. Plastic effects everything and everyone! 

Danielle and Chelsie of Balloons Blow will be focused on Beach Cleanups and spreading awareness to others to not wait for one day a year to get involved! 

What are you doing for Earth Day 2014? 

GlassDharma and friends focus beyond Earth Day/Month, spreading the word to treat every day like Earth Day! We hope you will participate throughout the year in these, or other, events.  Please share your own local events in the comments of this post and tell us about your own Earth Day festivities and celebrations. Sharing keeps the spirit of the day alive all year long!  

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Earth Day Cocktail

The Earth Day Cocktail and Mocktail Recipes

DIY - Anthony Caporale from Art of the Drink shows you how to create your own Earth Day Cocktail!  This recipe and a variation, The Earth Day Mocktail recipe is published by GlassDharma for your own celebrations.  Happy Earth Day!

The Earth Day Cocktail
           by Art Of the Drink

-In a mixing tin half-filled with ice, add:
1 oz. Gin
1 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Juice of 1 fresh Lemon (1 oz.)
-Shake until the tin is frosted.
-Double strain into a rocks glass over blueberry ice cube.
-Serve with a GlassDharma Earth Day Straw.

Blueberry Juice Ice Cube
-Mix equal parts blueberry juice cocktail and water.
-Pour into ice mold.
-Freeze overnight.

Fresh Blueberry Juice Ice Cube
-Blend 1 cup fresh blueberries with 1 cup water.
-Fine strain to remove seeds.
-Pour into ice mold.
-Freeze overnight.

The Earth Day Mocktail
            by Art Of the Drink

-In a mixing tin half-filled with ice, add:
1 oz. Non-Alcoholic Elderflower Cordial
Juice of 1 fresh Lemon (1 oz.)
-Shake until the tin is frosted.
-Double strain into a rocks glass over blueberry ice cube.
-Top with club soda
-Serve with a GlassDharma Earth Day Straw.

Blueberry Juice Ice Cube
-Mix equal parts blueberry juice cocktail and water.
-Pour into ice mold.
-Freeze overnight.

Fresh Blueberry Juice Ice Cube
-Blend 1 cup fresh blueberries with 1 cup water.
-Fine strain to remove seeds.
-Pour into ice mold.
-Freeze overnight.

About the Earth Day Straw by GlassDharma

This year's Earth Day Straw has a two fold purpose, allowing GlassDharma's footprint to lessen at the same time as yours. The Earth Day Straw is made with the same specific annealing formula exclusive to GlassDharma straws. Their durability is comparable to all of our other straws and they come with the same Lifetime Guarantee against breakage.

Monday, February 17, 2014

GlassDharma 2014 Earth Day Trivia Project

Plastic is Drastic Trivia Project begins on March 10th, 2014

It’s finally here! In keeping with an annual tradition, GlassDharma is giving away 1000 free straws for Earth Day, 2014.

GlassDharma has been working on a Trivia Project for you and you are invited to participate beginning on March 10th. This link will take you to our Plastic is Drastic Trivia project. You will meet “GlassDharma Dude” and have access to our informational page. From there, answer 10 trivia questions correctly, and submit a form with your name and contact information so we can ship your free straw (if you are among the first 1000 to complete).

Why does GlassDharma have this annual tradition? We believe in reusable, sustainable living every day of the year, but this is a special day to draw attention to the need to be part of the Pollution Solution!

The first organized Earth Day event was April 22, 1970, following a huge oil spill in California. This brought attention to more problems involving pollution, pesticides, and detriments to the environment, all of which are man- made. This effort in 1970 increased each year thereafter, bringing together not just Americans but people across the globe for a common cause.

GlassDharma believes in the power of our actions to stop plastic pollution and knows that by providing resources to learn about this issue, in addition to awarding you your free Earth Day straw, you can make a difference!

This year’s Earth Day Straws are exclusive to this event and are not available from our current inventory. They also have a two fold purpose, allowing GlassDharma’s footprint to lessen at the same time as yours. There is always extra glass when straws are cut; some of this glass is very small in size, and often gets reused by local friends of GlassDharma for crafts and gardening purposes. Other cuts are just shy of being part of the “Shorty” size line, but are just as useful for mugs, short glasses, and stemware; these are this years Earth Day Straws!

Participants will get to choose the diameter of their straw, a 9.5mm (Ice Tea Straw) or 12mm (Smoothie Straw). The Earth Day straws are made with the same high quality borosilicate glass using the same specific annealing formula exclusive to GlassDharma straws. Their durability is comparable to all of our other straws and they come with the same Lifetime Guarantee against breakage.

GlassDharma will ship the 1000 free straws out of Fort Bragg, California starting on the 1st of April, 2014, and continue for the duration of the month. This offer is good in the USA only.

* Did you receive an email confirmation from GlassDharma?  If not (make sure to check your spam folder), please re-check every step in your entry process to assure your submission to our 1000 Free Straw Giveaway for Earth Day 2014.  Only participants with email confirmation will be eligible for a free straw.

Update March 18, 2014:

GlassDharma reached the goal of 1000 trivia participants for a free straw in less than 48 hours-- the fastest event to date! We had so many eager participants and could not have reached these numbers so quickly without you. We know that everyone who receives their new straw will be instrumental in reducing plastic waste on our planet.
It is not over yet though--we decided to include a bonus to those after the initial 1000 to show our appreciation for your desire to learn how to be the Pollution Solution.

While the first 1000 completed participants will receive a free Earth Day Straw, later entries in the trivia project will be given a one time use coupon code for the value of the Earth Day Straw.

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Earth Day Glass Straw ready to sip!
Earth Day Mixology by Art of the Drink:

Anthony Caporale from Art Of The Drink will fill this glass with his new Earth Day Cocktail created in honor of Earth Day 2014.  Two recipes will be provided, one for an Earth Day Cocktail and another for an Earth Day Mocktail. Stay tuned for our next GlassDharma E-newsletter to check out this latest creation.

You can read more about Anthony Caporale by visiting:


Olivia Ku from Love Health Fitness on YouTube shows you how to use your new Earth Day Straw in this DIY for her specialty Earth Day inspired drink recipes.