Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mid Summer Sip Glass Straw Photo Contest

Mid Summer Sip

Join the fun - win some glass straws!
(via electronic gift certificate)

GlassDharma's 4th annual Mid Summer Sip Photo Contest is underway and runs through July 22nd.

$100.00 gift code grand prize and two $50.00 gift code prizes will be awarded to winners by email. Winners will be contacted via social media for their email contact information.

Our Judging panel will be made up of GlassDharma staff members.

To enter this contest, simply post your glass straw photos on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with hashtags:

#glassdharma and #midsummersip16

The photos that GlassDharma reposts, retweets, and shares, will automatically be the pool of contestants for the judging to begin.

Winners will be announced in the August Newsletter so make sure sign up here!

Water with Mint garnish and a
Simple Elegance GlassDharma glass straw!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Earth Day 2016: 500 GlassDharma Glass Straw Giveaway!

(Ft. Bragg, CA) - March 1, 2016 – 
How many of us have ordered a drink or glass of water at a restaurant, bar or cafe and noticed how often a single-use plastic straw is automatically placed in our glass? How many of us have ordered a drink and said “no straw please” only to then receive one when your drink was brought out? How many of us have brought our own reusable GlassDharma straw, shown it to the server or barista and then STILL received a plastic one with your drink? ...TOO MANY!

Consumer demand and feedback is a powerful mechanism for influencing company decisions. In honor of Earth Day 2016, we are giving away 1 free straw to each of the first 500 people who write letters to restaurants and restaurant suppliers regarding their plastic straw policies. We will also offer a $100 gift certificate for 2 grand prize winners! *International participants see below.
There are multiple campaigns going on around the world urging restaurants and entire municipalities to adopt "ask first" straw policies and to source plastic straw alternatives. More restaurants, cafes and bars are coming on-board every day, thanks to the inspired and forward-thinking advocacy of people like you! Some cities are even working on initiatives to ban single-use plastic straws altogether! Our last letter-writing campaign had over 600 letters submitted to restaurants worldwide!

You are invited to participate in the GlassDharma Glass Straw Giveaway for Earth Day 2016!

To enter, simply choose a restaurant or restaurant supplier and write a letter to the managers/owners suggesting they take responsibility for the growing amounts of single use straw trash that is clogging waterways, choking wildlife and littering our entire Planet. The letter is intended to spur thought and contain helpful suggestions of how they can be leaders in the changes that will heal our Earth’s trash problems. Keep in mind there are many people that do not even give a thought to where plastic straws might go to once they are “thrown away” or just how many accumulate over time!

Here are the steps to take to receive your free GlassDharma Earth Day Straw and how to qualify for the 2 Grand Prizes

1) Write and send at least 1 letter to a restaurant or restaurant supplier
-- 1st 500 people receive a free Earth Day Straw (*offer for US only - includes free shipping)
-- Each letter gives you 1 entry into the drawing for a $100 gift certificate (unlimited entries per person) This can include international.
-- We will also will award a separate $100 gift certificate to the person who sent the most letters! This can include international.
2) Copy your letter (or 1 version) into an email and send to earthdayglassdharma@gmail.com. Please include the contact info of the restaurant AND your personal contact info so that a free GlassDharma glass straw can be mailed to you.
Note: *Contact information for entrants and restaurants must include, full name, phone number, mailing address and email address.
3) In the email you may also let us know your preference for your free Earth Day straw - Ice Tea (9.5mm) or Smoothie (12mm) x 5" +/- 1/4". Honoring your preference depends on availability.  

When you write your letter(s) here are some points you may want to include for restaurants:
  • Suggest that they consider adopting an "ask first" policy before automatically giving out plastic straws (this is a cost savings to them!)
  • Ask that they consider using compostable straws instead of plastic ones
  • Suggest they encourage their customers to bring their own reusable straws (or even selling them at their restaurant!) They could consider offering GlassDharma Straws!
  • Check out thelastplasticstraw.org for more resources and ideas!
*GlassDharma will award one Grand Prize Winner a $100.00 gift certificate coupon code for the most letters written and one Grand Prize Winner a $100.00 gift certificate coupon code for the winner of the general drawing. Although people outside of the United States are not eligible for the free straw, they can submit letters to be entered into the Grand Prize gift certificates.


*Entries will be received through Earth Day, 4/22/2016. We will start shipping straws the beginning of March but don’t expect your straw before May. The Grand Prize drawing will be held the week after Earth Day and the Grand prize winner for most letters written will also be determined. In case of a tie for most letters written, the names will be put in a drawing.  Winners will be notified by email by April 30th.

*Family participation details - yes, kids can participate. There will be 1 straw per person who writes and sends us their own letter (up to the 500 people). Parents can send the email from their email address but must state that it is from their child with their name included and the letters need to be to different restaurants than their parents.

*While international participants will not be able to receive a free straw due to shipping costs, they can still participate and qualify for the 2 grand prizes. Follow the instructions for how to submit your letters and information via email.
Summary of Details
-- 1st 500 people receive a free Earth Day Straw (offer for US only - includes free shipping)
-- Each letter gives you 1 entry into the drawing for a $100 gift certificate (unlimited entries per person) This can include international submissions.
-- We will also will award a separate $100 gift certificate to the person who sent the most letters! This can include international submissions.
-- Watch our Facebook page for the announcement that 500 people has been reached -
we encourage you to enter early!  
--  Start Date is March 1st
-- Entries due by Earth Day April 22nd
-- Drawing is done and announced by April 30th
-- The Free Earth Day straw has a $9.00 value (including $3 shipping)
-- Email entries to earthdayglassdharma@gmail.com
Note:  There will be an auto-response to your emails of receipt but not necessarily that you have met the criteria for receiving a free straw.  You will receive notification within 1 week of submitting your letter(s) if you have met the qualifications. Please do not contact us until May regarding where your free straw is.

    GlassDharma was founded on the idea of starting with something small, simple and ordinary: a drinking straw! Replacing this one everyday single-use plastic item with a reusable alternative has become a “teaching tool” that inspires many to make a switch toward reducing waste and eliminating the need for plastics in general. GlassDharma’s vision of a clean planet and healthy environment for all who live here is reflected in every straw we sell. Please join us in our call to end single-use plastic straws by participating in our letter-writing campaign!

Happy Earth Day 2016 – from GlassDharma


GlassDharma - sip the world. make a difference.

For more information on GlassDharma, please visit www.glassdharma.com.

Questions about Earth Day 2016?
Contact: Gail or Stephanie
Gail Johnson
Partnerships and Promotions

Stephanie Shaffer,
Community Manager



Saturday, February 27, 2016

The History of Free Glass Straws for Earth Day

GlassDharma - The Mission

Forty years ago, the first Earth Day started a revolution of change. Each Earth Day we focus on ideas of Earth Care and how our choices can change and affect the world we live in. Each of us make decisions every day about how our routine practices will affect our planet, a place we will one day leave behind.

Eight years ago, David Leonhardt, founder of GlassDharma decided the best way to get the new idea of reusable straws noticed, was to give them away.  Soon after the GlassDharma company website went live, he began getting the word out that he would give away glass straws for Earth Day.  The word got around and hundreds of people got a free glass straw once they emailed their shipping information to GlassDharma.  Every year since, GlassDharma celebrates Earth day by giving away free glass straws!

“Earth Day is about awareness and about focusing thoughts on something that is important to us.” says Gail Johnson, co-owner of GlassDharma. She continues, “I believe Earth day and the many related activities have made a huge difference in our awareness of our Planet’s needs and how we can best work and play in synergy and with gratitude. People really want to change their ways but often get overwhelmed. We are hungry for small things we can do occasionally… and then more consistently, to help ourselves and our Planet Earth.”

GlassDharma Free Glass Straws for Earth Day Timeline

2008 - David announced he would give away free glass straws for Earth Day on the GlassDharma website.  Hundreds of simple elegance straws were shipping out of Fort Bragg, CA to various locations in the USA.  To this day, many of GlassDharma's customers have emailed saying that this is how they found out that glass straws existed and continue to buy them for gifts for others.  This was the first "unofficial" Earth Day giveaway.

2009 - David Leonhardt gave away over 500 "Simple Elegance" Glass Straws through the GlassDharma.com website. The giveaway quickly became popular and brought together a huge gathering of people that were willing to share their ideas through emails. The common goal of EarthCare became present throughout their communications.

2010 - Earth Day 2010, David Leonhardt and his wife, Gail Johnson approached CafĂ© Gratitude with the idea to co-brand 1000 Glass Straws to give away at their locations. The successful Earth Day project brought together ideas and philosophies of Food and Gratitude linking to a desire for Planet Care.  Over 1000 straws were given out to customers who visited Cafe Gratitude at different locations.

2011 - GlassDharma gave free glass straws to participants that wrote letters to their favorite restaurants asking them to consider alternatives to plastic straws ar at least to ask the patron before automatically serving beverages with straws in them.  600 letters were written!

2012 - GlassDharma gave Free Glass Straws to participants of an essay contest! . Suggested content was to encourage participants to declare how their glass straws relate to a better world, the Environment, Elegant table-ware, made in USA and/or Personal Joy.

2013 - Pledging PlanetCare was the theme on this Free Glass Straws for Earth Day giveaway and 1300 packages were sent out with contents of a glass straw for GlassDharma a discount coupons form various eco manufacturers that partnered with GlassDharma for this event.  GlassDharma continued the project with additional coupons that were emailed to more participants through Earth Day.

2014 -  This TriviaProject, themed Plastic is Drastic produced 1,000 participants in our Earth Day project in under 48 hours, GlassDharma kept the site live to encourage more participants for the chance to receive a $6.00 coupon code for the value of the Earth Day Straw.  There were over 2,800 entries, which includes the 1,000 free straws shipped, in addition to more than 1,800 coupon codes awarded.

2015 - Participants are asked to view a video and answer some multiple choice questions under the guidance of GlassDharma's own animated "Sipper Hero", the GlassDharma Dude. Participants completed a 3 step process to get a $10.00 coupon to use towards our Earth Day straw and shipping. Over 5,000 participants in just 5 days exploded expectations for this video viewing and questions series event! 

About The Earth Day Straw!

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The creation of the Earth Day Straw has 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 our Earth Day Straws! We say they are 5" but this is our one straw that has a +/- variance of ¼" since they are the end of the glass tubing.

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.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

The 2nd Annual GlassDharma Holiday Gift Guide is here!

Gifts for all ages from ($6.99 - $58.00)

This Holiday Season, use your purchasing power while choosing gifts for friends and family.  Gifting with sustainability in mind will go a long way toward planet care. What you buy and how you present your gift deserves careful thought.
 
This gift guide is published to inspire you to find that perfect gift that will be loved and useful.  Please do not forget to refer to our last year's Gift Guide that has many more good choices to consider. 

The new Bamboo Straw Lid for wide mouth or small mouth Mason Jars. Now available on the New Stuff page at GlassDharma.com ($17.00) 
These straw lids created by The Mason Bar Company have durability in mind with some special care in cleaning (no dishwasher).  A light rubbing of food grade oil will keep these lids like brand new. Sustainable, non-toxic, and reusable are the key factors of why you will want these lids.  Not to mention their beauty!  You can buy all of the lids including the storage lids (no straw hole) at The MasonBar Company.
 


Naughty or nice?  Yes!  A Lump of Charcoal as a Gift! (Various Kishu Charcoal Filter for pitchers ($15.49)
sizes available) but our most used is the
These plastic free filters will have your tap water tasting clean as it absorbs impurities immediately upon dropping it into your pitcher of water while also imparting healthy minerals like calcium and magnesium. These give your water a delicious, clean taste. Once you have used it for 3 months, you can recharge it by boiling it for 5 minutes and it will last for another 3 months, totaling 6 months!  After you have used it for the 6 months, do not throw it away.  Use it as a deodorizer in pantries, closets and your shoes!

 Baby its Cold Outside! This Eco Insulator™ is the perfect jar jacket for your jars used for drink ware is available at Mason Monster. ($6.99 - $7.99)
These quality crafted 3MM EcoLite  Neoprene covers will keep your drinks hot (or cold) and your glass jar padded as you travel about,  The covers are offered in two sizes – pint and quart. The insulators are all reversible, giving the purchaser two-color combos within one product with 20 color different color choices!
 



Find this beautiful Olivewood Ladle at World Market ($14.99)
Every kitchen needs this beautiful and sustainable ladle for soups and beverages, this ladle is easy on the finish of your pots and does not scrape like metal utensils will. The natural grain of Olivewood makes this beautifully constructed ladle a work of art to display in your kitchen between uses. 

The gift of quality dish covers! Find these Reusable Russian Linen and Organic Cotton Dish Covers at Quitokeeto ($58.00)
This set of three covers comes in a linen bag and will fit pie plate size bowls on down to a smaller salad size bowl.  The same designer makes these quality made covers as GlassDharma family packs straw carriers! This gift will replace the need for plastic wrap for food storage while introducing quality, reusable choices to how you store your food.

 
KeepCup is the first barista standard reusable coffee cup to keep your coffee with you and say no plastic and paper cups!  These glass Keepcups are ($22.00 - $28.00)
They are offered in various styles and sizes.  The entire KeepCup reusable cup line includes glass and a glass and cork model that is our favorite. The drawback to this cup is that unlike other designs by KeepCup, the cork requires a careful hand wash vs. using a dishwasher.  Quality design makes these cups easy to transport with a swing top lid that plugs the sippy hole.  Our coffee straws and sipper straws will fit in these sippy holes.  The 8mm lid straw is a bit snug and may stretch the opening slightly.

 
ECOlunchbox recently launched a beautifully designed ocean collection of stainless steel and silicone lunch containers called the Seal Cup™ Trio ($29.99)
These leak proof food containers will stand up to the test of time in performance and durability.  Designed to be Ocean friendly, (just think of all that plastic that will never make it's way into the gyres) this collection is offered in ocean colors as part of the blue water bento collection (see the Splash Box on our last years holiday gift guide)
The Seal Cup Trio containers are offered in large, medium and small containers and will hold a total of 40 ounces (5 cups) of food contents and are great for picnics and outings as well as to pack your daily lunch.


 New! Lid Straws at GlassDharma ($8.50 each)
These 8mm (4mm inside diameter) glass straws are offered in 3 lengths, 7 inch (perfect for most jars), 8 inch and 9 inch and the diameter will fit into many straw holes and flexible sippy holes of various  reusable and disposable drink-ware.  This might be the perfect and most versatile straw to pack when traveling.  You can also purchase these Lid Straws in sets of 4 (this set includes a free cleaning brush) for ($34.00)

 
Diamond Glasses for the Elegant Cocktail or Juice Bar! 
($34.00) for a boxed pair at Urban Outfitters.
These novelty glasses come in a pair and are multi facetted like a diamond.  They sit slightly sideways but tilt back just enough to hold the liquid contents within and are sure to be a great conversation starter at any gathering.  Whiskey is not the only thing you might serve in these glasses, they are cool for Martinis, wine, and dessert liquors!

 
The Pop Top Lid for wide mouth jars! ($13.00)
GlassDharma now offers the stainless steel (with a silicone plug for a leak free closure) Pop Top Jar lid By Ecojarz. These lids fit the wide mouth mason jars (the jar bands are sold separately). The wide straw or pour out opening is wide enough to fit every GlassDharma straw, even the Bubble Tea Straws!  Seal it up with the plug and no worries for leaks and spills while you are out and about!


PopTop Sealable Drinking Jar Lid from EcoJarz on Vimeo.

JocoCups 8oz. ($22.95) 12oz. ($24.95) 16oz. ($26.95) are available on the JocoCups website.
These glass cups accessorized with silicone lids and sleeves are designed to enhance your morning brew, save your taste buds and help Mother Nature. The cups are offered in six different color choices and three sizes and are great for hot or cold beverages.  Dishwasher safe and easy to handle, these cups are durable and attractive.

 Story Time - The gift of time spent with children is most precious! Sharing and learning with your child cannot be bought with money, but choosing quality books to enhance the experience will provide valuable life's lessons to share with your child.  This book teaches about planet care while creating treasured times and memories for you and your child.
 
GlassDharma highly recommends All The Way to the Ocean  ($13.63) on Amazon
This is a beautifully illustrated, hard cover children's storybook written with passion and foresight, shows the reader the importance of planet care and explains how the storm drain in your city can actually carries unwanted trash and plastics right into our oceans! Read more about this precious storybook in our blog.

You will find some more wonderful, earth-friendly gift ideas on this GlassDharma Pinterest board, "Gifts for a Sustained Planet"

As you choose your gifts for loved ones, did you know that you can ask manufacturers and stores to package and ship plastic free?  Many customers are finding that they have a lot of success if they inquire about how their purchases are packed for shipping.  As more establishments honor these requests, it sets up a future where plastic free wrapping and shipping will become commonplace.  What a gift this would be to our precious planet!


Thursday, September 10, 2015

All The Way To The Ocean

Reprinted with permission from Stormwater Report (2014), Copyright © 2014 Water Environment Federation, Alexandria, Virginia.
 
All the Way to the Ocean written by
Joel Harper and illustrated by Marq Spusta
The children’s book All the Way to the Ocean, a tale about stormwater pollution and its effects on marine life, is making it cool for kids to pick up trash. “I wrote this book from the perspective of think globally, act locally,” said Joel Harper, the book’s author and publisher. “Picking up trash can have a big impact, and anyone can do it.”

All the Way to the Ocean tells the story of two boys who learn that runoff carries litter and other pollutants through storm drains to the ocean. Inspired by this lesson, the kids teach fellow students and organize a cleanup day at their school. Like the two children in the story, Harper’s book has inspired similar actions across the United States and the world. Spurred by his passion for the subject and inspired by feedback on the book, Harper is now working on a short animated movie with well-known musicians and film industry professionals. He is pairing the release of the film with educational online games and a new book.

Harper has distributed more than 40,000 copies of All the Way to the Ocean across the U.S. and internationally. “My ultimate goal is to get a book into the hands of every child in every school and every classroom,” Harper said.

No dumping
Harper is from Claremont, Calif., a small town about an hour east of Los Angeles. In 1998, when he first wrote the script for the book, he noticed city signage on stormwater drains. Despite their “no dumping” message, Harper still saw a lot of trash collecting near and in the storm drains.
“It really bothered me to live in this beautiful town with trash receptacles on every corner, yet there was trash everywhere,” Harper said. “There was no excuse for it.”
Author Joel Harper reads All the Way to the Ocean 
to children at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.

The book is targeted toward children from kindergarten through third grade. “It’s so important to teach and influence children at this critical age,” Harper said. “The earlier we start, the more chances we have to make it part of their wiring.”

As a writer, Harper is able to articulate the complex problem of stormwater pollution so that it not only conveys the message but also inspires action. “[Harper] skillfully tackles non-point source pollution in an entertaining way that many children will find engaging,” wrote John Mott, who at the time worked with the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

The illustrations, created by Marq Spusta, were all done by hand with colored pencils and are part of what makes the book so captivating for children. “Children get enthralled with the pictures,” Harper said.

Since it was published in 2006, the book has received praise from educators and has been incorporated into numerous environmental education programs at schools, municipalities, water districts, and utilities. The book has been endorsed by organizations including Project WET, a group dedicated to water education. “It is the only book not produced by Project WET that they sell,” Harper said.

All the Way to the Ocean also has won several awards, including the Nature Generation Green Earth Book Award. Along with these accomplishments, Harper is thrilled about the endorsements he has received from teachers and parents.

“My children will never look at litter the same way.  It’s a true threat to our environment and I’m thrilled that my kids are now fully aware of what we can do to help every little bit,” wrote parent Maggie Storm. The book is “a true calling to all kids to see the rewards of raising their voices over the threats to our planet, and how one small voice can create large change.”

Motivated by the book, one student wrote a letter to her state governor asking that all storm drains have no dumping signage and organized a playground garbage pickup at her school. After reading the book, 9-year-old Ryan Conners of Claremont, Calif. started recycling plastic six-pack rings by setting up collection bins across town. His goal was to raise $1,000 from recycling proceeds and donate them to the Ocean Conservation Society of Southern California.

From concept to print

Harper reads All the Way to the Ocean 
to students at a local school.
Despite the book’s success, Harper faced and continues to encounter challenges. It took him about eight years to publish All the Way to the Ocean. Many larger publishing companies wanted to simplify the book’s language. Some found the images inappropriate, among them gritty urban scenes with cars leaking oil or people not disposing of pet waste. Further, they would not print in the US or on responsible paper stock.

“If I’m going to publish a book on environmental conservation, it is important to be consistent,” Harper said. Self-taught, he started his own publishing company, Freedom Three Publishing, to overcome these issues.

Although it was more expensive, Harper used New Leaf Paper, which printed the book on recycled paper using sustainably harvested wood. The environmentally friendly production process prevented 1431 kg (3155 lbs) of greenhouse gases and saved 57,515 L (15,194 gal) of water compared to traditional methods.

“It feels really good to have taken a mere idea this far all on my own,” Harper said. Yet, funding remains a major difficulty. According to Harper, every 10,000 books printed costs $25,000. Early on, the Save Our Seas Foundation was instrumental in curbing the printing costs, he said. Harper would like to find investors that buy the books in mass quantities, so he can give them to schools at no cost.

Onto the screen
Now, Harper is taking his story to the next level, turning All the Way to the Ocean into a 10-minute flash animation piece that he hopes to release next month on Earth Day 2014. Harper is working with Mediatavern, the producers and investors, as well as several well-known actors and musicians, including his brother, Ben Harper, and reggae artist Burning Spear. Actress Marcia Cross from the show Desperate Housewives will narrate the film, and actress Amy Smart will voice one of the characters along with singer and songwriter Xavier Rudd. Also Pete Michaels, a writer from the show Family Guy, will bring some humor to a very serious subject matter.

The film and book also will be supported by a multimedia platform with interactive online games that help kids learn about runoff and litter. Harper also hopes to release his new book, Sea Change, around the same time as the movie. The book’s protagonist, a 12-year-old girl, seeks to educate her school about litter after a beach outing. Kids will be able to write their own version online next to the story images. The goal of this, and many of Harper’s other projects, is to help children become better environmental stewards through storytelling.

Visit Harper’s website at www.allthewaytotheocean.com to learn more about the book and animated short film project.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Glass Straws - The Quality and Price Difference

Glass straws have gained popularity as a desired reusable straw for reasons of environmental concerns, novelty, beauty, and better taste (vs. plastic, metal, or wood).  With more folks opting for reusable table and drink ware, the desire for "disposable" and single use tableware is decreasing, a good thing for our planet.

GlassDharma created the glass straw industry in 2007 with a mission in mind to create and supply, (on a world wide level) a durable and desirable product that replaces single use plastic products that many people use on a daily basis. The idea that there might be an alternative to the massive single use plastic waste that accumulates on our planet drives the inspiration with thoughts that a ripple effect might occur as awareness develops and more and more people make new choices.
This is the first reason behind the company of GlassDharma. We back this commitment to the environment with donations to environmental groups and promotions such as our annual Earth Day Straw Giveaway (over 5000 free straws were given out in 2015 after the completion of some plastic pollution education!).

The second reason behind the creation of GlassDharma is quality. GlassDharma strives to provide top quality in products as well as provide stellar customer service, with customers being treated in a way that encourages healthy and right living.  From the owners to the staff to the customer, the GlassDharma philosophy is to offer quality products that become a step toward a healthy lifestyle for you and for our planet.



The introduction of glass straws brought up many concerns about what might happen if they should break and whether they could be cleaned properly for reuse. As people tried the GlassDharma product, many "breakage fears" were put to rest and consumers were able to see how easy they were to keep clean. In addition, GlassDharma offers a guarantee of replacement, not because the straw can never break, but because the quality is so durable that it surprises the user. Glass can become a product that outlasts plastic and other materials.  Great care has been taken to create the most durable glass straw designs possible in four ways:
  1. A specially formulated annealing process that reduces stress in the glass
  2. Our straw designs and materials are the most durable in the industry (no Chinese glass or decorations that are easily broken)
  3. Our Quality Control – Our standards are so high that almost all other straws we have seen would not pass the GlassDharma QC department
  4. Our guarantee makes trying these straws risk free for the consumer.  This guarantee can only work if the company maintains longevity and if the product is truly consistent with these claims
As the popularity of GlassDharma straws increased over the years (from 2007 on), many new glass straw manufacturers, glass artists, and hobbyists began offering glass straws as well.  Glass Straw companies began popping up at all corners o the earth.  More glass straws means less plastic in our environment, so GlassDharma views this "competition" in a positive light.  Not all glass straws are created equal, however, and many levels of quality are sold for various price points.
Some things to consider when choosing where you buy your glass straws:
  • GlassDharma has plastic-free display boxes and packaging and we would never charge extra for a boxed straw.
  • GlassDharma’s shipping materials are all plastic free. (no peanuts , bubble wrap, or plastic tape. Most competitors are using bubble wrap and/or polystyrene packing peanuts and almost all use plastic tape.
  • As mentioned above related to durability, GlassDharma anneals every straw that leaves our factory. Keep in mind that not all annealing processes are alike and some glass straws are not annealed at all.  The GlassDharma straw designs remain streamlined to ensure durability for a lasting, reusable product
  • GlassDharma uses a 2-step process in the etching of our straws.  This etching plus sandblasting process ensures the etching will be clear and noticeable on the glass
  • As mentioned above, GlassDharma has the most stringent QC process with constant scrutiny applied to all products that ship from our facility
  • GlassDharma sells products only made in the US. If we can source our raw materials in the US we do. Some raw materials are only sourced overseas (never from China), but all production occurs in the US. For more information – please inquire by email: info@glassdharma.com  
  • GlassDharma carries only custom-made stainless steel brushes. Just like glass straws, not all cleaning brushes are created equal.  You do not want to buy a straw cleaning brush that rusts! More about our cleaning brushes here.

Finally, as consumers all have the right and the privilege of making choices with every dollar we spend to maintain or deny sustainability and planet care. How will you "vote" with your cash in the years to come?

Photos courtesy of  Kuse Productos Ecologics
Supplier of GlassDharma Straws to Colombia

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Paddling for Trash

H2O Trash Patrol

Plastic Debris
While manufacturing the most durable glass straw on the market, GlassDharma has made some friends along the way!  Many of these friends are organizers of beach cleanups from different coastline areas all over the world.  As organizers of these programs gather their volunteers, they use the time and experience to educate, furthering the efforts to inspire people to stop using single use plastic items - and to avoid generating trash altogether.  Many of these volunteers realize the impact of accumulating trash after picking it up, and then they ask, "What can we use if we refuse single use plastic?"  Here is where GlassDharma products provide a visual answer as a solution to saying no to plastic straws!  The thought process expands to reusable cups, reusable water bottles and  reusable picnic ware.  From there, ideas continue to expand and people find out it is possible, and even desirable, to replace all single use items with reusable items.

Recently, GlassDharma and H2O Trash Patrol became acquainted through a new eco manufacturer, Mason Monster.  H2O Trash Patrol is a program that organizes volunteers to clean up trash out of waterways in the south western Coastal regions.  Based in the Encinitas, California area, this organization inspires planet care as they combine water way cleanup with a fun water sport - stand up paddle boarding!  They use water recreation combined with voluntary water way cleanup to entice more people to join their efforts, and then use the program to educate and inspire!

H2O Trash Patrol specializes in cleaning up those "hard to reach" places in and around the water via Stand Up Paddleboards, leaving little to no footprint. We provide "custodial" services of the waterways for the benefit of the environment, public safety and health, and local businesses who utilize the nearby water as an added benefit to their local customers and tourists. Not only do we take the pollution out of the water, but we also pack it out, sort it, record the data, and recycle what we can to minimize the strain on the landfills.

The reasons for this massive effort to involve more people in these water way cleanup efforts are spelled out on the H2O Trash Patrol website "why" page.  The programs are growing along with the involvement of the public who are disgusted with the site of trash piling up everywhere along otherwise clean and beautiful parks, buildings and waterways in their local area.

Some of the programs provided by H2O Trash Patrol include:
• Marine Science Eco-Camp
• Stand Up for Clean Waterways
• One Simple Change
• 50-50-50 Challenge

On August 7, Taste of SoCAL Lagoon Style is sure to be a fun event as it raises funds for these worthwhile projects. To get your tickets, contact the H2O Trash Patrol Crew:
By Phone: (760) 230-5830
By Email: pickitup@h2otrashpatrol.com
By Mail: PO Box 231792
Encinitas, CA 92023

As Captain Charles Moore states, "The ocean is downhill from everywhere". Ocean cleanups begin in our city streets, storm drains, rivers and streams. Not just on beaches and out at sea. We can find ways to help no matter where we are! If we all pitch in, we can clean every corner of our planet as we learn to live more sustainably.