Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Year 2011

An Irish Blessing:
May the blessing of the rain be on you—
the soft sweet rain.
May it fall upon your spirit
so that all the little flowers may spring up,
and shed their sweetness on the air.
May the blessing of the great rains be on you,
may they beat upon your spirit
and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there many a shining pool
where the blue of heaven shines,
and sometimes a star. – unknown author

Keep it green.


Keep it sustainable.


Keep it reusable.


Treat the Planet as though you intend to stay.   (We are all in this together)


Best of the Best this New Year from GlassDharma, manufacturer of the “Original Glass Straw”!


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Happy Holidays to All!!

GlassDharma drinking straws are the risk free option for your holiday gift giving:

• Unbelievable Lifetime Guarantee Against Breakage


• Satisfaction Guarantee (if they don't like it, they can return for a full refund -less shipping)


• Save and get sets of 4 or 6 straws with a cleaning brush (10% savings included in the price)


• Perfect for the person who has everything


• Now you can be green and help those you care about to be green too! (without preaching!)


• Can't decide? In a hurry? Go with Gift Certificates! You get the code you can email or print out immediately even on Christmas Day!

REMINDER: Order your GlassDharma straws by 12/16 for delivery by Christmas (within the US). We ship within 24 hours (Often same day!!)

* * * HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ALL OF US AT GLASSDHARMA!! * * *


Thursday, November 25, 2010

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

What's on the Menu?

Dining out in a favorite Restaurant establishment is an event enjoyed by most everyone. For some, the experience is saved for special occasions, but for many this routine of “eating out” is incorporated into weekly or daily routine. The social element of this practice meets with an ambiance of pleasures including the setting, wonderful smells and delicious food.



Not all of the portions served in Restaurants are eaten at the table. Taking home leftover portions of uneaten food from the plate has become an acceptable practice. Days gone by one might ask for a “doggie bag”. Over time, Styrofoam cartons and boxes designed to carry home servings of food that guests had not finished eating during the mealtime replaced the “bag”.


Awareness of the mounting piles of trash accumulating all over our Planet has spurred a new trend; to rethink the impact of what gets used and what is thrown away. Gratefully, many restaurants and their customers have chosen to move away from using single use cartons and carriers for small bits of food left upon one’s plate. The idea? Choose to re-use.


Customers might opt to bring their own food containers. Establishments might find ways to reward diners that bring their own re-usables with special menu items or special prices for participants. Providing retail space for the purchase of reusable food containers and serve-ware will also encourage this practice. Check out TakeOutWithout.com for some new ideas that are worth considering.


Restaurant Owners and Chefs often approach our Company about the use of Glass Straws in their businesses. Some have concerns about serving beverages with glass straws due to the incidence of theft. Unfortunatley, a public clientele often includes some that are tempted to take and keep the serve-ware provided which cuts deeply into profits of these businesses.


The solution?
Menu Upgrades!



Reusable containers and serve-ware can be included right into the restaurant menu choices! This idea brings a convenient option with an eco-conscious focus. It encourages personal choices to reduce the incident of excessive waste. Adding a reusable glass straw as a beverage upgrade for a special price will promote the reuse of that same straw by the consumer. Likewise, upgrading the size of a beverage to those that bring their own reusable straw will reward and encourage eco-responsibility.


Many people still find the practice of re-use as a new frontier of thought. However, as time moves forward there are sure to be many more ideas on the horizon that will flow together and become a beginning of a solution to pollution.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Sipping Solution

Why use plastic straws when there is something healthier?
by Dr. Heather Manley, N.D.


If you are a friend, family member or patient of mine you will commonly hear me say, “The solution to pollution is dilution.” It’s a common phrase referring to the environmental industry - as the avid use of water and air is commonly used to dilute pollution (harmful chemicals) that is present on earth. But in my case, I refer it to our bodies. This is why:

Environmental pollution is not only a problem on our planet but it may pose many health issues. Many decades ago, diseases were mostly due to poor hygiene and now, our society has moved into a new generation of diseases that are chronic and long lasting - such as obesity, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, depression. We tend to overeat (mostly highly processed foods), barely exercise, work far too many hours, take too many pharmaceuticals, and rely a great deal on harmful household chemicals. There are many approaches to help prevent these and one being – hydration. One simple solution to helping our bodies avoid these chronic diseases is drinking water. Keeping our body’s cells fueled increases circulation, which in turn helps the body’s elimination pathways in flushing out toxins.


And we need to think about our kids. We want them to drink more fluids and one of the most enticing way to do that is with a straw. However, most straws are plastic which may contain BPA ( bisphenol A) a known toxic chemical. I am not a huge fan of plastic straws in general because...


a) you can not recycle them
b) washing them is pretty impossible


And with the possibility of the presence of BPA, well, we need to make a switch because BPA may be doing this in our bodies:


1. It plays havoc on our own hormones which may lead to some very unpleasant effects - especially on the thyroid gland.
2. May possibly effect the brain development in children.
3. With over exposure of BPA, obesity may increase.
4. There is a possible risk of an increase in cancer rates with BPA exposure.
5. Increased body levels of BPA are associated with diabetes and heart disease.


I am not indicating that BPA is the main cause of any of the above, but it definitely, I believe, is a contributor. And the best way to reduce any BPA in your daily life, if you are or your kids are straws users, is to make a switch to glass straws - especially the amazing GlassDharma Straw. My kids love them. I love how easy they are to clean and that they are natural.


Simple, Easy and Inexpensive.


Now doesn't that make you feel like having a nice cool refreshing glass of water?...with a GlassDharma Glass Straw!


PS If you are not a water drinker try to incorporate my Dr.Heather’s health tip:


• Infuse your purified water with lemons, oranges or cucumbers, or drink herbal teas. The golden rule is to drink half your body weight. If you weigh 100 pounds, then drinking 50 ounces of water can be quite beneficial.


Dr. Heather Manley, who in 2001 received her medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, is a practicing physician whose primary interest is preventative healthcare for families. She is the author of Human Body Detectives, her educational series of story-telling audiobooks and accompanying activity workbooks. She also promotes wellness and naturopathic healthcare on her website drheathernd.com. She lives on the Big Island of Hawaii with her husband and two daughters, and is currently at work on the next Human Body Detectives adventure.



Saturday, October 16, 2010

BYO and "Dress" your Glass Straw with Colors!

GlassDharma introduces 100% Hemp sleeves in an Ocean Palette of Colors!

BYOS – "bring your own straw" takes a new fashion turn with a new colored hemp sleeve line. The “Ocean Palette Collection” is offered in addition to our popular undyed, Natural Hemp Sleeves.  The new Colors include: Ocean Blue, Purple Dawn, Deep Moss and Back Pearl.

This new collection was created to add to the demand for fashion and fun while practicing the eco-responsible trend to carry your own reusables.  "Just say no" to plastic straws in restaurants, coffee shops and cocktail lounges!

The new hemp sleeves are offered in three sizes to fit every style and size in the GlassDharma line of Glass Drinking straws.

Hemp Sleeves in the Ocean Palette collection are made of preshrunk 100% Hemp Twill Fabric.  Each sleeve is constructed in a double thickness and sewn with reinforced stitching of 100% cotton thread.  These glass straw carrying cases are durable and made to last after multiple machine washings.


Why hemp?

Hemp fabrics are well known for their earthy, natural character reflecting the biologic and mechanical processes used to produce these beautiful fabrics. The variations in the yarn and natural color of truly natural hemp fabric gives these hemp textiles their timeless beauty and style. Our 100% hemp fabrics are produced in Romania.

Hemp is a high yield plant producing the strongest natural fiber known to man. It can be grown pesticide free and has no known insect enemies. Hemp has inherent antifungal, antibacterial properties, is breathable, recyclable and non-allergenic; making it the ultimate cloth choice to hold your glass straw.

No other natural resource offers the potential of hemp. Hemp is capable of producing significant quantities of paper, textiles, building materials, food, medicine, paint, detergent, varnish, oil, ink, and fuel. Unlike other crops, hemp can grow in most climates and on most farmland throughout the world with moderate water and fertilizer requirements, no pesticides, and no herbicides. Hemp has enormous potential to become a major natural resource that can benefit both the economy and the environment.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Choose to Reuse!

This is a guest post from Caroline Smith, who runs a website all about couch slipcovers and believes the concept of reuse is very important when it comes to looking after our environment.


Going Green: Great Ideas for Reuse


It is time for everyone to stop and dwell on what we can do to take care of our home planet. Most people want to help save the earth’s resources, but they feel helpless when they consider the big picture. The big picture, however, is not the problem. It is the smaller wasteful habits which are multiplied by the millions each day which are making the biggest impact on rising pollution and overflowing landfills. The solution to this lack of understanding is to spread the word about easy steps that anyone can take to limit the use of disposable items.


Replacing Plastic with Glass


Replacing plastic straws with the glass variety is one way we can all make a difference. This seems like such a small change to most people, but if they could just follow the path of millions of plastic straws on the way to the landfill each year, they might get a different vision of this eco-friendly product.


The glass straws from GlassDharma offer a lifetime guarantee against breakage. GlassDharma straws are strong enough for children to use and are easily cleaned in the dishwasher. If you prefer to hand wash the straws, you can purchase special brushes to insert through the straw in order to remove food particles. These brushes are included in the four or six pack sets of GlassDharma straws. These clear glass straws are stylishly elegant and can even be purchased with a slight bend to allow for easier access. Just the paper saved by not having to wrap plastic straws could make a considerable difference over time.


Considering Other Ideas for Reuse


Some other reusable products that aim to decrease waste are the following:


• Reusable snack bags made of washable fabrics to use for lunches away from home


• Reusable filters for coffee makers


Reusable cleaning cloths made from worn out towels or wash cloths


• Reusable grocery bags to take on each shopping trip


• Reusable water bottles for lunches, sporting events and athletic activities


What about Slipcovers?


Another idea is to use slipcovers on old couches and chairs instead of replacing them with new ones. This helps prolong the useful life of furniture and prevents the landfills from filling up as quickly, and slipcovers offer these added benefits:


• They are hide existing damage and stains.


• They are easy to install.


• They can easily be removed for cleaning.


• They are much less expensive than purchasing new furniture.


Finding ways to help the environment by reusing items may actually help the family budget as well. If we all consider the little picture which involves making these small changes, the big picture will take care of itself.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

GlassDharma Straw Review by Natalia





Check out Natalia's new book on her website:  http://glowingtemple.com/

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sippers are Saying...

Love your straws!

We have been using your glass straws daily in our house now for one year. My girls (now ages 2.5 and 4.5) have astonished me with how carefully they handle their "favorite straws." Sure, they have acted their age and played pretty rough with them as well. The only breakages we have had occurred when they were dropped from a height onto our hardwood floors. I emailed David and had them replaced within 2 days! Glass Dharma honors their lifetime guarantee! I love using my simple elegance straws for smoothies and water kefir. They clean up beautifully in the dishwasher. I highly recommend them to friends!

Here is a pic of my daughter, Juliana, drinking with her green dot straw:

Christina Byard
Co-Leader and Membership Coordinator
Holistic Moms Network of San Jose, CA

Friday, July 2, 2010

Searching Our Oceans

(GlassDharma is privileged to welcome the contribution of this guest post from Ryan Elizabeth Cope, a recent graduate from the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine.  May we keep perspective about the Youth of our society and what we are leaving behind for them to manage in this place we ALL call "Home".)

Everyone always told me that when I got to college, my mind would be opened to all these great ideas and philosophies and that it was going to be a totally liberating experience. Well, having just graduated college, I have to say that they were completely right. Looking back on myself four years ago, I’m not a completely different person but my ideas about the world and my place in it have certainly shifted dramatically. I’ve become more aware of my surroundings and have learned the true meaning of the words “conservation” and “sustainability”. The most important lesson I’ve taken away from my education is that we have an impact on this earth, whether it be positive or negative.

The turning point of my education came during the summer of 2008, when I participated in the Sea Education Association summer program. Among other things, it included a four-week sail from Honolulu, Hawaii to San Francisco, California on the tall ship research vessel Robert C. Seamans. At the start of the program, we were asked to choose a group research topic and my group chose to analyze plastic density in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (the area of ocean we would be sailing through). We were expecting to see an increase of plastic debris as we reached the center of the gyre and were not disappointed. A gyre is an oceanographic term for a collection of rotating currents that come together, with the center being a collection area for anything and everything floating in that part of the ocean. Mid-way through the journey, we were collecting plastic in every single tow (to see just what this means, see the Plastics at Sea expedition videos!  And at one point, our vessel actually became ensnared in a bit of stray netting!

Most people know of the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre by its more popular name, the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch. In actuality, the accumulation of plastics in all major gyres is more like a soup, with small bits floating just below the surface, barely visible. There are no islands of plastic floating out in the big blue, which unfortunately means that the problem is larger than the naked eye can see.
                                                                                          Propeller Foul (courtesy of Patrick Curran)

Synthetic rope w. goose barnacles                    Mahi Mahi w. previously ingested plastic grid

The point of that story was that after this experience, my way of life literally changed. Seeing plastic, a product produced and used by humans, just floating in the water in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was astounding and disgusting but also a huge motivator. I had realized my passion: studying marine debris and figuring out ways to stop the problem in the first place! This all came together nicely during my senior year of college in the form of my capstone (senior project). I decided to look at how recycling could be a potential solution to the marine debris problem. Along the way, I learned a lot about plastics and their detrimental effects on not only us humans but also on all marine life. Two of the biggest problems associated with plastic pollution in the marine environment are entanglement and ingestion. Seabirds, sea turtles and all sorts of fish species can get caught in derelict fishing gear and because of this, often have shorter life spans.

Marine organisms also ingest plastic, mistaking it for other, edible prey and either choke on the debris or starve to death. Chris Jordan, a visual statistics artist documented some of these effects on Laysan Albatross on Midway Atoll, an extremely remote land formation located halfway between Tokyo and Honolulu, Hawaii. His images are stark and 100% real; to see these magnificent birds having died with plastic in their guts is sickening and enough to make someone want to give up plastics all together.
                                                                          photo by Ryan Cope
What I also learned through months of research was that it’s not all bad news. Sure, people will say that there’s no solution, or that we will never be able to truly get away from plastics or that it just doesn’t matter. But there is hope! We as a community can prevent and solve the plastics pollution problem, and we can do it through small steps. I recently saw a screening of the movie “Climate of Change,” and the message it sent was this: something bad is happening and we as a people have to rise up and do something about it. The people at Glass Dharma are the embodiment of this message and I am so thrilled to be a part of their empowering campaign.

My senior project was about plastics recycling and although every marine debris expert on the planet will say that it’s not a viable solution, it has the potential to become one. It’s better than nothing. We are constantly being bombarded with bad news these days (the BP oil spill and a faltering economy come to mind…) but these things shouldn’t be seen as hindrances. Rather, they should be taken as a motivation to make a change and do something different. Something as simple as bringing a bag to the store, saying no to plastic flatware, even or drinking your favorite iced beverage through a beautiful glass straw. All of these options are attainable and working together, we can do our part to stop the plastic pollution problem. We exist in a climate of change and now it’s our chance to do something positive for the Earth we call home!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sipping Responsibly

The Season of Graduations is now upon us and with it brings the excitement of accomplishments, open doors and new beginnings. This year’s Graduates will filter into our society ready to make responsible decisions as they move on to new chapters of higher education or into the workforce.


The High School Graduate hears a lot about “drinking responsibly” as celebrations abound and the door to College opens before them. Responsibility is an important thing to consider knowing that each action has its own consequence.


GlassDharma representatives speak a lot about “sipping responsibly”. This term has a double meaning. First, it is important to make good choices about what we are sipping. That our chosen beverages are good nourishment for our health in content and amount. Second, that we be mindful about what vessels we use to sip from. Where will that cup or straw end up? Will you choose single use cups and straws? Or, will you choose reusable drink-ware options?


It is important to know the consequences of the choices we make, every day. Armed with the knowledge of the impact of plastic waste, please choose wisely!


Congratulations to Graduates near and far…

sip the world. it’s worth it.







(this poster was a Senior Project by Graduate Ryan Elizabeth Cope)
Congratulations, Ryan!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Glass Straws for Mother's Day!

Mother’s Day – a day just for Moms. Paying honor to those that love and nurture and care creates a desire for wanting to find something very special for that one person we count on for so many of our own needs.


All Mothers drink beverages! What Mom would not be delighted to receive Glass Straws for Mother’s Day? A gift for that special Mom in your life while giving the gift of earth-care to “Mother Earth” as well. For every Mom that uses (and reuses) her Glass Straw, think how many single-use straws will not be added to our Planet’s pollution problems.


Glass Straws are durable – GlassDharma’s special annealing process ensures their straws are of the highest quality tensile strength. Each straw comes with a Manufacturer’s Guarantee Against Breakage. (This really could be your Mom’s “last straw!”)


Glass straws are easy to clean – Dishwasher cleaning is recommended while often just a simple soak in water will remove dried on residue. GlassDharma makes Glass Straw cleaning brushes available and will often include the brush with sets of four or six Glass Straws on their website. The straws are clear so Mom can see how clean they truly are!


Glass Straws are beautiful – nothing matches the beauty and elegance of sparkling, clear glass! The smooth glass edges of the straw brings her beverage right to her lips with ease… from a straw that maintains its shape and temperature, transforming the simple act of sipping to an experience beyond simple thirst quenching. Mother will love the classic design of this gorgeous, little utensil.


Here are few simple beverage ideas for Mother’s Day 2010:


“MamaMimosa”
Champagne and Orange Juice give way to this non-alcoholic version:
1 part Orange Juice to 1 part sparking Apple Cider served over crushed ice.
Serve in a tall glass with a 10 inch long Glass Straw.




“Mom’sMochaMint”
Simply mull or crush fresh Peppermint Leaves and place in a cocktail shaker with Ice and
2 parts Starbuck’s bottled Starbuck's Frappuccino Mocha to 1 part Chocolate Almond milk (Almond Breeze)
Shake vigorously and strain into a mug over crushed ice.
Garnish with Whipped Cream and fresh Mint Leaves.
Serve with Beautiful Bends or Decorative Dots “Ice Tea” (9.5mm) Straws to fit your preferred mug size.







“MangoMommyMartini”
1 part Mango – Blood Orange Italian Soda to 2 parts Vodka with a splash of Dry Vermouth!
Shake in a Cocktail shaker with ice and strain into your favorite Martini Glass.
“Sipper” size glass straws work well for this fine cocktail.






Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

... and remember to nurture “Mother Earth” on this day … and every day!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

In Celebration, with Gratitude, Earth Day 2010

40 years ago, the first Earth Day started a revolution of change. Each Earth Day we focus on ideas of EarthCare 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.


“Partnerships and Promotions” have taken on a special energy at GlassDharma thanks to Gail Johnson’s inspirational direction and guidance. Her work influences every department within the company as the mission remains forefront of why a simple glass straw is so important.


“Earth Day is about awareness and about focusing thoughts on something that is important to us.” Gail continues saying, “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.”


Last year for Earth Day, 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.


Gail, recognizing the power of the expression of gratitude that resulted from last year’s glass straw giveaway, felt compelled to build on the idea for this year. She chose Café Gratitude to collaborate with GlassDharma for a 1000 glass straw giveaway for Earth day, 2010!

She explains, “Café Gratitude (cafegratitude.com) is a unique company with seven restaurants in Marin County and the Bay Area, California. This establishment is known for their fun, inspiring environment and fabulous live, organic food! But, even more importantly is the ever-present environment of Sacred Commerce that has been created at Café Gratitude. They have made a commitment to hold the space for a work place that is truly supportive of their employees, customers and vendors. In their words, “Café Gratitude is a school of transformation and an experiment in sacred commerce.” Many companies have given lip service to this type of goal but this was my first exposure to seeing it in action. After being delighted after visiting the Berkeley Café Gratitude, I was able to watch a video of Terces Englehart speaking at last year’s Living Light Expo in Fort Bragg, CA. I was so heartened by her story and the process of “clearing” that they do with their employees, I immediately read their book, Sacred Commerce and consider myself a grateful student.”


“Since they do have a retail presence in their Cafes and online, I knew this was a partnership that would benefit them and GlassDharma. David and I brainstormed ideas as we wondered, what could we offer them? Together we came up with the idea of offering GlassDharma drinking straws to give away to their customers on Earth Day as a “Thank You” for supporting Café Gratitude and our Planet! We are delighted that they have accepted this gift! Café Gratitude will be adding GlassDharma straws to a few of their Café stores and will include glass straw sales on their website! So, while supplies last, each Café will be giving out a portion of 1000 GlassDharma drinking straws on Earth Day, April 22.”


1000 glass straws that will be used over and over again, eliminating so many more plastic “disposable” straws from cluttering lands and clogging our waterways. With each straw a thought goes along, and gets shared with another… and so on….


(Café Gratitude accepts reservations for six or more guests – so gather up your family and friends and make your own reservations now for Earth Day, April 22, 2010! Experience the Café Gratitude version of Sacred Commerce first hand and get your own GlassDharma drinking straw.)

Call -(415)824-4652 or email – info@cafegratitiude.com















Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Got Milk?

Milk, that all time wholesome dinner table staple that finds its way into milkshakes, scrambled eggs and creamed soups. Or, all by itself, as in the phrase, “a glass of milk.” Other clichés come to mind, “Milk - does a body good.” “Don’t cry over spilled milk.” And the famous, “Got milk?”


Controversy exists over whether the nutritional content and processes used in milk manufacturing deem milk as the healthy beverage. Some people find they are “lactose intolerant.” Vegans do not include dairy milk in their diets, however nut milk is often substituted. This post is not so much about what’s in your milk, but rather, what’s your milk in?


Why milk? Milk is the first nourishment we know as newborns. No wonder milk gets high priority attention as a mainstay nutritious beverage. A glass of milk is often a quick stand-in for a meal. Often, our fast-paced society has us looking for that quick fix of protein to keep us sustained throughout the morning as we rush around. At night, a glass of milk at bedtime might encourage restful sleep.


Few of the generation X have memories of the milkman leaving bottles of cold milk on the front porch, hearing the clink of heavy glass milk bottles knocking against each other or the scurry to get it into the fridge before it warms. Days of late bring milk from the grocery store in plastic containers, thought to be more convenient and cost effective. Cartons that were once waxed are now sprayed with plastics as well.


Some dairies are currently packaging milk in glass bottles once again. Thinking back to when I was young, I cannot recall ever breaking a milk bottle or even seeing a broken milk bottle. The bottles were heavy enough to withstand some bumping around. What tastes better than cold milk in a frosty glass? Why, then, have we raised a generation of toddlers on plastic sippy cups mindless to the fact that children are not learning about spilling as a consequence to carelessness?


Now, I am not suggesting that the school milk carton should be made of glass. I do agree that some caution is advised giving glass to unattended children. But the truth of the matter remains; milk does taste better from a glass. Add a glass straw and you will eliminate the familiar “milk-stache” effect!

As the perils of our plastic choices reveal themselves, awareness that plastics are not the harmless, safe choices for our children or our environment have become more apparent. We now find ourselves on a new quest to seek safer alternatives for packaging and containing our foods and beverages. Clearly, milk in glass is the new “white!”

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The GlassDharma Difference

What Makes Us Different?

 
While avoiding the technical aspects of glassblowing as much as possible, this is what sets us apart from others in our field:
Techniques used to create glass sculpture using a blowtorch involve rapid heating and cooling. It is particularly the rapid and uneven cooling that induces significant stress levels in the glass that create cracks and breakage. Each type of glass has a unique temperature range in which it may be fired in a kiln. This process is called “annealing” and eliminates excessive stress in the glass.

As you may have experienced, not all glass is created equal!! Not all hand-blown glass has gone through this process and the result is sometimes seen as cracks and breaks, possibly occurring even years later. To further complicate things, the annealing process, we found, is understood “differently” by various glass artists.

At GlassDharma, we adhere to a formula for annealing our glass art with specifications and guidelines provided by Corning, Inc., (the makers of Pyrex®). I have spent hours on the phone with their technical support staff to ensure that I understood this process thoroughly. This understanding allows us to create works of art with the highest level of durability possible and insures consistency with everything we make. We anneal everything we make under computer controlled conditions.

Keep in mind how strong and durable your glass coffeepot or pie plate is. It is made from exactly the same type of glass (borosilicate) that we use in every piece we make! You will be impressed with the “forgiveness” our creations demonstrate when they encounter another object.



Another factor that will affect the strength of a glass object is the fusing technique used by the glass artist. Fusing is the joining of one piece of glass to another (i.e. adding a “Decorative Dot” on a drinking straw). Quality fusing occurs when BOTH pieces of glass are heated to a high enough temperature when joined. If this is not done, (i.e. one or both pieces are NOT hot enough) the result is an inferior joint and subject to break much more easily than when fused properly.

We take great pride in the workmanship of every piece we make. We use exclusively borosilicate glass (Simax®). Occasionally a crack may occur unnoticed before the annealing process takes place. This would significantly weaken the glass. We guarantee all of our work against such rare defects. It is also because these defects are sometimes difficult to detect that we guarantee against ANY breakage. This gives you the benefit of the doubt!
Our goal is to make dealing with GlassDharma a risk free endeavor for you. Our Satisfaction Guarantee along with our Lifetime Guarantee Against Breakage …

You have nothing to loose ! … and everything to gain. This is my personal commitment to you.


David Leonhardt, owner


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Got milk-stache?

Got milk-stache?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Valentine To Planet Earth



It is with deepest respect for you, Planet Earth that I profess my love to you on Valentines Day. Your heart beats a special rhythm, representing the nature balance that provides for the world’s habitat.

From the highest mountaintops to the deepest currents of the oceans, natural forces working together are apparent in each moment of time. I am humbled by the beauty you show as your face changes expression, from calm seas to the fury of the storms. You are deserving of the attention you seek.


Through the ages, there is an awareness growing of how to use the materials you provide in a fashion that will support replenishment. Choosing renewable resources keeps your infrastructure intact as you constantly reproduce to sustain our needs, ensuring the continuance of sustenance for all living things. PlanetCare is priority as we collectively move toward the days to come…


Few who walk your beaches know that the glass in my warehouse starts with the tiniest grains of sand beneath their feet. This is just one isolated example of how manmade materials are made from natural elements.


Workers within my Company are eager to learn the best practices to protect your delicate ecosystem. Careful consideration is given to products and materials that come into and leave our facility for what impact they will create. Clearly, our operation is a very small piece in a gigantic puzzle. Our customers, the recipients of our products, match the values we practice. Together we teach by example, spurring new ideas for sustainability that encourage others to make individual decisions and bear responsibility for conditions that will be prevalent through the years.



My vision consists of a future bright with hope for your oceans to sparkle in sunlight, free from the harmful plastic gyres that threaten marine life. Fresh air and clean water, for all to breathe and to drink will be plentiful. I picture roadsides and trails that are undisturbed by litter accumulations caused by thoughtless acts of leaving trash behind. I see a Universe where all living things thrive in harmonious existence.

Planet Earth, my commitment is to practice care and make wise decisions as I learn to value the mysteries within your atmosphere.


Love,
GlassDharma



Cheers!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Dear Fast-Food.....

Dear Fast-Food Drive-up Window Attendant,

It has been a while since I have seen you.  My visits to your restaurant have decreased over time.  Don’t get me wrong, I have appreciated your hard work and service through the years…

Thank you for being friendly and efficient to so many of us that are in too much of a hurry to get out of our cars and walk into your establishment.  You must encounter a lot of folks that forget to appreciate the service you provide.  There was a time when I could not get through a day without paying you a visit or two.

I know that you see and serve many people on a given day.  It must seem like some customers do not take the time to acknowledge your efforts.  Remembering days past, there were times I became angry when I got my food and drink from you, drove off in a hurry, only to find there was no straw in the bag.  A seemingly small detail, but my plan was to eat my lunch while driving in my car.  The oversight made my multitasking almost impossible without spilling my drink, or worse, not paying proper attention to road conditions.  It happened more than once, and my irritation grew.  Surely, you must deal with confrontations from customers who direct their anger at you for a similar incidence.

Times have changed and so have my habits.  I have learned to slow down.  I re-think what I am going to eat and consider the nutritional value of my choices.  I usually pack my own lunch and drink in re-usable containers when I travel.  The time it takes to do this is worth the effort when I consider the consequences of making poor choices about what I eat and what waste I leave behind.
 
Recently, I found myself miles from home in the midst of running endless errands and I had failed to pack my “take along” refreshments.  I drove up to your window, placed my order and clearly stated, “No straw, thank you.”  As I drove out of the driveway, I noticed there was a straw placed in the bag in spite of my request.  The idea of me carrying my own straw may be new to you.  Yes, I really do carry my own re-usable drinking straw in my handbag and in my car.  Get used to this occurrence due to rapidly growing communities that practice sustainability.

Please consider your choice to stuff extra napkins and condiment packages into our bags.  I know you are in a rush to meet the many demands of others, but if the extra items go un-used, where do you think they end up?

Maybe your employer will act upon these problems in the future by supplying recycling bins or even providing drive-up water bottle filling stations.  As your company pursues ways to go green, I would hope that the responsibility for garbage impact management would be forefront.  Possibly the current trend toward “re-think, re-use” will force an effort to continually reduce waste and improve food choices in an effort to keep customers from creating new habits that will effect your store’s sales.

Until then, I am just a small example in the decrease of your customer base as I learn to carry my own and no longer need your services.  It has nothing to do with you.

I thank you for the many years you have served me.  It is my hope that your company will adopt sustainable practices in the near future so that we will once again see more of each other in the years to come.

Sincerely,
A Customer Seeking Better Alternatives.