Monday, January 23, 2012

Jars & Straws

hot cinnamon tea
Reuse, the very idea behind the creation of glass straws is the ultimate eco act.  What we reuse, we will not throw away. Reuse it, and there is no need to recycle or repurpose it.  Millions of “disposable” items will no longer have importance once one makes the choice toward reusing items as a daily habit.

Glass jars are once again the popular choice for food storage and as drink-ware. The Mason canning jar is seen on elegant table settings for special events, even weddings!  What a great way to use… and reuse.  Once you have finished the contents of your home canned goods, you might serve your guests (and yourself) your favorite beverages using these sturdy glass vessels time and time again.

If parties and  social gatherings no longer “required” single use cups, bottles and cans for beverage service, there would be a huge revolution in awareness of how many objects we carelessly toss into the trashcan!  The years have brought about these conveniences with little thought to the long term picture of where the excess trash accumulates and how it might change the way nature works.

Setting up your party will be a cinch with bowls of ice and your own individually “bottled” beverages!  Put out a basket for the empty jars and lids and put out the reusable straws in glasses, vases or straw dispensers.  The elegance of this simple idea will be noticed and the ideas about reusable drink-ware will branch out through your guests.  Examples of this type will show a new earth friendly way to be stylishly trendy while have some fun with your d├ęcor and display.

Enjoy your gatherings and keep your venue Earth-friendly.  Each of your guests will benefit and so will you!  We all live on this one Planet together and the care we take depends on each of us - and all of us collectively. 

Party On!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Secure Your Straw

Glass Straws are rapidly gaining in popularity. Proper handling ensures that your glass straw will last a lifetime. Reusing the same straw repeatedly is key to reducing the need for plastics and the perils that they cause in our environment.

Glass Straws placed in the dishwasher are able to withstand the temperature changes. This method of cleaning is recommended for optimum sanitation practices. The clear glass of GlassDharma straws allow you to see inside the straw. There is no guesswork about something being stuck inside your straw!

The silverware baskets on different dishwashers do vary and some reports of the 7mm (dia.) “Sipper” size straw slipping through the openwork of the basket have caused incidences of the straw jamming the slide-out rack. GlassDharma is known to manufacture the most durable glass straws on the market, but no glass is totally unbreakable, so solving this issue will be in your straw’s best interest.

One tried and true method is to line your basket compartment with openwork rubberized shelf liner. This should keep the straws form sliding through the bigger holes, yet allow the water and soap to properly reach and clean your straws.

A better method avoids plastic product altogether and uses stainless steel screening. The first thing you will want to do is measure the space that compartmentalizes your glass straws. Many tea strainers on the market are available in different sizes shapes and depths. Some are easily bent with a pair of pliers to accommodate the space in question. This solution is an easy fix, just make sure you place your glass straws in the appropriate section each time you load your dishwasher!