Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Spring: A Time For Renewal

Guest post by Nikia Rice of Mission: Clean Beaches 

Every spring I think of the wonderful cycles of life renewing again into the next generation. The evidence is everywhere from the great monarch migrations, to the birds serenading in the treetops to the wonderfully intricate egg cases washing up on the beach.  Springtime is a season of rebirth, growth, and renewal for a reason. Butterflies are literally transformed from a caterpillar to a liquidized soup of cells to a stunning butterfly. This connection resonates on how much we have the capacity for change. We can transform our lifestyles to be a healthier, more sustainable one for the environment and ourselves. It may take some effort in the beginning, habits are hard to die but once you are in the routine of things it becomes like everything else, just a part of what you do EVERYDAY. Beginning with small changes is key to not overwhelm oneself and just keep moving forward small steps at a time.

I always tell people one of the first things to do is to bring your bag and bottle! That means when you go to the grocery store don’t forget to keep your reusable bags in the trunk of your car (and to bring them in with you!)  And if you’re thirsty from all the shopping be sure to have your Klean Kanteen reusable water bottle with you instead of a single use plastic water bottle.

There are other several ways you can reduce your single use plastic consumption in your everyday life starting with what you eat and drink. Eating and drinking is to nourish our bodies but we have turned it into something else where we are treating it as an inconvenience.  We are not making enough time to ensure what we are putting into our bodies is actually fueling our body, not slowing us down! We shouldn’t be sacrificing our meals for convenience drive through.

 Take out food is a huge contributor to single use plastics usage by consumers. Starting at home and meal planning can go far when reducing single use plastics- no take out containers, no plastic straws, no plastic utensils, no plastic cups…you get the idea! However, there are also times we want to get out of the house and enjoy someone else doing the all the work for us. So what to do then? You can find products that are alternatives to these common single use plastic items such as GlassDharma for glass straws, Chico bag for reusable bags of all kinds, To-Go ware for utensils on the go, and Bee’s Wrap for sustainable food storage alternative to plastic wrap.

If you do not want to carry anything around then opt for smaller portions and opt out of plastic straws. In addition, voice your opinion to the restaurants and stores that you frequent and ask them to switch from styrofoam and/or plastic containers to cardboard ones and to only give out straws if they are requested. Small steps can lead to big change!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Earth Day 2015: Free Glass Straws!

GlassDharma – The Original Glass Straw

(Ft. Bragg, CA) -
 Feb. 9th, 2015 – In celebration of Earth Day 2015, GlassDharma will give away free Glass Straws in the form of a $10.00  coupon code covering the value of the Earth Day Straw + USA shipping to participants of  the "Plastic is Drastic" Earth Day Project.  This Earth Day project is open to world wide participants but does not cover the total amount of international shipping charges.  The $10.00 coupon code may be applied to other GlassDharma products as well as additional shipping charges for those who live outside of the USA. If the purchaser chooses to order a more expensive straw, or additional items, they will be responsible for covering the additional costs.

This annual tradition highlights GlassDharma’s mission to increase glass straw use and awareness about alternatives to single use plastics. This is the 7th annual Earth Day event, and GlassDharma is excited to celebrate with you in style, with the elegance of glass! Our 2015 Earth Day educational campaign welcomes participants of all ages to view an animated video about plastics in our environment. Our own animated glass straw "Sipper Hero", the GlassDharma Dude, will prompt viewers to answer some questions (multiple choice) as a review of the material presented.

To find out how you can qualify for your free glass straw gift code, please subscribe to the GlassDharma e-newsletter, due to hit inboxes the first week in March with complete details, instructions, and a link to the 2015 Earth Day project on our website.  The interactive project will go live on March 24th.

Make a Difference

"Disposable" plastics have a large impact on our environment and this Earth Day you can learn how easy it is to make different choices to sustain our Planet.  Upon completing the Earth Day project, participants will complete a form entering their name and email address so that the "free glass straw" gift codes can be emailed directly.  The project will start on March 24th and continue into April, concluding on Earth Day, April 22nd. Inspiring others by example makes a lasting impact that multiplies over time. When you get your free glass straw, please, show it off!  We encourage social media postings and photos surrounding this event and we invite you to invite your friends!

GlassDharma Straws are Durable, Sustainable, and Elegant
The GlassDharma Quality Control department ensures the quality of each and every straw. Offering an unprecedented lifetime guarantee, GlassDharma stands behind their product and promises that if it breaks, it will be replaced. GlassDharma straws are made from borosilicate glass, the safest and strongest glass commercially available; they are even dishwasher and microwave safe.

Garnish your Glass
GlassDharma straws not only replace their plastic and toxic counterparts, but they also lend conversation and compliments.
  • Great for all hot or cold drinks
  • Perfectly stage specialty drinks – bubble teas, iced drinks, shakes, smoothies, and juices
  • Beautiful in cocktails – great accessory for stemware and martini glasses
  • Concerned about staining or damaging your teeth? Use for wine, coffee, teas, and acidic beverages
  • Kid friendly and safe
  • Easy to Clean with our cleaning brushes or in the dishwasher
  • Elegance at its best. their beauty and style lend to compliments and conversation.
One for Everyone
GlassDharma straws are available in three collections: Simple Elegance, Beautiful Bend, and the color accented Decorative Dots. Offered in many lengths and widths, GlassDharma straws are available individually or in sets. Don't forget to check out the New Stuff button where you will find the new Inspirational Straws!  The accessory line includes cleaning brushes, hemp sleeves, and family packs for carrying your straws on the go.  Custom etching services are also available, just call us!

GlassDharma - sip the world. make a difference.

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Questions about Earth Day 2015?
Contact: Gail or Cheryl

David Leonhardt, Pres.
GlassDharma Head Office

Gail Johnson, V-Pres.
Partnerships and Promotions

Cheryl Newcomb,
Community Manager