All Cleaning Brushes Are NOT Created Equal
GlassDharma began operations in early 2007. We found brushes online and brought them on board. Within 6 months or so, we started getting a few complaints about the handles showing rust. We inquired with our supplier for a solution and they recommended using Stainless Steel instead of galvanized wire. Although there was a small cost increase on our part, we were still able to keep our current pricing and at the same time offer a superior product.
Now, I don’t think that there is any intent to misrepresent here. I’m guessing that it was just a simple error of assuming that their supplier was giving them stainless steel when they saw that that’s what we had. We could have easily fallen into that trap if the roles were reversed. None-the-less, it is important to know what materials and sourcing is used in everything we buy and use.
For instance, GlassDharma originally carried colored straws. Not many are aware that the ONLY place that colored tubing (and colored straws) comes from is China. We were unable to establish that the glass China exports is made under humane labor conditions. (Every time we asked about 3rd party labor certification they quit communicating with us.) Obviously, at that point, we discontinued any suppliers in China.
What’s the lesson here? Don’t assume anything about your sourcing! Check with your suppliers!
The only raw materials GlassDharma uses that are not domestic are:
- Glass tubing: Made in The Czech Republic or Germany (depending on brand) there is no domestic sourcing for this. The straws themselves are made in Fort Bragg, CA.
- Hemp fabric: Comes from Romania, Not (yet) legal to grow in the US. The hemp sleeves themselves are made in California.
GlassDharma was created to reduce the use of single use plastics world-wide. GlassDharma continues to set the standard and lead the way with one solution to the Plastic Pollution issue facing all of us.