Thursday, September 29, 2016

Free Glass Straw from GlassDharma




Read below to find out how to receive a FREE Glass Straw!

GlassDharma is the maker of the original glass drinking straw. Ten years ago we introduced highest quality borosilicate glass drinking straws to the world as an alternative to single use plastics and as a conversation starter about sustainable lifestyles. Since then, we have prevented hundreds of thousands of plastic straws from entering waste streams worldwide and contributed to countless hours of peer-to-peer conversations about disposables, reusables and ways to make a difference. 

Participating in the #1LessStraw campaign is an easy way to join us in making a difference & besides, you can receive a FREE GlassDharma straw!*



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We are excited to join forces with Olivia and Carter Ries, the founders of ONEMOREGeneration.org, and to promote their OneLessStraw pledge campaign. This campaign is asking individuals, schools and businesses to join them in taking a pledge to not use or accept plastic straws for the month of October. 

The OneLessStraw campaign strives to educate the public about the dangers of single use plastic straws and how they affect our health, our environment, and our oceans.

Join us and help keep plastic drinking straws out of our landfills, our streams, our oceans, and off our beaches. 

* Take the OneLessStraw Pledge. 

* Encourage your favorite business or school to take the pledge and to only provide plastic straws on request. Also ask for them to use biodegradable or reusable options. 

* Become a Sponsor of the OneLessStraw pledge campaign.

Go to OneLessStraw.org to download and submit a pledge form, get more information and get involved!

As an environmental mission-driven company, it is our honor to partner with and support the OneLessStraw pledge campaign.  We truly hope you join our effort and take the pledge! 

*Here are the guidelines for receiving a FREE glass straw:
1.) Take the OneLessStraw Pledge
2.) Spend $20 or more at GlassDharma.com
3.) Tell us you took the pledge and request your free straw(s) in the order's comment section at checkout
* $20 minimum excluding shipping costs
* You can receive 1 "Earth Day" straw with each $20 spent
* Offer good through 10/31/2016

Contacts:
info@OneMoreGeneration / 877.664.8426 - Regarding Pledge 
stephanie@glassdharma.com / 707.964.9350 - Regarding Free Straw


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!

2016 - Participants were asked to write letters to restaurants and businesses encouraging them to have an "ask first" policy and/or to replace their single-use plastic straws with a more sustainable option. From this hundreds of letters were written and we received some responses from restaurants! Each participant received a free Earth Day Straw (we have recently started calling the Earth Straws) and we offered the participants who wrote the most letters gift certificates to our webstore.

2017 - Participants are being asked to submit either a YouTube Video and/or an informational graphic with educational information about the negative effects of using plastic-straws and what we can do about it. This year we had 10 different eco-friendly companies donate to the prize baskets! Check out the blog here for more information!

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.