Friday, November 17, 2017

Holiday Gift Sets

Make sure to take advantage of this amazing deal!
We set up a sweet eco-friendly gift package for you! 

Order any straw up to 7" long and a brush and get a free Shorty Cream color hemp sleeve as pictured by writing in the comments "Free hemp sleeve". 
**Value of $16 each**

Eligible straws include:
Earth Straws 5" (+/- 1/4") in 9.5mm or 12mm
Simple Elegance 7mm x 6.25"
Decorative Dots 7mm x 6.25"
Lid Straw 8mm x 7"
Simple Elegance 9.5mm and 12mm in 6.25" and 7". 

We recommend these straws for cocktails, children and even tea and coffee!
There is a perfect straw for everyone!

**Sets of 4 of any of the above would also qualify for a free Shorty hemp sleeve in Cream color with a request in the Comments section.
*Sale ends 11/30/2017
50% off OJT Straws
Set of 4 was $29.99 - now ONLY $15.00!!

Through the years, GlassDharma has strive to produce the best quality glass straws possible. Needless to say - that in that process of training employees, we have accumulated quite a few straws that did not pass our stringent QC standards. We refer to them as OJT straws (on the job training). For many it would be hard to tell why they are considered seconds! 

These OJT Straws go through the same exact processes 
that all of our industry leading straws go through!

They ARE guaranteed not to have any cracks. 
They are structurally just as durable and safe as our regular straws.
You are welcome to purchase more than 1 set as long as supplies last.  

They are listed under New Stuff
Use 50% off coupon code: OJT50
You can purchase as many as supplies last
This pre-bundled set includes: 
  • 2 - 9.5 x 9" Ice Tea Beautiful Bends
  • 2 - 12mm x 9" Smoothie Beautiful Bends
(Value if from regular stock would be $42!)
The finer print: 
  • This bundle does not include a cleaning brush but can be added to the cart by selecting "Continue Shopping" and then "Accessories" 
  • These straws DO NOT come with our satisfaction or breakage guarantees. 
  • All straws are sold as is and do not include boxes. 
  • All sales of cosmetically challenged straws are final.
  • No substitutions please
  • Expires 11/30/2017 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Earth Day 2017 Multi-Media Contest

****** Deadline Extended to April 30th ******

Our favorite month is here! We are so excited to announce this year’s Earth Day contest! In addition to FREE Earth Straws, we will be holding a contest and you will have the chance to win a gift basket of PRIZES!

You probably know by now that 500 million straws are used and discarded every day in the United States alone. That’s 175 Billion a year filtering into landfills and littering our waterways and oceans * Most of these straws are used for only a couple minutes of enjoyment and then tossed in the trash.

All around the world individuals, companies, non-profits and even governments are working to ban single use straws! We are all chipping away at this problem from every angle and it is working!

This year we were thinking of how helpful it would be to have more multi-media (videos and graphics) to share with information about single-use plastic straws. SO, we will be hosting a month long contest, collecting submissions of informational videos and or graphics. We will choose 1 Grand Prize winner and 2 Runner-Ups.

** Over $200 in prizes ** See list of prizes below **
We will also feature these winning submissions along with others that inspire us on our website, social media and newsletter campaigns. Please join us in helping spread the word about the negative impacts of plastic straws and how we can change our habits!

2 Entry Options:
- 1 Minute YouTube Video OR
- 1 Informational Graphic 

(Graphic must be at least 800x800 pixels)
Some graphic examples:

Qualifying Entries MUST:
1. Be ORIGINAL work
2. Include educational information about the effects of plastic straws AND what people can do to help (BONUS points for including GlassDharma straws)
3. Submit YouTube link and/or graphic file by emailing them to Please include your full name and mailing address (See below for international submissions).
4. Bonus: Share to social media: Either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You have to tag @glassdharma and use hashtag #GlassDharmaEarthDay2017.
5. Be received by 4/30/2017 **extended deadline**.

* There is no limit on entries. For example, you can enter multiple videos and/or multiple graphics - each will be a separate entry.
* For international participants we will award 2 $75 GlassDharma gift certificate to our favorite video and favorite graphic submissions!
* We will announce the winners by May 1st and ship the prizes/email gift certificates the first week of May.

1st place winner will receive:
$50 Gift Certificate to GlassDharma’s Webstore
Varity Pack of Kombucha from Clearly Kombucha
1 Snack Bag and 2 Sandwhich Bags from Stasher Reusable Silicone Bags
1 Set of 20 Pincinox Stainless Steel Clothes Pegs (Pins) from
1 Variety Pack of 12 Health Bars from GoMacro
1 20 oz. Cruiser from HealthyHuman
1 Set of 3 Reusable Lunch Boxes from EcoLunchBox
1 Infinity Scarf from Synergy Organic Clothing

2nd place winner will receive:
$50 Gift Certificate to GlassDharma's Webstore
1 21 oz. Stein from HealthyHuman
Shampoo from Green and Gorgeous Organics
Organic Laundry Starter Kit from Buckaroo Organics
Lelani and the Plastic 
Kingdom by Robb N. Johnston

3rd place winner will receive:

$50 gift certificate to GlassDharma’s Webstore
1 Tea Towel from Kitchen + Kraft
The Complete Idiots Guide to Juice Fasting by Steve Prussack and Bo Rinaldi

GlassDharma was founded on the idea of starting with something small, simple and ordinary: a drinking straw! Replacing this one everyday s
ingle-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 Earth Day contest!

All Month Long Offers (website only)

* 25% off all straws!


*Free Earth Straw with each $25 or more purchase

* No coupon necessary
* There is no limit on free straws; each free straw must have a qualifying $25 purchase.
* Must request the free straw in the order’s comments and clarify which diameter you want (12mm Smoothie or 9.5mm Iced Tea).

Happy Earth Day 2017 – from GlassDharma

For more information on GlassDharma, please visit
Questions about Earth Day 2017?
Call: 707.964.9350

Thank you to our sponsors:

Stasher - Silicone Storage Bags
GoMacro - Health Food Bars
HealthyHuman - Reusable Steins and Cruisers
Pincinox - Stainless Steel Pegs (Clothespins)
Synergy Organic Clothing - Organic Cotton Infinity Scarf
Kitchen + Kraft - Kitchen Tea Towels
ECOlunchbox - Reusable Seal Cup Trio Lunch Boxes
Clearly Kombucha - Varity Pack of Kombucha
Green and Gorgeous Organics - Organic Natural Dry Shampoo
Buckaroo Organics - Organic Cleaning Supplies

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

GlassDharma's 10 Year Anniversary!

Celebrating GlassDharma's 10 Year Anniversary & the Birth of the Glass Straw Industry!

Wow! 10 years! It is not very often that someone can say they created a whole new industry but look what happened! We started GlassDharma 10 years ago, put up the first website for glass drinking straws and now there is a whole industry of glass drinking straws being made all over the world! GlassDharma has actually shipped straws to over 60 countries! We are proud of what has evolved and very grateful to all of our loyal customers both retail and wholesale. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are even grateful to our competitors who took our lead and decided that they also wanted to make a difference by providing a sustainable product that would help to replace single-use plastic straws! For every glass straw that is purchased, 1000's of plastic straws are kept from our landfills and oceans.

Some Glass Straw History 
1940s & 50s Glass Swizzle Straws
Did we really make the very first glass drinking straw? No, there were actually glass straws used in the medical field as far back as the early 1900's. Here is a picture of very fragile antique straws from around the 1950's. There was a movie made in the 1940's with Humphrey Bogart called Dark Passage where he plays an escaped convict who has plastic surgery on his face. There is a scene where he uses a glass straw to drink while his face is all bandaged. These straws were most likely made from soda lime glass and were not very durable.

How Did We Get Started?
We are often asked how did we get the idea for glass straws. We credit our beginnings to Living Light Culinary Institute who approached Pacific Glassworks (formerly MacNeil Glass) in Fort Bragg, CA to make glass drinking straws for their students to have a reusable and sustainable straw. David Leonhardt, a long time glassblower and new to Fort Bragg, was asked by Terry Anderson, the owner of Pacific Glassworks to "be the show" on Saturdays. He noticed the glass straws and immediately saw a use for them to replace plastic straws and help cut back the plastic pollution caused by single-use plastics. Terry gave her blessings on David taking glass straws out into the world and GlassDharma was born!

In addition to starting a whole new industry, GlassDharma is very proud of creating the lifetime guarantee - if your straw breaks, for any reason, you can have it replaced for free (not including shipping). How unusual is that? We started this because most people assumed that if they had a glass straw, they would just break it immediately. We wanted people to see how durable our straws really are. We often say that they are made out of borosilicate glass, the strongest that is commercially available - the same as vintage Pyrex®. Yes, if you drop them on tile, they will probably break. We have noticed that some people choose not to take advantage of our guarantee when they know that any glass would have broken in certain circumstances - we leave it up to you! We are always delighted when someone makes additional purchases with their replacement straw! Apparently, this is such a good idea, a number of other glass straw makers have subsequently also offered some kind of guarantee.

Plastic-free Packaging 
Packaging is another area where GlassDharma has excelled! We have made great efforts and expense to develop packaging with no plastic but still protective. Both our Online packaging for website sales and our Brick & Mortar packaging are free of any plastic, made from recycled corrugated cardboard and chipboard. Our hemp sleeves and Family Pack Carriers are in 100% compostable cellophane sleeves. When orders come in that request no plastic in the packaging or shipping materials, we say, "Of course!"

Highest Quality, Satisfaction Guarantee and Excellent Customer Service
We truly do want our customers to be delighted with their GlassDharma straws and have very liberal policies. We treat you how we would want to be treated and often go even a bit farther. We hear from our customers daily on how impressed they are and how much they love our straws! Even when we make a mistake, we often hear how much people appreciate our customer service!

Why Dharma?
This is a Sanskrit word that has a various meanings. In our case we are using "right way of living" or "path of rightness" which also relates to higher purpose. We feel that taking care of our bodies and the planet is the right way to live and we offer GlassDharma straws with this purpose as well as serving as an educational tool to build awareness of alternatives to single-use plastics.

So what are we doing to celebrate our 10 
year anniversary? 

* Starting on March 1, 2017, for the whole month, we are reducing all straw pricing 25% for both website sales and wholesale purchases!

* We are also offering weekly giveaways, which will include products from various partners as well as some GlassDharma gift certificates.

*To learn how to enter these giveaways, make sure to follow us on social media! Each week will be different!

March 27th - April 2nd 2017 Giveaway Prizes Include:

1. A 3 Piece set of Reusable Lunch Boxes from ECOLunchBox
2. Kombucha delivered to your door from Clearly Kombucha
3. A Wide-Mouth Stainless Steel Mason Jar Lid and Stainless Steel Band from EcoJarz + a Lid Straw from GlassDharma to go with it! 
4. A set of 4 straws (plus a brush) of your choice from GlassDharma
(Over $100 in Prizes!!) Winner gets ALL!

2 Ways to Enter:

To enter giveaway, you must do all 3 actions:
1. Like the Facebook giveaway post:
2. Comment below on the Facebook giveaway post telling us what you are going to do for Earth Day
3. Comment below on THIS 10 Year Anniversary Blog telling us something you learned from the blog
4. For 5 EXTRA entries SHARE this Facebook post and tag GlassDharma
5. Make sure you are on our Newsletter

1. On Instagram follow GlassDharmaECOLunchBoxEcoJarzClearly Kombucha
2. Like the Instagram giveaway post
3. Tag 3 friends in that post 
4. Comment on the Instagram giveaway post telling us what you are going to do for Earth Day
5. For 5 EXTRA entries REPOST this Instagram post and tag GlassDharma
* Entries must be submitted by 12 PM (PST) April 2nd 
* Winner will be announced by end of day on April 2nd
* Contest is for US residents only
* Winner will be contacted via DM
* Your account must be public to enter

March 20th - March 26th 2017 GiveawaPrizes Include:

1. $30 Gift Certificate to The Mason Bar Company
2. 1 Tea Towel from Kitchen and Kraft
3. 3 Reusable Silicone Storage Bags from Stasher Bag
4. 1 Set of 20 Stainless Steel Clothespegs (Pins) from Pincinox Stainless Steel Pegs
5. $50 Gift Certificate to GlassDharma
(Over $150 in Prizes!!)

** This is an Instagram Only Giveaway
**Giveaway closes 3/26 at 12 pm (PDT). **Winner will be contacted via DM. 
**This contest is for US residents only. **Your account must be public to enter. 

Thank you to our fabulous partners for all of their awesome donations!
Stasher - Silicone Storage Bags
GoMacro - Health Food Bars
HealthyHuman - Reusable Steins and Cruisers
The Complete Idiots Guide to Juice Fasting by Steve Prussack and Bo Rinaldi 
All the Way to the Ocean by Joel Harper
Lelani and the Plastic Kingdom by Robb N. Johnston
Mason Bar Company - $30 Gift Certificate
Pincinox - Stainless Steel Pegs (Clothespins)
Synergy Clothing - $75 Gift Certificate
Kitchen + Kraft - Kitchen Tea Towels
ECOlunchbox - Reusable Seal Cup Trio Lunch Boxes
GlassDharma - Various Prizes