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


  1. I learned that some of the very first straws were made of soda lime glass! I'm glad straws these days aren't as fragile :)

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  2. I looked up about soda lime glass, but also learned that glass straws are made of the same process as the old Pyrex dishes. I only have used ""vintage"" glass Pyrex measuring cups, never realized there was any other company.

  3. Wow I didn't know glass straws existed since the 1900s! Also didn't know that Glassdharma offers free replacements for broken straws...that shows a lot of commitment to producing quality products and to your customers. Love that your brand uses ecofriendly packaging!! Hope more brands follow in your footsteps! Thanks for sharing this info with us!

  4. Soda lime glass, something new to learn about! You guys are truly amazing and am so glad to know about your product, dedication and difference in the world!! Amazing stuff, and you continue to bless others along the way! Congrats on ten and many more to come

  5. I want to get my family in board for when we eat out & just lamlearned about your lifetime warranty! Now I don't have to be afraid of taking them with us!

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  7. I learned that the borosilicate glass that your straws are made of is the strongest that's commercially available. This is comforting to know and was a factor in my deciding to commit to a beautiful glass straw instead of a stainless steel one.

  8. I love that you looked into your packagig of your product too. I feel many companies forget aboutsustainable packaging too.

  9. I think I follow you too closely as I knew all of this. :) I do like the medical reason of the green glass straws, it's a cool reminder.

  10. I did not know you have shipped to 60 countries, quite an impressive reach. Love using my Glass Dharma straws!

  11. I learned that for every glass straw that I buy, 1000's of plastic straws are kept from our landfills and oceans. I had no idea I could personally make such an impact :)

  12. I love that you have a replacement guarantee! that is awesome and not something that you see now. Not many people stand by their products! Great job and I love my straw!!

  13. That is awesome that you offer a lifetime guarantee and that your packaging is plastic free!

  14. I learned that GlassDharma has actually shipped straws to over 60 countries! WOW! What an accomplishment!

  15. I also learned that you ship your straws in plastic-free packaging. Hooray!

  16. I learned that you back your product by saying you will replace a broken straw! Love when companies stand by their products!

  17. the new products. plus things that are eco-friendly from other companies

  18. I enjoyed reading about glass straw history

  19. I learned about the life time guarantee on the straws! thats a great way to stand by your product.

  20. Dharma is the "right way of living" !

  21. Mandy Weirick OliveriMarch 29, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    I had no idea glass straws have been around for so long! Very cool that they were used in hospitals.

  22. I learned that Glass Dharma is known in 60 countries around the world and that it was inspired by a blown glass artist. I love the fact that you replace them if they break - a policy I've been wondering about for my own ceramic mug business.

  23. I learned that a 1000 plastic straws are kept out of landfills for every glass straw that is bought.

  24. I learned that glass straws were used in the medical field.

  25. I learned about your lifetime guarantee.

  26. read about glass straw history and their usage in medical field

  27. I learned out your lifetime guarantee, no plastic packaging, and your name means higher purpose. Super cool

  28. I learned that you guys use completely plastic free packaging!! Wooo!! IN such a plastic infested world that makes me so so happy!!

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  30. I’d like to thank you for writing on this topic. The information you provided was very useful. I will visit again in the near future.

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