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Bullock's Buzz: Glass Dharma: The Original Glass Straw

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Glass Dharma: The Original Glass Straw

 A Review and Giveaway!


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     Like many people, every time I go to a drive-thru and order something with a drink, I always check my bag to make sure a straw has been included.  Each time I go out to eat at a restaurant, I get a straw delivered with my drink.  And I for one much prefer to use a straw when drinking out of cups that are not mine and that I did not wash.  If you have a young child apt to knocking drinks over, straws are a giant help.   However, when you stop and consider the amount of plastic being thrown away daily for each person that uses a straw, it might make you not want to use them anymore.  Well, I have found an alternative, glass straws by Glass Dharma.
     Glass Dharma is the original creator of the glass straw, starting production back in 2007.  Their goal is to help create world-wide awareness about the negative impact of using single-use plastics on the environment.  Just to give you a rough idea of how many plastic straws are being used each day, here is a quote from Glass Dharma’s website:
“…Well, as of March 2008, McDonald’s serves an average of 52 million meals PER DAY!  (Per their website) How many of those served do you think were given a plastic straw?  Remember, this is just from McDonalds!!  Are you getting the picture??”
     Glass Dharma’s straws are all hand made in the USA.  They offer a huge selection of sizes and styles, and will even create their straws to some personal specifications. They use a type of glass known as borosilicate, which is known for it’s strength, and resistance to heat and thermal expansion, so that it can easily withstand dishwasher and microwave use ( a popular brand name is Pyrex®).  Borosilicate contains NO lead, and is the strongest commercially available glass on the market. Since the straws are glass, you can also rest assured that they will not leach any toxins into your drinks.   Their straws are also backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, as well as a Lifetime Guarantee Against Breakage.  Sounds great, right?  I had the opportunity to try four of their straws, and loved them!
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    MANY OPTIONS IN STYLE, LENGTH AND DIAMETER
     As I mentioned before, Glass Dharma offers a great selection of three (3) straw designs, Simple Elegance, Decorative Dots and Beautiful Bends, all of which are offered in different lengths and diameter. If you are not sure about the length and diameter you may want, Glass Dharma has a page on their website which describes the different sizes along with pictures to help you decide.

SIMPLE ELEGANCE: [shown below in 12mm x 9” (Smoothie)]
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- these crystal clear glass straws are available in different lengths and diameters.  The three lengths offered are 6.25”, 8” and 9”, with varying INSIDE diameters including 2.5mm, 5.5mm, 7.6mm, and 11mm.
-prices range from $6.50 up to $10.

DECORATIVE DOTS [shown below in 9.5mm x 9” Green (Ice Tea) & 7mm x 6.25” Amber (Sipper) ]
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- these clear glass straws have exactly what the name suggests, colored beads for decoration. These beads are colored glass, they are not dyed or painted.  They add a touch of whimsy, and are available in red, green, blue, amber, clear and black.
-they are available in two lengths (6.25” and 9”) and four INSIDE diameter sizes including 2.5mm, 5.5mm, 7.6mm and 11mm.
-prices range from $8 to $12.

BEAUTIFUL BENDS [shown below in 9.5mm x 9”(Ice Tea)]
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- these clear glass straws are slightly bent and a bit longer than the others
-they are available in one length (9”) and two INSIDE diameter sizes (5.5 and 7.6).
-prices range from $8.50 to $9.50

A note about diameter:
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     As mentioned, Glass Dharma’s straws are available in four different diameters (shown above), but keep in mind that each straw has both an INSIDE diameter and an OUTSIDE diameter.
The Bubble Tea has an OUTSIDE diameter of 14mm and an INSIDE diameter of 11mm.
The Smoothie has an OUTSIDE diameter of 12mm and an INSIDE diameter of 7.6mm.
The Ice Tea has an OUTSIDE diameter of 9.5mm and an INSIDE diameter of 5.5mm.
The Sipper has an OUTSIDE diameter of 7mm and an INSIDE diameter of 2.5mm.

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     YOU CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE DIAMETER
   
     With a Glass Dharma straw, instead of using a straw one time then throwing it away,  you can use these over and over again.  Cleaning is a cinch, you can simply wash your straws after each use with warm soapy water using one of the brushes that are available for purchase, or you can just let them soak in warm, soapy water, or run them through the dishwasher. If you notice the clarity changing this is caused by hard water conditions and all you have to do is soak them in distilled white vinegar. Using one of the cleaning brushes will quicken the process.

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Brushes come in two sizes and are made of Stainless Steel with medical-grade nylon bristles(sold separately)
    
     Now my family only uses our Glass Dharma straws, and I feel good knowing we are doing something to help the environment, plus, there is just something about drinking through a glass straw that makes you feel special!

     Glass Dharma straws are available for purchase in select stores both online and off.  Click HERE for a list of retailers, or you can buy directly through the Glass Dharma site, HERE .  Glass Dharma also sells their straws in sets which make for a great deal!  They also sell Accessories which include stainless steel cleaning brushes that have medical grade nylon bristles, and hemp sleeves which are available in a variety of colors and make a great storage or carrying case.
     One lucky Bullock’s Buzz fan will get to win their very own Glass Dharma straws.  Glass Dharma has kindly offered a $25 Gift Certificate Code so the winner can get the straws of their choice. Enter through the Rafflecopter below. Once a winner has been picked, I will notify them by email, and the winner will have 48 hours to respond.  The giveaway will start tonight at 12:01am EST.

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GOOD LUCK!!



a Rafflecopter giveaway I received this product for free for the purpose of review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor am I under contract with this company. All opinions are my own.

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46 Comments:

At September 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM , Blogger Andrea said...

How awesome. I use straws all the time. I wans my disposable ones anyway, but these look great.

 
At September 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM , Blogger Stephanie Mago-Eagle said...

WOW That is just wild I have never seen glass straws ever & never heard of them before.Great Review Thanks

 
At September 5, 2012 at 12:06 PM , Blogger Chelsea Harris said...

Those are so neat! Very good for the environment as well! Thank you!

 
At September 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM , Blogger Diana Stanhope said...

These look so neat! I have seen glass straws before.

 
At September 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM , Blogger Gia Hammer said...

Those are really pretty! I like the different sizes, that makes me want a thick shake with the biggest one :) It's also a wiser buy with all the disposable waste.

 
At September 5, 2012 at 12:08 PM , Blogger Natasha Dythia said...

I love the idea of reuseable straws - so much greener

 
At September 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM , Blogger Theresa said...

My girls use a ton of plastic straws. Not the ones from restaraunts, but reusable ones. I have ruined so many of them putting them in the dishwasher. I love that these are glass and dishwasher safe! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing such a cool product with us :)

 
At September 5, 2012 at 12:11 PM , Blogger The Girlfriend said...

Reusuable products are always great. I love straws!

 
At September 5, 2012 at 12:11 PM , Blogger BargainHoundDailyDeals said...

That is pretty cool! Great review!TY!!

 
At September 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM , Blogger Birbitt Thinks said...

I can't say I ever heard of glass straws before, but they make total sense! It sure would eliminate the need for plastic, and I like that I can wash it and know exactly where that straw came from! :)

 
At September 5, 2012 at 12:22 PM , Blogger tatess said...

I always make smothie for my kids and I just use ordinary PLASTIC straw that I bought from the Philippines.I like this product, it is transparent and easy to clean,means reusable. it save money,

 
At September 5, 2012 at 12:24 PM , Blogger Young At Heart Mommy said...

These are really neat! We go through a ton of plastic straws each week here because everyone insists on drinking from a straw. I would love to have a reusable set to save us from buying so many. Great review!

 
At September 5, 2012 at 12:40 PM , Blogger Sasha Cory said...

We don't use the plastic straws in our house unless they are ones that can be reused. These glass straws look like something we could use. Thanks for the great info!

 
At September 5, 2012 at 12:42 PM , Blogger Ali said...

These look awesome. Would love to try them out!

 
At September 5, 2012 at 1:11 PM , Blogger Tamara W said...

Those are so neat, I will have to get some I have to have a straw all the time and this will so help.

 
At September 5, 2012 at 1:58 PM , Blogger Melanie said...

Thanks for the review. They look great! I was suppose to get some of these but haven't received them yet. Your review really has me jazzed about trying them out. Great job!

 
At September 5, 2012 at 2:18 PM , Blogger AFamilyMan said...

oh wow, these are very interesting. i haven't seen anything like this until today. really cool and it's reusable which is good for our environment.

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At September 5, 2012 at 2:28 PM , Blogger Angie said...

Very cool! We use tons of straws (the disposable kind) so this this would be great for us! I will be back for the giveaway :) Thank you!

 
At September 5, 2012 at 2:58 PM , Blogger Malia said...

These look great! Saves us from buying straws constantly

 
At September 5, 2012 at 3:09 PM , Blogger Regina Sullivan said...

that is cool! we do need to be ore aware of what we are doing to the enviroment

 
At September 5, 2012 at 3:13 PM , Blogger Angel said...

I've heard nothing but great things from these straws, I am def. entering, and checking them out more, either way I need some badly!

 
At September 5, 2012 at 3:40 PM , Blogger Jeanne Medina said...

I have been actively getting rid of the plastic flatware that collects in my house. We had been reusing them, but then heard about all that hormone disruptor stuff, so out it goes. I'm still not sure about this though. I would think glass might be easily breakable. At least my kids would break them.

 
At September 5, 2012 at 3:55 PM , Blogger Patricia Woolverton said...

I have always wanted to try these straws out. I have children so I would have to be careful and they would only be mine!

 
At September 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM , Blogger Angie Harris said...

Great review thank you for sharing!

 
At September 5, 2012 at 3:58 PM , Blogger jusmel said...

Great review! Thanks for the info, I love those brushes too haaa!

 
At September 5, 2012 at 4:13 PM , Blogger Jerla Oh lalala said...

cool. this is like innovative product, am i correct?

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At September 5, 2012 at 4:34 PM , Blogger Susan said...

Great review! I am slowly trying to get rid of most of the plastics in my house (unless they are recycled, of course)

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At September 5, 2012 at 4:43 PM , Blogger Kelly Stallings said...

These seem awesome like the benefits of drinking out of a straw and the niceness of drinking from a glass. No chewing the straw though!

 
At September 5, 2012 at 7:17 PM , Blogger Danielle Morales said...

This is such a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing. I probably would never have known about these any other way!

 
At September 5, 2012 at 8:15 PM , Blogger jenzen69 said...

Very cool, I love straws also but they have to be the smallest diameter. I also Love how Coke tastes in a glass cup so I will bet the glass straw makes it even better

 
At September 5, 2012 at 8:28 PM , Blogger Bridget Williams said...

Pretty neat, love the concept!

 
At September 5, 2012 at 10:09 PM , Blogger Jo Steph said...

Oh wow! They look very neat!

 
At September 5, 2012 at 10:13 PM , Blogger Ashley S said...

These are actually pretty cool! I've never used glass straws before!

 
At September 6, 2012 at 7:22 AM , Blogger LisaLisa said...

They are very cool! What a great idea to create something like this!!!

 
At September 6, 2012 at 8:10 AM , Blogger Ahsekal Eroom said...

They are so cool looking! that is a good idea, never thought about those.

 
At September 6, 2012 at 8:32 AM , Blogger Janette Rupple said...

This is a fabulous idea! I really love that they also sell the cleaning supplies because if they didn't that would have been been the red stop sign for investigating the products any further.

 
At September 6, 2012 at 8:37 AM , Blogger Janette Rupple said...

Oh gee! Just checked out the site and I'm super thrilled that you can get sets that come with a brush!! If I win I used the certificate to offset the cost of one of the sets for sure!

 
At September 6, 2012 at 12:02 PM , Blogger Dalynn McCoy said...

Never heard of these but it looks awesome! Would definitely look at the sets, and probably thinking about decorative dots. I like that the sets come with a brush!

 
At September 8, 2012 at 8:45 PM , Blogger Angie said...

I'd like the black smoothie straw

 
At September 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM , Blogger Megan Kirby said...

I'd get the beautiful bends smoothie straws!

 
At September 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM , Blogger Amber Pafford said...

I would get the decorative dots set in the iced tea size. I go through alot of straws because I have sensitive teeth and cant stand cold or hot drinks to touch them directly.

 
At September 13, 2012 at 1:33 PM , Blogger Jemima Puddleduck said...

I'd probably get some of the beautiful bends straws...both versions

 
At September 13, 2012 at 4:34 PM , Blogger Swank Savings said...

ICE TEA - dot set
(4) 9.5mm x 9" - $37.00
(5.5mm inside diameter)

 
At September 13, 2012 at 6:25 PM , Blogger jenzen69 said...

I would choose the decorative dots sipper

 
At September 13, 2012 at 8:02 PM , Blogger Stephanie Slater said...

Simple elegence - Shorty

 
At September 20, 2012 at 6:45 PM , Blogger Melinda Dunne said...

I love these great straws!

 

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