Monday, February 24, 2014

Ditch the Disposables with GlassDharma Straws (Review with Giveaway, Ends 03/11/14, Worldwide)

Disclosure: We received four free glass straws and two free straw brushes in exchange for our honest opinion about them.

We have dramatically decreased the amount of disposable items used in our home over the last several years. We have used cloth diapers, currently use cloth wipes/family cloth, washcloths instead of napkins/paper towels, real dishes/silverware instead of disposable varieties, mama cloth/menstrual cup,  etc. The list goes on. We have been working towards not having any disposable items in our home - for two main reasons.
1. It's better for the environment.
2. It's better for our wallet. Yes, initially the upfront cost is more, but in the end, we save money.
Straws. They are not necessarily something that you think about when you think about disposable items. I have found that I drink so much more fluid if I have a straw in my glass. I am more likely to refill my glass and refill it sooner if I am drinking with a straw. Yes, you can get a large pack of plastic straws at the dollar store. You are also ingesting BPA and who knows what other chemicals with whatever you are drinking through the straw, too. Plus, there's a reason why places like Sea World don't allow the usage of disposable straws- they are dangerous to animals. Imagine how many animals choke on disposable straws after rummaging in trash! I am very glad to have added glass straws to my list of reusable items.
GlassDharma Straws come in several sizes and widths. There is a straw for every use!   

If you look closely, you can see in the picture above that the first two straws are wider/thicker, the third straw is not as thick/wide as those, but yet not as narrow as the fourth straw. You can purchase the glass straws separately or in sets. GlassDharma also sells carrying cases to use your glass straws on the go.
GlassDharma also sells straw brushes to clean the glass straws. Notice that there is a thicker brush and a narrow brush.While the brushes are sold separately from the straws, in an effort to be even more environmentally friendly, GlassDharma will usually ship their brushes in the same packaging as their straws to save on packaging usage.
I especially liked that small narrow straw. It has decorative dots on it and is perfect for drinking sweet tea.

The angled straw works better in taller glasses.

I found out the hard way that kefir is slightly too thick for the narrow straw! :)

The thickest/widest straw is best for smoothies or iced drinks.

Accidents happen, right? Brandon was unloading the dishwasher and accidentally dropped a straw into our hardwood floor. Luckily, GlassDharma has a Hassle-Free Lifetime Guarantee Against Breakage. Our new straw arrived very quickly! You do have to pay a modest shipping fee.
I LOVE that they are handmade in the USA!! They are also dishwasher and microwave safe.  
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