Giveaway: Glass Dharma Straws

March 31, 2015

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I first started building my collection of jars a decade ago. At that point, I wasn’t using them for canning (that was still yet to come). I simply didn’t like storing dry goods, leftovers, and lunches in plastic and found that wide mouth jars were the best and most affordable way to switch to glass. During my time as an office worker, you’d often find me heading to work a daily trio of jars containing coffee, breakfast, and lunch (and padded with a cloth napkin or two).

bent glass dharma straw

I am always looking for ways to consume less and reuse more. I’ve conditioned myself to always carry reusable bags. I’m militant about using travel mugs (or a mason jar fitted with a Cuppow) when out for coffee. I am religious about returning egg cartons to farmers and metal hangers to the laundry that does Scott’s work shirts. And about four years ago, I bought a small stash of glass straws from Glass Dharma to replace the package of plastic Ikea ones that I had been using.

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I have loved these straws and they’re still going strong. They are easy to use, simple to clean with a skinny brush and are impossible to break. Awhile back, I dropped one behind the washing machine and when we finally pulled the machine out enough that I could reach back and retrieve it, the straw was in perfect shape, save a coating of dust and laundry lint.

glass dharma straw tip

The best thing about Glass Dharma is that they’re not just trying to sell a product. They see their work as a sustainability mission and to that end, they distribute a ton of free straws each April in honor of Earth Day. They hope that one day, they’ll have provided glass straws to at least 2% of the American public (that works out to about 6 million straws).

What this means is that today, you have two chances to get some free glass straws. First, click here to read more about Glass Dharma’s Earth Day promotion. Then go sign up for their newsletter to get yourself in the loop for said promotion.

Finally, come back here and leave a comment for chance to win one of three $25 gift codes for use on the Glass Dharma website.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me a story about a straw. Do you love them? Are you someone who drinks hot beverages through straws?
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, April 5, 2015.
  3. Giveaway open to United States residents only. Void where prohibited.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: Glass Dharma sent me a few straws to add to my collection for photography purposes. They are also providing the three gift codes at no cost to me. They have not paid me for this post beyond those sample straws and all opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

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256 thoughts on "Giveaway: Glass Dharma Straws"

  • I’m not much of a straw drinker, buy my sister-in-law who teaches in bush Alaska loves them. I bet she’d be super happy to replace her plastic straws with glass, and I’d be happy to add a little something to the next care package I send their way.

  • Amazing, so many wonderful eco ideas these days. I try hard not to use expendables such as styrophome, and plastic grocery bags. And if I must I try to reuse as much as I can. These would be great for our morning smoothies and icy milks

  • Love the bendy straw! I try not to use straws much, but when I do, I prefer reusable. And glass is perfect!!! Bendy glass straws are perfect!!!!

  • I love the idea of a reusable straw! I am very mindful of the waste that I make, and having the opportunity to actually own a reusable straw would be so helpful! Thanks to everyone for making and promoting such great products to help all of us cut down on our waste!

  • I now ask for water and drinks from restaurants as if ordering a cocktail to make sure that no plastic straw is wasted. “I’ll have an ice water with lemon, no straw please.” It works most of the time!

  • I use straws daily. I buy plastic straws and reuse them ALOT. My kids think I am crazy to reuse plastic straws. I use them for cold and hot beverages. Thanks so much for letting us know about this site, I never knew that glass straws existed!

  • Love the idea of glass straws! We use most of our straws when we host supper club. I’ve noticed both kids and adults use them. Would love to be able to replace our paper straws!

  • I LOVE glass straws! I keep stainless steel ones in my purses so I have them with me when I’m out, but prefer glass ones and always use one when I’m at home. I have bendy and straight glass straws and love them all.

  • I’d love to have a glass straw. I have two stainless steel straws that I enjoy using but they can make a frozen smoothie too cold, if that makes sense. Using a straw helps me to not wear what I am drinking!

  • Ok, this is a great idea. I’m not a big fan of straws or cup lids because I hate tossing the plastic after a quick use.

  • I will have to get some of these because I love my straws! Home, away, on the road, hot drinks, cold drinks, doesn’t matter.

  • My Grandmother brought us all up to “Reduce – Reuse – Recycle” for both economical and environmental reasons. She would LOVE these straws and the brush as well. Grammy made her own straw brush and we were not allowed to throw a straw away unless it was beyond use. Every time I drink from a straw, hot or cold, I remember my Grandmother washing dishes and talking to us about how its wrong not to use things until they were unusable. She taught me many good things during these dish washing conversations.

    I was usually eating oranges while she was washing, from her neighbor’s orchard.

  • I have always loved straws. They make total sense to me. A sip gives you just enough beverage without spills or drips. This is the first time I’ve ever seen glass straws, however, and I think it’s a brilliant idea. I cannot wait to try them! 🙂

  • I use the ikea reusable straws everyday, around the house and in car cups. People buy me straws as presents because I love them so. I just noticed that my five year old son always gets himself a straw if I don’t put one in his cup :o)

  • Once when I was sick I couldn’t sit up enough to drink from a glass. My husband went out in the rain to find bendy straws for me. When he couldn’t find any in the stores he went to, he ended up going to a restaurant and grabbed and handful before running out the door. He came home soaking wet, but triumphant.

    It would be good to have a permanent straw at home.

  • I use stainless steel straws daily for my green smoothies. Would love to have more reusable straws in my collection!

  • Funny, I actually just pulled my Earth Day straw out of the mail not 30 minutes ago! I only found out about glass dharma a few months ago, and I was super excited to try out their collection of straws! I’ve been cleaning up my diet and lifestyle over the past year, and that’s contributed to an increased consumption of smoothies. I’ve been collecting glass canning jars of all sizes and use those for my smoothies, but like you were,I have still been using disposable plastic straws. I’m super stoked to try out my first glass straw and can’t wait to get a whole collection going!

  • I use straws while I’m nursing it’s much less likely that a little hand will cause a spill if my glass stays upright

  • I use those bpa-free plastic cups with straws every day for my beverages (usually water) at work. If I take a cup home from work to wash and forget to bring it back, I am out of sorts for the entire straw-less day. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • I use about a box of disposable straws each year. I’d love to swap these out for glass. I guess I just assumed they’d be too much work or too delicate.

  • For many many years in my middle age I used straws. Being a good Weight Watcher life member I was getting lots of water and liquids in my diet. I always attributed the use of a straw to my non sagging jaw and lower face muscles to their use. Then for what ever reason I feel out of the habit ……yikes … Need to get back in the habit. Some may say Mr. Gravity , but I say go get me a straw and start sucking . Let’s give those face muscles a workout ! ! Thanks for your offer cause I’m not getting any younger. C.

  • I’m not generally a straw person b/c I don’t like generating extra trash – these glass straws would solve that issue though.

  • I’m intrigued by the idea of a glass straw and would love to try them! What a great way to cut down on waste! I love drinking cold beverages from a straw and find that I drink more water if I use a straw 🙂

  • These look awesome! I cannot handle hot stuff with straws, but I do love my iced coffee through a straw!

  • When I was young we never went to restaurants, even fast food ones. For that reason I rarely drank with a straw – and then it was a treat. Fast forward 50 years and I’m putting stocking stuffers together for Christmas. I included a small package of colorful straws which would have been a treat in my childhood. My niece, however, looked and the straws and then at me as if I had given her a plastic spoon. For her hit was a utilitarian item that was used and thrown away.

  • I have plastic neon crazy straws, so I never use them to drink hot liquids. They’re mostly decoration for my liquor cabinet because they’re such a pain to clean that I don’t want to use them. Some nice glass straws would be perfect for stirring cocktails.

  • i use straws all the time for my drinks at home; whether it be water, juice, soda or even hot tea. I have a couple funky plastic straws that I toss after a while, would love a durable glass straw Muy fancy!

  • I’m not a big straw user, but I do really enjoy using them for cocktails in the summer. Stirring and sipping at the same time? Yes, please!

    (As an aside, thanks so much for sharing about this awesome product!)

  • The straws in our house are pretty old. I bought them for my mother to use when she was living with us during her last years, and she passed away back in 2006. I like to use them for smoothies, and I always think of my sweet mother when I open the tin and pull out one of those plastic bendy straws. I think that if I had a nice reusable straw I’d be likely to use it for a lot more than just smoothies.

  • I always bring my own straw to coffee shops. One time a barista handed me a straw, to which I replied that I already had my own. They proceeded to throw the straw on the ground, and I promptly flipped out on them for wasting an otherwise perfectly fine straw! The waste in our society is unbelievable and head hurting sometimes…a glass straw would be a great conversation starter as well!

  • My kids love straws. I hate plastic. So I did buy a few stainless steel straws, but they definitely have a flavor. It would be great to try glass!

  • Our family switched to using paper straws a while back. This is the first time I’ve heard of glass straws. Awesome idea! Thank you for telling us about it.

  • I especially like straws for iced tea, with lemon. When my brothers and I were children, my mother would serve us juice with wild, bendy, roller-coaster straws. I think the theory was the novelty of the straws would encourage us to drink more and stay hydrated.

  • When I was a child I loved the paper bendy straws and then they all seemed to be available only in plastic. I was so happy when paper straws became available again but would love to give the glass straw a try!

  • When my son was first learning to drink from a cup, he preferred a straw to a sippy cup of any sort.

  • I use a lot of straws because they are easier on my TMJ. I really like that these are glass instead of plastic.

  • Drinking cold beverages through a straw automatically makes every taste better! I already purchased a single straw from GlassDharma. Wasting plastic doesn’t automatically come to mind when thinking about straws (they seem so insignificant compared to plastic cups, etc) but if you really think about it- it is such a huge waste. I’m glad to contribute my efforts in preserving our environment by using a glass straw. They’re still pretty expensive (high quality I’m sure) so hope to add more to my collection with a gift code win!

  • The memory that comes to mind when I think of using a straw has to do with staying home from school as a kid. My mom usually left apple juice at my bedside with a bendy straw so I could stay hydrated while trying to get better. I have wanted a glass straw forever for my iced coffee in the summer. Even it I don’t win, I think I will try this brand!

  • I am always trying to cut out waste from my everyday life. Glass straws would be another great way to do so!

  • I do not use straws often for myself, but a straw has a magical ability to increase the appeal of any beverage or smoothie in the eyes of my children. They would LOVE these straws.

  • I love drinking cold summer beverages with a straw, but usually do not because I hate the wastefulness. Some glass straws would let me sip guilt-free!

  • I have a friend that uses straws with everything she drinks. I would love this, so I could get a straw for her 🙂

  • I love drinking smoothies with straws but I would never buy disposable ones and the plastic kind I’m never sure are bpa free. I would be able to use glass straws with any beverage and never have to purchase an awful plastic straw again! Lol

  • My eight month old son is just starting to drink from a cup using a straw. How much better a glass straw would be!