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 a straw person when it comes to smoothies, which I drink 3 or 4 times a week in the summer time. Hot beverages, not so much. Would love a set of these!

  • A story, huh? How about the time my son (8) opened the cupboard and got bonked in the head by a box of plastic straws as they fell out, onto him…? 🙂 I’m wanting to try glass ones… but with two little boys, are they really durable enough?

  • Every once in a while I start to think straws are unnecessary. And then I find myself two thirds through a full day (or night) of driving and am glad I have something to make it easier for the Red Bull to make it into my mouth and not all over my shirt.

  • Ohhhh I am such a straw person!!! I have never heard of anything but the icky old plastic ones that crack eventually and are so hard to clean. I am super excited to learn about these 🙂 Hoping to start building a collection of them 🙂

  • I love to drink my coffee through a straw but sometimes the plastic gives it a weird taste. I’d love to use glass at work instead.

  • How neat! I am buying boxes of straws often for my smoothie habit and get annoyed when a fresh one has an air leak. I bet these straws don’t have that problem. That isn’t much of a story. 🙂 As a kid we used to frequent a pizza place that used noodles for straws and I would always snack on my noodle straw and I would need 2-3 more to make it through the meal (and my drink).

  • I bought a few glass straws awhile back, some from Dharma and some not. The Dharma ones are going strong but the other brand was not worth the money. Glass Dharma all the way!

  • I LOVE straws!!! I use them for everything. My husband used to make fun of me for my straw obsession, until one day he decided to give it a try. I think his straw obsession may be greater than mine now!

  • I love the Glass Dharma straws. They are a must for smoothies. I agree, they are very durable and very easy to clean.

  • I do like straws. Sadly the plastic ones go limp when I try to drink coffee through them. And they are just not reuseable – ugh! Here is hoping for a win on these.

  • I have two stories: 1) One of my uncles had cerebal palsy and he needed to drink from a straw. My grandmother always had glass straws in the house (disposable straws in the car). I never thought about where she got them back when I was a kid (over 30 years ago), but now, I wonder. 2) As part of a more healthy diet, I’ve been drinking smoothies for breakfast, but I’ve been using disposable straws, and I hate that I throw one out every day. I definitely see glass straws in my future!

  • I rarely drink hot beverages through a straw but both my daughter and my mother do. Hmmm, maybe they are onto something I haven’t figured out…these straws would give me a chance to find out if they are right!

  • I love straws. I had a metal one that I really liked, but I seem to have lost it. I didn’t even know glass straws were a thing.

  • My daughter LOVES straws and desperately wishes I would spring for a more eco and sturdy model. So I just might if I don’t win this.

  • My son drinks almost exclusively from a straw or cuppow lid. We bought mason jar lids with holes but neither of us like the weird hard plastic straws that came with them. These would be perfect. I wish I had a good story but I dont. I will say no one looks graceful drinking from a straw and we get great joy out of that in our family. Anything that incites a smile is worth it!

  • I use metal straws with an iLid for my Mason jars. I drink lots of water every day like this. I’d love to try glass- I worry about them breaking!

  • Straws add that extra layer of “fancy” that we enjoy for special occasions. I love the idea of reusable glass ones… amazing that they sound so durable!

  • The final piece of the connection between chemistry lab and canning! Sheer genius.

    My kids drink smoothies through a set of straws that I wash again and again. They are plastic. I’ve thought of replacing them with steel, but you can’t see if they’re actually clean. And nothing is grosser than a bit of spoiled smoothie….

  • 20 years ago my mom took us to Orlando when she had to go on a business trip and one of my most vivid memories is how angry my sister got at Sea World because they didn’t have straws for her lemonade because people can’t be responsible with them and birds end up eating them. It was kind of a miserable trip all around (we were just slightly too old for a first theme park trip) and now we all laugh over the crazy parts, including the lack of straws.

  • These look amazing and would be great for smoothies and fresh juices!!! Love the fact I can wash and reuse-always a plus!!!

  • I remember glass straws from when I was a small child. They were at my elderly grandparent’s house. I love glass and paper straws – not so much plastic. But no straws for hot drinks!

  • I’ve been eyeing those Glass Dharma straws for so long! I think they’ve been on my Amazon wish list for years now. Somehow smoothies and milkshakes aren’t the same without straws, but I’m also one of those weirdos who likes hot drinks with straws, too 🙂

  • I love straws. I have one in my cup at work. It’s great when I get caught up reading something and sipping on my water. I stay super hydrated.

  • My husband always uses straws in his drink. We store them in a chipped mason jar. I just bought him some stainless steel ones from Mighty Nest- I wish i’d known about these glass ones too!

  • use straws everyday w/ hot & cold beverage. Would love a set of reuseable. Thx for opportunity to win them

  • This would be perfect for Irish Coffee – so I can choose how much whipped cream to get without smashing against my lip.

  • My husband once gave me a hot cider with a straw in it. I didn’t realize how hot it was and took a big swig and really burned the back of my mouth. It’s actually pretty dangerous because you can burn your throat.

    I go through a lot of straws because I use them to siphon a bit of kombucha out from under the edge of the SCOBY to see if it’s done enough. I love the idea of reusable ones with little brushes.

  • My stepdaughter still has cute straws from when she was much younger than her 23 years! We were informed we had to keep them when she went off to college. One has an animal figure attached to it, one curls around itself three times in the middle, etc. I don’t remember which is purple and which is green!

  • No straw story but I love the glass straws over stainless ones because of cleaning. I refuse plastic straws when out and about.

  • Ohh I would love to try these, I have been trying to find a solution to all the straws that get thrown away.

  • I love using straws especially with cold drinks. My teeth are very sensitive to cold and using straws helps me. When I go to restaurants I always ask for one!

  • I drink most beverages through straws and would love to switch to these glass eco friendly ones.

  • Once upon a time, there was a straw. He didn’t like being plastic and disposable but he was born that way. He was lucky enough to be adopted by an ex-hippie chick, who washed and re-used him as long as she could. And then recycled him. In his next life he ascended to a higher plane and came back as a dharma glass straw. And now he is hoping to find that kind lady again and live with her for many more years, happily ever after, of course. The end.

  • I do drink hot beverages through a straw and I have a special way of “eating” cold frozen drinks with a straw – putting my finger over the end and dipping and then putting the mass at the end in my mouth. This is always a test of a perfect cold blended drink – it must cling properly to the end.

  • I always use a straw at work with a large water glass but I am waiting for a stainless steel straw that is coming in a package that is a reward for a Kickstarter project. I would prefer glass but either will be better than the plastic I am using now.

  • In the warmer months, I drink smoothies all. the. time. I don’t like using reusable straws because it’s not so green, so I got some metal ones. I don’t really like how it feels to drink out of the since they are so skinny, but these glass ones look much wider!

  • I love using straws for my smoothies or iced coffee in the summer… glass would make it so much nicer!

  • I always chew an my straws and crack them, so hopefully these awesome straws will help me break the habit!

  • I do like straws. I have metal ones currently, but you can’t see if they’re clean or not, and aren’t good for hot beverages. I’d probably use jars more for lattes with these straws.

    1. I like using straws to share little sips of drinks with my toddler. I don’t want him pouring a shake or sweet drink all over himself if he gets a hold of the cup and it helps control things if I cap one end with my thumb and let him slurp it out of the bottom.:

  • I always use straws at home and have been meaning to switch to glass and just haven’t yet. This would be awesome to win. 🙂

  • Everytime we go to a restaurant my husband rips the top end of the paper off the straw and blows to the rest of the paper goes flying at me. He started this when our boys were little so of course they would do it too. To this day we still do it & the boys are now 16 & 18

  • I can’t drink anything that has ice in it without a straw — that sensation of ice cold cubes against my teeth bugs the bejeesus out of me.

  • My kids want nothing to do with a smoothie until I stick a straw in the glass. I feel so terribly guilty about our straw consumption, but I want them to enjoy all the healthy goodness of their daily smoothies. We have tried metal straws and they have a funny mouth feel for my kids. I’ve hesitated buying glass straws because I’m so afraid they will shatter and break, but I’m coming around to the idea.

  • My sweet father-in-law has very bad tremors. He uses straws all the time in order to get liquid in his mouth without spilling. Thankful to whomever invented straws.

  • I LOVE straws for ice water — these look amazing! My current package of reusable straws was a gift from my mom on my 21st birthday. She wrapped 21 things, so some were tiny/funny, like the straws, but I use them every day.

  • I love Glass Dharma! I have a straw from them that I use constantly, keep wanting to get more and wishing there was somewhere local I could get them!

  • My twins refused their bottles at 12 months, leaving their un-expecting parents scrambling for straws and sippy cups. Knowing how many non-reusable straws my little independent individuals have used, it is time to teach them to use a re-usable straw!

  • I secretly love straws. However I hate using plastic, so I rarely use them and never buy them. These look so fun. And hard to break? Sign me up!

  • I have a Glass Dharma straw and could use more. I broke my first one, totally my fault. I like that it’s better for the environment, and I try as much as possible not to have plastic come into contact with my food/drinks.

  • I have sensitive teeth so I prefer to drink everything through a straw. I’ve looked at glass ones before but was always concerned about cleaning them so I’m really glad you included that detail. I would love to be a winner, but if I don’t win, I’ll still be investing in glass straws for home and work.

  • I used to associate straws with being sick. My mom would bring me drinks with a straw for some reason only when I was ill, probably easier to sip when lying down I guess. The idea of a glass straw could change my mind!

  • I used to drink hot coffee with a straw until I thought about all the plastic leaching into the hot liquid. But now I have a bunch of stainless steel straws to use instead. I’ve always wanted to try the glass straws though!

    Also, it’s weird but I drink way more water throughout the day if it’s in a glass with a straw rather than an open cup.

  • I’ve never used glass straws, but I have been wanting to try them for smoothies, because my stainless steel stars are too thin.

  • I currently use different brightly colored plastic straws in my water bottle. It would be nice to have reuseable ones.

  • I love straws, but rarely use them because of the waste involved. Still get a little thrill every time I get one in a restaurant, though…

  • It was so cool to use the extra long straws grandma gave us for rootbeer floats! Mind you this was 40+ years ago but it still brings a smile to my face! I’d love to have glass straws – never really considered using a straw for hot beverages but that sounds perfect for coffee

  • Dont have much of a straw story to tell, but i am someone who believes in being as environmentally friendly as i can. Would love to use more glass anything and these sound great.

  • my toddler loves straws. She just learned how to blow bubbles in her milk. Before taking a drink she often says “just for drinking, not for blowing”

  • My friends think I’m crazy, but I can’t drink from a glass in a restaurant without a straw. I know they clean their glasses and all, but I don’t like to think of all the mouths that were on it before me.

  • Summer, mowing the lawn in the heat requires a reward and mine is a root beer float, with a straw.

  • Glass Straws! Awesome!
    I don’t normally use a straw for drinking but do use the plastic straws for other uses.
    Poking stem out from the strawberries, cutting a slit down center of straw and using to cover sharp edge of my good knives; I will cut a plastic straw into sections and stick in a dessert to keep the plastic from sticking o the icing, etc. right down in using them in making craft projects.
    I would love to win some of these glass straw to use in drinking my milk shakes.
    Thank you for this giveaway opportunity.

  • I LIKE TO USE STRAWS. I HAVE A COUPLE OF METAL STRAWS I PURCHASED AT 7-ELEVEN ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO THEY ARE GREAT. I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO TRY THESE GLASS STRAWS.

    AT HOME I USE GLASS TUMBLERS. GLASS STRAWS WOULD BE GREAT TO HAVE TO USE WITH THEM. I WISH SODAS, JUICE AND MILK ALL STILL CAME IN GLASS CONTAINERS,

  • I use straws all the time! I’m not the best “green” person, but I do try and since I use them all the time, why not a glass straw? One of my favorite drinks is an italian soda, of course with a straw! It just doesn’t taste the same without one. Also, I use straws to corral my necklaces when I travel…just slip the chain through the straw and it doesn’t get tangled!

  • I like using a straw to drink my iced coffee. In an effort to reduce plastic in my life – even reuseables – I don’t use straws anymore. I love what this company is doing and would love to have a glass straw!

  • What a great find. Didn’t even know such a thing as glass straws existet! Would be perfect to get the last bit of my morning latte macchiato out of my tall coffee mug.

  • I appreciate being introduced to products like this. I’d like to win, but if I don’t, I’ll plan to purchase.

  • We were out to dinner with my niece who is 3.5 years old. Watching her with a straw is just so much fun as she is still figuring out all the trouble she can get with them. 😉

  • Pretty much use a straw everyday. Correction: pretty much use 5 straws every day. I make smoothies for myself and my 4 little humans.

  • Spitball fights at school. Everyone knows that story, right? PS, I would not use this straw for that!

  • I wanted a glass straw for years. Finally I bought one (a Glass Dharma one, no less!) as a present to myself when I had my second baby. My husband teases me for it all the time, but I drink so much more water now, and don’t spill on the baby in the middle of the night.

    For those folks worrying about breakage–these straws are really excellent. Mine has survived falls from the kitchen counter, not to mention my feisty toddler. You have nothing to worry about here. 😀

  • I never even knew there WERE glass straws!! I love this idea! I always need to drink cold things from straws because my teeth are so darned sensitive. Using these would make me so happy!!

  • I love straws! Iced coffee (in a mason jar, of course) just wouldn’t be the same without one! : )

  • I have friends come over for smoothies after our workouts. One of the guys always keeps a package of . straw (plastic) at the house but uses each straw multiple times by cleaning the straw after each use. He would much prefer a glass straw.

  • We’ve been using glass straws for many years — ever since a promotion on Groupon. And we love them and get lots of comments. We love them for smoothies in the summer. I even bought glass straws that will accommodate the tapioca bubbles in bubble tea. I tried to get our local bubble tea vendor to sell them in her store (to no avail!). I keep them in the car for when we travel. My kids (now teens) are acutely aware of how bad plastic staws are for the environment. Plastic straws are one of the California Coastal Commission’s “dirty dozen” of trash. 60% of the trash collected during Coastal Cleanup Day is plastic.

  • I really love when restaurants give me a straw to sip my water with. Restaurant water always seems so cold and full of ice, and a straw lets me avoid some of that!

  • These glass straws look great. I have really sensitive teeth so like to use a straw when drinking (and I definitely drink more water with a straw). I know the plastic ones are so bad for the environment, so these are a great alternative!

  • Drinks always seem better with a straw! Glass straws would be great because it is a worry how the plastic one really add up.

  • I don’t use straws except when out. I think I’d keep one or two of these in my purse and use these when out!

  • My kids love straws and I feel completely guilty about the environmental waste every time I throw them away. In fact I secretly hate the big bag of straws my husband bought that sits in our cuppboard, so the dharma straw looks pretty amazing especially if they have an easy way to clean them.

  • I love my morning smoothie with a straw and this makes so much more sense than disposables. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • I use WAY too many plastic straws! I try and reuse them, but–yuck! I can’t deal with ice on my teeth, so straw it is!

  • I just started drinking a smoothie every morning so I have been looking for a reuseable straw. This is perfect timing for me!

  • Oh how I love straws (and I love the idea of a glass one!)! Actually I have a hard time drinking any beverage that has ice in it without a straw…it just seems wrong to me. And let’s talk about milkshakes, shall we…milkshake + straw = absolute necessity and totally dangerous because milkshakes are like liquid-y crack to me!

  • why is everything more appealing when sipped through a straw or eaten off a stick? passionately fond of my stainless straws and excited to try glass. I’ve been fixated on the same jar/hanger/carton axis of life you describe for so long (packing peanuts! OY, such a lot of them I have driven around), and I’m elated to see people getting excited about REDUCE and RE-USE, which totally trump recycle in the holy trinity of Rs. You go, FIJ: lead us into the light!

  • I love straws. I have sensitive teeth so straws are great to help with that ailment. I use them always with icy drinks. A glass straw would be just perfect.

  • Wow. These look great! No good straw story, but do enjoy using them. Don’t really care for the reusable plastic ones. These look to be just the ticket to bridge the inner child with the grown-up who still likes to use straws!