Saturday, April 21, 2012

Honor the Earth Sponsor Spotlight: Glass Dharma! #HonorEarth

Glass Dharma is a wonderful company that was started by David Leonhardt in an effort to create a line of drinking straws that were not only beautiful, but would help to put an end to the "plastics problem" that plastic straws create.

Glass Dharma was so kind to send me four of their wonderful straws to review. I received a Beautiful Bends straw in the Ice Tea size, a Simple Elegance straw in the Smoothie Size and two of the Decorative Dots straws: 1 in the Sipper Size with Amber dots and 1 Ice Tea size with Blue dots. They came in simple and nicely labeled boxes and two of the boxes cam with 2 cleaning brushes. (*Not all straw purchases come with cleaning brushes and usually must be purchased separately.)

One of my goals this year has been to replace plastics in our kitchen for glass. I don't want to have to worry about any toxins leaching into our food or drinks from plastic! Glass straws have been a perfect addition to our drinks, especially for little man! Little man no longer uses a sippy cup and instead uses a bottle with a sport top or he drinks out of a regular cup (what a big boy!). While, we never had plastic straws at home, I love using glass straws at home now! Little man has become a pro at drinking his juices, water and milk from his little sipper straw! It is a great size for him and helps him get the right amount out of his cup with each sip. I really appreciate that our Glass Dharma straws are not only functional, but they make drinking pretty too! I especially love using them in my orange juice in the morning and in my water glass throughout the day.

The Decorative Dots Sipper straw is perfect for little man!

The Decorative Dots Sipper straw with Amber Dots
The Decorative Dots Iced Tea straw with Blue Dots - my favorite!
Glass straws are also a perfect way to "go green" with your beverages. One thing that I learned from the Glass Dharma site is that: "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?" What a lot of plastic that ends up in a landfill, and that's just from McDonald's! By taking glass straws with us when we go out, we can help keep some of those plastic straws out of our landfills. It may be a small step, but even small efforts can make a big difference!

I have started putting the Simple Elegance straw in the Smoothie size in my water bottle. It is the perfect fit and I really love that I can sip water easily (lots of water too with the Smoothie size!). I think that it has actually helped me drink more water throughout the day - a definite plus!

I have really enjoyed using our Glass Dharma straws and I know little man loves his! They really do add a pretty touch to something as simple as a glass of water! The Decorative Dots are definitely my favorite and I love that the dots add some color and help to keep the straw from rolling away! They come in 6 colors, so you could get a straw for little ones in their favorite color or you could even coordinate them with your kitchen decor! I would definitely encourage anyone who uses straws to look into swapping out plastic and replacing them with Glass Dharma straws! They are very sturdy (I haven't had the slightest worry that little man could break one) and I love that I don't have to worry about any toxins leaching into our drinks!

 I'll leave you with some fun facts about the Glass Dharma drinking straws (facts taken from their website):

GlassDharma glass drinking straws are:
  • Made of borosilicate tubing and is the strongest glass commercially available.
    Means that we have spared no expense in bringing you the strongest, most durable drinking straw possible.
  • Annealed to Corning, Inc. specifications (a process that strengthens the glass).
    So you can have confidence you are purchasing the highest quality glass straws available.
  • Made of glass which does not leach ANY TOXINS into your food.
    So you can use your non-toxic straws with confidence.
  • Created with the beauty and elegance that only glass can give.
    You’ll feel like royalty – with a touch of ‘glass’.
  • A great environmental addition to your kitchenware.
    Great for hot or cold drinks, microwave and dishwasher safe!!
  • Covered with our unbelievable Lifetime Guarantee Against Breakage.
    Means that if they ever break, we’ll replace them - Free,
    (Why do we do this?)

  • Hand-made in the U.S.A.
    Buying from GlassDharma means that your dollar is not going off-shore - it stays right here in the U.S.A.
Honor the Earth

Glass Dharma is one of the sponsors for the Honor the Earth Event (happening April 12-22) and they have generously offered one winner a $25 gift certificate to their website!

This prize is up for grabs on my blog during the Honor the Earth Giveaway Hop! Be sure to enter HERE for a chance to WIN this awesome prize!
You can connect with Glass Dharma on Facebook, Twitter, their Blog and you can shop through their website!


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