**Update – We’ve been using the same Glass Dharma straws for 18 months. No breaks, no problems whatsoever.
For the past 5 years, I’ve waged my own little war to get plastic out of our kitchen.
There have been some victories – We don’t have a microwave, so there’s no heating in plastic wrap or plastic trays. We store most of our leftovers in glass instead of plastic containers. And our kids take only reusable, stainless steel or BPA-free containers in their lunch boxes.
But there have also been defeats, or at least draws – I still haven’t been able to go more than a few months without using a Ziploc bag for some reason or another. And freezing in glass containers is not always the walk in the park as some other moms have made it out to be.
When I first heard about glass straws, I thought they were beautiful and exquisite, but I didn’t really think they’d help us reduce our plastic. We only use straws for smoothies, and we had a couple of thick plastic straws we used over and over.
Come to think of it… the fact that those smoothie straws were plastic had never even registered with me. And once I started thinking about it, I realized what a royal pain they were to clean.
Then I also realized we always drink out of straws when we go out to eat. And only a few places we frequent have biodegradable straws.
My other concern about drinking out of a glass straw was… well, what happens if it breaks?
What if the kids stir their ice water too hard?
Or what if they bite or chew on the straw?
Thankfully, the nice people at Glass Dharma were quick and kind to answer my overly-anxious questions. They even sent us a set of their most popular styles to try out. We’ve been using them for more than three months now, as I didn’t think it would be good enough to use them twice and then write a review.
Glass straws are much more prevalent than I knew. There seem to be two crowds who flock to them. The “green” crowd — Those who are concerned with reducing the amount of waste they produce and limiting their exposure to plastic are naturally drawn to them.
But they’re so elegant and beautiful, they really make an impact on people who entertain often – whether they care about waste or not.
What makes Glass Dharma glass straws “green” or eco-friendly?
When I feel overwhelmed reading about a new toxin or chemical we have to be on alert for, I think, “What would my great grandparents have done?” They didn’t have plastic in their day, but they did use a lot of glass and cast iron in their kitchens.
Other ways glass is a safer and “greener” alternative to plastic?
- Glass straws don’t leach toxins into your food as you drink.
- Each time you use your glass straw equals one less plastic straw ending up in a landfill.
- One glass straw replaces thousands of plastic straws.
- Glass Dharma straws are made in the USA. For me that means it didn’t travel so far to get to me.
- And you know I’m a stickler for how companies ship their products. Our samples came in the minimum amount of packaging necessary.
Will glass straws break?
Owner David Leonhardt helps educate people on the durability of quality-made glass. Further helping us overcome any “breakage fears,” he offers an unprecedented lifetime guarantee – if it breaks, they will repair or replace your straws.
I’ve been intentionally not-so-careful with our set. I let them drop into the sink or clank together with silverware as I place them in the drawer. And we use them all the time for smoothies, ice water and tea. No breaks, cracks or signs of wear and tear.
They go in and out of the dishwasher beautifully. They actually come with a cleaning brush, but we the only time we’ve used it is if we forget and let a smoothie sit out too long. This is the thickest glass straw in one of our favorite berry smoothies.
They also come with a fabric sleeve so you can take them anywhere. Even though we tend to forget to bring them along when we go out to eat, if you’re a good planner or really good at being waste-free, Glass Dharma helps make it simple.
Thinking of giving glass straws a try? Let us know how you like them… and we won’t be surprised to hear you say you’re making pink lemonade and iced tea more often!