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Monday, July 9, 2012

GLASS DARMA REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

Since March of 2007 GlassDharma has been producing glass drinking straws. The GlassDharma mission is to create world-wide awareness about single use plastics and how damaging plastic straws are to our environment. Glass Straws provide an alternative that eliminates the need for straws made from plastic.

In 2007, David Leonhardt launched GlassDharma and handled all of the operations by himself. The GlassDharma.com website launched In 2008. Since then, GlassDharma sales show an average annual growth rate of 50% year after year. As of 2012, GlassDharma is supported by 10 people.

GlassDharma welcomes more companies that can combine efforts with us in making more glass straws available. Glass Straws help to educate the public about reducing the amount of plastic straws endangering our environment. There is plenty of market-share for all and we encourage a spirit of cooperation and collaboration as opposed to competition in our industry.

As of the beginning of 2012, GlassDharma’s shipping numbers total over 200,000 straws world-wide. Although that may sound like a large number to some, our goal is to provide glass straws to at least 2% of the American public. With U.S.A. population at about 300 million, this works out to 6 million straws. We certainly have our work cut out for us.
PLASTIC EVERYWHERE: Take a look around and you’ll find that most folks are gravitating toward awareness that plastic pollution is poisoning our environment. With the immense amount of plastic (especially single-use plastics) being dumped into our landfills and oceans, it is easy to feel overwhelmed with no easy solution in sight. There is no one single answer to our planet’s pollution problems but we believe in significant progress through a number of avenues. We cannot expect our environment to absorb wastes that our global lifestyle is producing without substantial negative effects.

FOCUS: The GlassDharma philosophy is not to try to be all things to all people. Our focus is to do what we can do and what we do best. Single use plastics are not only one of the biggest contributors to plastic pollution, it is also one of the (relatively) easier issues to remedy – at least when it comes to stopping the pollution. Cleaning up what is already there is another topic for discussion. Our company’s focus is on drinking straws.

THE MAIN CULPRITS: Plastic bags, plastic water (or drink) bottles and plastic straws make up the bulk of single use plastics in our world and is a huge percentage of what is ending up in our oceans and landfills. Recycling can be a smokescreen solution when it comes to an effective remedy. The pitifully small percentage of plastics that iare recycled will not significantly reduce the amount of new plastics produced or reduce the amount of plastic pollution.
RECYCLING: Most folks have been led to believe that recycling is a great thing to do with all of our plastic when we are done with it. What most people don’t know is that: 1) Plastic that is recycled is actually “down-cycled”, usually only a few times before it ends up in our landfills & oceans. 2) The amount of plastic that is recycled is such a small percent (think single digits here) that it is hardly worth mentioning. 3) Even so-called “green” plastics (made from plant sources instead of oil) behave the same way as oil based plastics – and do as much harm. We need to re-think how we do this and examine our "sense of entitlement" when it comes to convenience.

PLASTIC STRAWS are always in the top 10 of number of items collected during beach cleanups. Some folks ask “Why do we need a beverage delivery system, anyway?” Well, it’s true that up until about 100 years ago nobody had one, so they are not essential for the average person for survival, but here’s the catch: Would anybody seriously think that we could outlaw drinking straws? A large population shows no willingness to do without their straws, so as long as there are people that want to use a drinking straw, then we need to find materials and processes that do not impact our planet the way plastic straws currently do.

AM I OVERSTATING THE CASE HERE? Just how many straws are we talking about? Well, 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? Remember, this is just from McDonalds!! Are you getting the picture??
MILO CRESS, a 10 year old boy has been on a straw campaign the last several years. He noticed that a significant number of restaurants served drinks complete with plastic straw without ever bothering to ask if the customer wanted one. He since has developed an “ask first” policy for resteraurants to adopt and has been making news nation-wide ever since. He also researched straw manufacturers and calculated how many straws are produced. Would you believe that enough plastic straws are produced annually to fill over 46 THOUSAND full sized school buses!! I hope it is becoming obvious just how big of a problem these pesky little plastic straws can be.
Plain and simple, here’s how and why they work:
  • 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 your landfill.
  • One glass straw replaces thousands of plastic straws. (How many times will you use a straw the rest of your life?)
  • Using your glass drinking straw adds a feeling of beauty to your day.
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.
                                                                                 

                                                                    OUR REVIEW.     

I HAVE NEVER USED GLASS STRAWS BEFORE. I WAS EXCITED TO REVIEW THE GLASS DARMA STRAWS. I WAS WONDERING FI THEY WOULD BE THIN AND BREAK EASILY. THEY GOT HERE AND THE GLASS IS THICK AND DONT BREAK EASILY AT ALL. I REALLY LIKE OUR GLASS STRAWS WE GOT TO TRY. I LOVE THE ONES WITH THE LITTLE COLORED BUBBLES ON THEM. THEY ARE SO PRETTY. MY GIRLS LOVE USING THE GLASS DARMA STRAWS AND SO DO I. I WILL DEFFINATLY KEEP USING MY GLASS DARMA STRAWS. HEAD OVER AND CHECK OUT ALL OF THE BEAUTIFUL STRAWS AT GLASS DARMA. MAKE SURE TO COME BACK AND ENTER INTO THE RAFFLECOPTOR FOR A 25 DOLLAR GIFT CARD TO GLASS DARMA.

LOOK AT MEME USING A GLASS DARMA STRAW. SHE REALLY LIKE IT.

LOOK AT THE BEAUTIFUL COLORED BUBBLES ON THE GLASS STRAW.
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DISCLAIMER:I DID RECIEVE SAMPLE PRODUCT TO TRY. I WASNT COMPENSATED IN ANY OTEHR WAY FOR THIS REVIEW. THESE ARE ALL MY OWN OPINIONS.

10 comments:

carolaontour said...

I'd get three of the Iced Tea staws.

Sarh said...

I'd get the smoothie straws

Mary Kate said...

What a great product and what an inspiring post! I really don't even like drinking from straws and never thought to just say no to them when out at restaurants.

Gianna said...

I'd get some smoothie straws.

Dealsfan32 said...

I would get the smoothie straws
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Terri said...

I would get Ice Tea straws with decorative dots.

Kris said...

i would get a set of smoothie straws

Marisa M said...

If I won, I'd get the decorative dot straw set.
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Ruby said...

I like set of four decorative dots drinking straws with one cleaning brush

Mel said...

I'd get the set of four simple elegance 8" & 9" drinking straws with a cleaning brush
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