September 15, 2013

Sip in Sustainable Style with Reusable Glass Straws from Glass Dharma

My motto: "baby steps toward changing the world" may be easily put into practice with the simple act of banishing plastic straws from your life at home and on the go. Did you know that around 500 MILLION disposable plastic straws are used in the United States alone every DAY? To give you a concept of what that looks like: this many straws would fill more than 127 school buses every 24 hours! Not to mention the fact that plastic contains the harmful toxin BPA, and that plastic straws never biodegrade.

So what's one baby step you can take to green the planet and your family's lifestyle? Opt for one glass straw that lasts a lifetime, as opposed to a disposable, one-time use straw that pollutes the earth and your body. Read on to learn about our new favorite mealtime accessory: glass straws from Glass Dharma.

I loved straws when I was growing up, and I shudder to think of how many I have used in my lifetime. But now that I live sustainably, we have banished straws from our abode. We turned to Glass Dharma knowing that their durable glass straws, which are handmade in the USA, would last forever and be backed by a lifetime guarantee. Kids love drinking through straws, and Miss O and Mr. A adore their Glass Dharma straws, which come in a variety of shapes and sizes (some are bent at an angle, some are wide, some are narrow, short, long etc.) to suit a bevy of varying beverages from iced tea to smoothies. Some straws even boast decorative dots that make it easy for little fingers to grip and sip, and they're also great for color-coding drinks served at a party.

I would highly recommend purchasing at least enough Glass Dharma straws for every member of your family so you can stop contributing to the needless waste generated by their plastic counterparts. It's such a small step to take, that would make such an enormous impact. (Just think of all the straws fast food restaurants are doling out daily too -- unreal.)

In case you're wondering about lead content (like I always do), rest assured with that knowledge that Glass Dharma glass straws are lead-free. Here's more info about the glass used to make Glass Dharma straws, from their website:

"Borosilicate glass is a type of glass with the main ingredients of silica and boron oxide. Borosilicate glass is most well known for having very low thermal expansion, making it resistant to thermal shock, more so than any other common glass. It is also non-porous and Hypo-allergenic. Borosilicate glass was first developed by German glassmaker Otto Schott in the late 19th century.  Borosilicate glass is often used for high-quality beverage glassware and kitchenware (a popular brand name is Pyrex®). Borosilicate glassware has increased durability and has microwave and dishwasher compatibility. It contains no lead." 

Purchase your straws here.

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