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02/28/2017 01:48 PM

GlassDharma's 10 Year Anniversary!

Celebrating GlassDharma's 10 Year Anniversary & the Birth of the Glass Straw Industry!

Wow! 10 years! It is not very often that someone can say they created a whole new industry but look what happened! We started GlassDharma 10 years ago, put up the first website for glass drinking straws and now there is a whole industry of glass drinking straws being made all over the world! GlassDharma has actually shipped straws to over 60 countries! We are proud of what has evolved and very grateful to all of our loyal customers both retail and wholesale. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are even grateful to our competitors who took our lead and decided that they also wanted to make a difference by providing a sustainable product that would help to replace single-use plastic straws! For every glass straw that is purchased, 1000's of plastic straws are kept from our landfills and oceans.

Some Glass Straw History 
1940s & 50s Glass Swizzle Straws
Did we really make the very first glass drinking straw? No, there were actually glass straws used in the medical field as far back as the early 1900's. Here is a picture of very fragile antique straws from around the 1950's. There was a movie made in the 1940's with Humphrey Bogart called Dark Passage where he plays an escaped convict who has plastic surgery on his face. There is a scene where he uses a glass straw to drink while his face is all bandaged. These straws were most likely made from soda lime glass and were not very durable.

How Did We Get Started?
We are often asked how did we get the idea for glass straws. We credit our beginnings to Living Light Culinary Institute who approached Pacific Glassworks (formerly MacNeil Glass) in Fort Bragg, CA to make glass drinking straws for their students to have a reusable and sustainable straw. David Leonhardt, a long time glassblower and new to Fort Bragg, was asked by Terry Anderson, the owner of Pacific Glassworks to "be the show" on Saturdays. He noticed the glass straws and immediately saw a use for them to replace plastic straws and help cut back the plastic pollution caused by single-use plastics. Terry gave her blessings on David taking glass straws out into the world and GlassDharma was born!

Lifetime Guarantee for Breakage
In addition to starting a whole new industry, GlassDharma is very proud of creating the lifetime guarantee - if your straw breaks, for any reason, you can have it replaced for free (not including shipping). How unusual is that? We started this because most people assumed that if they had a glass straw, they would just break it immediately. We wanted people to see how durable our straws really are. We often say that they are made out of borosilicate glass, the strongest that is commercially available - the same as vintage Pyrex®. Yes, if you drop them on tile, they will probably break. We have noticed that some people choose not to take advantage of our guarantee when they know that any glass would have broken in certain circumstances - we leave it up to you! We are always delighted when someone makes additional purchases with their replacement straw! Apparently, this is such a good idea, a number of other glass straw makers have subsequently also offered some kind of guarantee.

Plastic-free Packaging 
Packaging is another area where GlassDharma has excelled! We have made great efforts and expense to develop packaging with no plastic but still protective. Both our Online packaging for website sales and our Brick & Mortar packaging are free of any plastic, made from recycled corrugated cardboard and chipboard. Our hemp sleeves and Family Pack Carriers are in 100% compostable cellophane sleeves. When orders come in that request no plastic in the packaging or shipping materials, we say, "Of course!"

Highest Quality, Satisfaction Guarantee and Excellent Customer Service
We truly do want our customers to be delighted with their GlassDharma straws and have very liberal policies. We treat you how we would want to be treated and often go even a bit farther. We hear from our customers daily on how impressed they are and how much they love our straws! Even when we make a mistake, we often hear how much people appreciate our customer service!

Why Dharma?
This is a Sanskrit word that has a various meanings. In our case we are using "right way of living" or "path of rightness" which also relates to higher purpose. We feel that taking care of our bodies and the planet is the right way to live and we offer GlassDharma straws with this purpose as well as serving as an educational tool to build awareness of alternatives to single-use plastics.

So what are we doing to celebrate our 10 
year anniversary? 

* Starting on March 1, 2017, for the whole month, we are reducing all straw pricing 25% for both website sales and wholesale purchases!

* We are also offering weekly giveaways, which will include products from various partners as well as some GlassDharma gift certificates.



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09/29/2016 02:55 PM

Free Glass Straw from GlassDharma




Read below to find out how to receive a FREE Glass Straw!

GlassDharma is the maker of the original glass drinking straw. Ten years ago we introduced highest quality borosilicate glass drinking straws to the world as an alternative to single use plastics and as a conversation starter about sustainable lifestyles. Since then, we have prevented hundreds of thousands of plastic straws from entering waste streams worldwide and contributed to countless hours of peer-to-peer conversations about disposables, reusables and ways to make a difference. 

Participating in the #1LessStraw campaign is an easy way to join us in making a difference & besides, you can receive a FREE GlassDharma straw!*



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We are excited to join forces with Olivia and Carter Ries, the founders of ONEMOREGeneration.org, and to promote their OneLessStraw pledge campaign. This campaign is asking individuals, schools and businesses to join them in taking a pledge to not use or accept plastic straws for the month of October. 

The OneLessStraw campaign strives to educate the public about the dangers of single use plastic straws and how they affect our health, our environment, and our oceans.

Join us and help keep plastic drinking straws out of our landfills, our streams, our oceans, and off our beaches. 

* Take the OneLessStraw Pledge. 

* Encourage your favorite business or school to take the pledge and to only provide plastic straws on request. Also ask for them to use biodegradable or reusable options. 

* Become a Sponsor of the OneLessStraw pledge campaign.

Go to OneLessStraw.org to download and submit a pledge form, get more information and get involved!

As an environmental mission-driven company, it is our honor to partner with and support the OneLessStraw pledge campaign.  We truly hope you join our effort and take the pledge! 

*Here are the guidelines for receiving a FREE glass straw:
1.) Take the OneLessStraw Pledge
2.) Spend $20 or more at GlassDharma.com
3.) Tell us you took the pledge and request your free straw(s) in the order's comment section at checkout

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06/28/2016 03:49 PM

Mid Summer Sip Glass Straw Photo Contest

Mid Summer Sip

Join the fun - win some glass straws!
(via electronic gift certificate)

GlassDharma's 4th annual Mid Summer Sip Photo Contest is underway and runs through July 22nd.

$100.00 gift code grand prize and two $50.00 gift code prizes will be awarded to winners by email. Winners will be contacted via social media for their email contact information.

Our Judging panel will be made up of GlassDharma staff members.

To enter this contest, simply post your glass straw photos on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with hashtags:

#glassdharma and #midsummersip16

The photos that GlassDharma reposts, retweets, and shares, will automatically be the pool of contestants for the judging to begin.

Winners will be announced in the August Newsletter so make sure sign up here!

Water with Mint garnish and a
Simple Elegance GlassDharma glass straw!

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03/01/2016 11:41 AM

Earth Day 2016: 500 GlassDharma Glass Straw Giveaway!

(Ft. Bragg, CA) - March 1, 2016 – 
How many of us have ordered a drink or glass of water at a restaurant, bar or cafe and noticed how often a single-use plastic straw is automatically placed in our glass? How many of us have ordered a drink and said “no straw please” only to then receive one when your drink was brought out? How many of us have brought our own reusable GlassDharma straw, shown it to the server or barista and then STILL received a plastic one with your drink? ...TOO MANY!

Consumer demand and feedback is a powerful mechanism for influencing company decisions. In honor of Earth Day 2016, we are giving away 1 free straw to each of the first 500 people who write letters to restaurants and restaurant suppliers regarding their plastic straw policies. We will also offer a $100 gift certificate for 2 grand prize winners! *International participants see below.
There are multiple campaigns going on around the world urging restaurants and entire municipalities to adopt "ask first" straw policies and to source plastic straw alternatives. More restaurants, cafes and bars are coming on-board every day, thanks to the inspired and forward-thinking advocacy of people like you! Some cities are even working on initiatives to ban single-use plastic straws altogether! Our last letter-writing campaign had over 600 letters submitted to restaurants worldwide!

You are invited to participate in the GlassDharma Glass Straw Giveaway for Earth Day 2016!

To enter, simply choose a restaurant or restaurant supplier and write a letter to the managers/owners suggesting they take responsibility for the growing amounts of single use straw trash that is clogging waterways, choking wildlife and littering our entire Planet. The letter is intended to spur thought and contain helpful suggestions of how they can be leaders in the changes that will heal our Earth’s trash problems. Keep in mind there are many people that do not even give a thought to where plastic straws might go to once they are “thrown away” or just how many accumulate over time!

Here are the steps to take to receive your free GlassDharma Earth Day Straw and how to qualify for the 2 Grand Prizes

1) Write and send at least 1 letter to a restaurant or restaurant supplier
-- 1st 500 people receive a free Earth Day Straw (*offer for US only - includes free shipping)
-- Each letter gives you 1 entry into the drawing for a $100 gift certificate (unlimited entries per person) This can include international.
-- We will also will award a separate $100 gift certificate to the person who sent the most letters! This can include international.
2) Copy your letter (or 1 version) into an email and send to earthdayglassdharma@gmail.com. Please include the contact info of ...

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02/27/2016 01:07 PM

The History of Free Glass Straws for Earth Day

GlassDharma - The Mission

Forty years ago, the first Earth Day started a revolution of change. Each Earth Day we focus on ideas of Earth Care and how our choices can change and affect the world we live in. Each of us make decisions every day about how our routine practices will affect our planet, a place we will one day leave behind.

Eight years ago, David Leonhardt, founder of GlassDharma decided the best way to get the new idea of reusable straws noticed, was to give them away.  Soon after the GlassDharma company website went live, he began getting the word out that he would give away glass straws for Earth Day.  The word got around and hundreds of people got a free glass straw once they emailed their shipping information to GlassDharma.  Every year since, GlassDharma celebrates Earth day by giving away free glass straws!

“Earth Day is about awareness and about focusing thoughts on something that is important to us.” says Gail Johnson, co-owner of GlassDharma. She continues, “I believe Earth day and the many related activities have made a huge difference in our awareness of our Planet’s needs and how we can best work and play in synergy and with gratitude. People really want to change their ways but often get overwhelmed. We are hungry for small things we can do occasionally… and then more consistently, to help ourselves and our Planet Earth.”

GlassDharma Free Glass Straws for Earth Day Timeline

2008 - David announced he would give away free glass straws for Earth Day on the GlassDharma website.  Hundreds of simple elegance straws were shipping out of Fort Bragg, CA to various locations in the USA.  To this day, many of GlassDharma's customers have emailed saying that this is how they found out that glass straws existed and continue to buy them for gifts for others.  This was the first "unofficial" Earth Day giveaway.

2009 - David Leonhardt gave away over 500 "Simple Elegance" Glass Straws through the GlassDharma.com website. The giveaway quickly became popular and brought together a huge gathering of people that were willing to share their ideas through emails. The common goal of EarthCare became present throughout their communications.

2010 - Earth Day 2010, David Leonhardt and his wife, Gail Johnson approached Café Gratitude with the idea to co-brand 1000 Glass Straws to give away at their locations. The successful Earth Day project brought together ideas and philosophies of Food and Gratitude linking to a desire for Planet Care.  Over 1000 straws were given out to customers who visited Cafe Gratitude at different locations.

2011 - GlassDharma gave free glass straws to participants that wrote letters to their favorite restaurants asking them to consider alternatives to plastic straws ar at least to ask the patron before automatically serving beverages with straws in them.  600 letters were written!

2012 - GlassDharma gave Free Glass Straws to participants of an essay contest! . Suggested content was to encourage participants to declare how their glass straws relate to a better world, the Environment, Elegant table-ware, made in USAand/or Personal Joy.

2013 - Pledging PlanetCare was the theme on this Free Glass Straws for Earth Day giveaway and 1300 packages were sent out with contents of a glass straw for GlassDharma a discount coupons form various eco manufacturers that partnered with GlassDharma for this event.  GlassDharma continued the project with additional coupons that were emailed to more participants through Earth Day.

2014 -  This TriviaProject, themed Plastic is Drastic produced 1,000 participants in our Earth Day project in under 48 hours, GlassDharma kept the site live to encourage more participants for the chance to receive a $6.00 coupon code for the value of the Earth Day Straw.  There were over 2,800 entries, which includes the 1,000 free straws shipped, in addition to more than 1,800 coupon codes awarded.

2015 - Participants are asked to view a video and answer some multiple choice questions under the guidance of GlassDharma's own animated "Sipper Hero", the GlassDharma Dude. Participants completed a 3 step process to get a $10.00 coupon to use towards our Earth Day straw and shipping. Over 5,000 participants in just 5 days exploded expectations for this video viewing and questions series event! 

About The Earth Day Straw!

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The creation of the Earth Day Straw has a two fold purpose, allowing GlassDharma's footprint to lessen at the same time as yours. There is always extra glass when straws are cut; some of this glass is very small in size, and often gets reused by local friends of GlassDharma for crafts and gardening purposes. Other cuts are just shy of being part of the "Shorty" size line, but are just as useful for mugs, short glasses, and stemware; these are our Earth Day Straws! We say they are 5" but this is our one straw that has a +/- variance of ¼" since they are the end of the glass tubing.

The Earth Day Straws are made with the same high quality borosilicate glass using the same specific annealing formula exclusive to GlassDharma straws. Their durability is comparable to all of our other straws and they come with the same Lifetime Guarantee against breakage.

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10/28/2015 10:09 AM

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

The 2nd Annual GlassDharma Holiday Gift Guide is here!

Gifts for all ages from ($6.99 - $58.00)

This Holiday Season, use your purchasing power while choosing gifts for friends and family.  Gifting with sustainability in mind will go a long way toward planet care. What you buy and how you present your gift deserves careful thought.
 
This gift guide is published to inspire you to find that perfect gift that will be loved and useful.  Please do not forget to refer to our last year's Gift Guide that has many more good choices to consider. 

The new Bamboo Straw Lid for wide mouth or small mouth Mason Jars. Now available on the New Stuff page at GlassDharma.com ($17.00) 
These straw lids created by The Mason Bar Company have durability in mind with some special care in cleaning (no dishwasher).  A light rubbing of food grade oil will keep these lids like brand new. Sustainable, non-toxic, and reusable are the key factors of why you will want these lids.  Not to mention their beauty!  You can buy all of the lids including the storage lids (no straw hole) at The MasonBar Company.
 


Naughty or nice?  Yes!  A Lump of Charcoal as a Gift! (Various Kishu Charcoal Filterfor pitchers ($15.49)
sizes available) but our most used is the
These plastic free filters will have your tap water tasting clean as it absorbs impurities immediately upon dropping it into your pitcher of water while also imparting healthy minerals like calcium and magnesium. These give your water a delicious, clean taste. Once you have used it for 3 months, you can recharge it by boiling it for 5 minutes and it will last for another 3 months, totaling 6 months!  After you have used it for the 6 months, do not throw it away.  Use it as a deodorizer in pantries, closets and your shoes!

 Baby its Cold Outside! This Eco Insulator™ is the perfect jar jacket for your jars used for drink ware is available at Mason Monster. ($6.99 - $7.99)
These quality crafted 3MM EcoLite  Neoprene covers will keep your drinks hot (or cold) and your glass jar padded as you travel about,  The covers are offered in two sizes – pint and quart. The insulators are all reversible, giving the purchaser two-color combos within one product with 20 color different color choices!
 



Find this beautiful Olivewood Ladle at World Market($14.99)
Every kitchen needs this beautiful and sustainable ladle for soups and beverages, this ladle is easy on the finish of your pots and does not scrape like metal utensils will. The natural grain of Olivewood makes this beautifully constructed ladle a work of art to display in your kitchen between uses. 

The gift of quality dish covers! Find these Reusable Russian Linen and Organic Cotton Dish Covers at Quitokeeto ($58.00)
This set of three covers comes in a linen bag and will fit pie plate size bowls on down to a smaller salad size bowl.  The same designer makes these quality made covers as GlassDharma family packs straw carriers! This gift will replace the need for plastic wrap for food storage while introducing quality, reusable choices to how you store your food.

 
KeepCup is the first barista standard reusable coffee cup to keep your coffee with you and say no plastic and paper cups!  These glass Keepcups are ($22.00 - $28.00)
They are offered in various styles and sizes.  The entire KeepCup reusable cup line includes glass and a glass and cork model that is our favorite. The drawback to this cup is that unlike other designs by KeepCup, the cork requires a careful hand wash vs. using a dishwasher.  Quality design makes these cups easy to transport with a swing top lid that plugs the sippy hole.  Our coffee straws and sipper straws will fit in these sippy holes.  The 8mm lid straw is a bit snug and may stretch the opening slightly.

 
ECOlunchbox recently launched a beautifully designed ocean collection of stainless steel and silicone lunch containers called the Seal Cup™ Trio ($29.99)
These leak proof food containers will stand up to the test of time in performance and durability.  Designed to be Ocean friendly, (just think of all that plastic that will never make it's way into the gyres) this collection is offered in ocean colors as part of the blue water bento collection (see the Splash Box on our last years holiday gift guide)
The Seal Cup Trio containers are offered in large, medium and small containers and will hold a total of 40 ounces (5 cups) of food contents and are great for picnics and outings as well as to pack your daily lunch.

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