Monday, December 6, 2010

GlassDharma Review and Giveaway


When someone first brought up the idea of using glass straws instead of regular plastic straws I will admit I wasn't sold.  Obviously I'd use it mostly while eating out which means it would be in my purse, but how do you keep it from breaking?  And once you use it, how do you keep it clean?  The whole idea seemed a little ridiculous to me.  But I really do need to learn that in this journey to being green you should never turn your nose up at anything!  I finally decided to give glass straws a try and recently received my GlassDharma Glass Straws. I am officially hooked.

First, let's answer my own questions- how do you carry these straws around without breaking them?  The moment I actually saw a GlassDharma glass straw and held it in my hand this question suddenly seemed so silly!  They are not made from weak, fragile glass.  These straws are strong and durable.  They also come in a small box that makes transporting them in a purse or bag extremely easy, safe, and convenient.  The second concern I had was their cleanliness.  Again, once I learned more about glass straws this concern was such a non-issue.  GlassDharma glass straws are dishwasher safe and they can also be easily cleaned with a stainless steel cleaning brush with medical grade nylon bristles (available as an accessory on the website for just $5 and also a brush is included in most of the "straw sets"!).  But mostly I find that running them through really hot soapy water is enough to clean the straws well enough between use and then running them through a dishwasher once a week ensures no built-up bacteria!

So if those were your concerns when it comes to using glass straws- stop worrying!  These are not issues at all and I think you find that using glass straws can actually be enjoyable.  I have four GlassDharma straws now and find myself using them all of the time, even at times when I normally would not use a straw like when drinking out of my glasses at home.  When I have guests over I like to serve them drinks with a GlassDharma glass straw and see their reactions, which so far have been nothing but positive!

My current straw line-up:

Beautiful Bends 9.5mm x 9" ($8.50): This is my go-to straw when at home since the bend allows the straw to rest nicely against a tall or short glass without tipping the glass over.  It also has the perfect width for my preferences.

Simple Elegance 12mm x 9" ($8.50): This is my guest straw because, to me, it's a bit too wide at 12mm.  I much prefer the 9.5mm width personally.  Though if you like wider straws this one would be great to carry around with you as it will reach down nicely into a fast food drinking glass!  Get the extra long Simple Elegance straws (10") if you like ordering larger sized drinks!

Decorative Dots 7mm x 6.25" in Red ($8.00): This would be the straw I would recommend for a kid.  It's short so fits well in smaller plastic cups and kid's sized fast food cups.  The decorative dots are fun and add just a little bit more to the glass straws that keep kids interested.  With this straw, since it's so narrow at only 7mm I highly recommend you pick up a Cleaning Brush for it because it can be a bit more difficult to clean.

Decorative Dots 9.5mm x 9" in Blue ($9.00): My personal favorite straw and the one that is currently in my purse and ready to go!  I love the 9.5mm width, the colorful dots add a bit of fun to it, the length is great at 9" for the size of my re-usable cup I use when I eat out, and I find it to be extremely easy to clean when on the go even though I don't have a cleaning brush with it.  I plan on picking up more of these soon to keep on hand for when I have a dinner party and several guests over at once!

So why am I including this in my Green Holiday Gift Guide?  Well these straws make the BEST eco-friendly stocking stuffer- both for kids and adults!  They are sustainable, reusable, and perfect for both hot and cold drinks!  The price is right considering how much use you can get out of GlassDharma glass straws and you can get the Decorative Dots variety and personalize the color for each person on your list!

What I Love: I love how GlassDharma glass straws instantaneously sold this critic on glass straws!  I love using them!  They are easy to carry around, easy to use, and easy to clean.  Top that off with their eco-friendliness and afford-ability and you have a product I absolutely love!

What I Don't Love:  There's nothing that I don't love, though having more fun designs might be nice, especially when buying these straws as a gift for children.


BUY IT

Sold yet?  If so, head on over to GlassDharma today and pick up some reusable glass straws of your very own!  Prices range from $6.50-12.00 with most of the straws being in the $7.50-9.00 range.  Straw Sets of 4-6 glass straws run from $28.00-69.00 (depending on type, length, and width) and come with a cleaning brush!

Want some accessories for your glass straws?  Pick up some cleaning brushes for $5.00, Hemp Soft Sleeves for $12.00-15.00, and Bamboo Hard Cases for just $14.00-20.00 in the GlassDharma Accessories section!

GlassDharma products are also available in some Brick and Mortar stores as well as in several Online Stores!


WIN IT

GlassDharma is offering one lucky winner a $25.00 gift card to purchase some glass straws of your very own!

Mandatory Entry: You must do this for all other entries to count and to be entered in this giveaway! Head on over to GlassDharma and tell me which straws, sets, or accessories you would buy with your $25 gift certificate. Also you must be a public Google Friend Connect Follower of my blog to enter this giveaway. The widget to follow my blog is in the right sidebar.

Don't forget to leave an e-mail address so I know where to contact you if you win! You only need to post your e-mail on one entry.

Extra Entries: Please write a new comment for each additional entry. If something is worth 2 entries, be sure to leave two comments. For example: "I follow you #1" and "I follow you #2" should be two different comments.

-Like GlassDharma on Facebook (worth 2 entries)

-Follow GlassDharma on Twitter (worth 2 entries)

-Follow the GlassDharma Blog publicly via Google Friend Connect (worth 2 entries)

-Make a GlassDharma purchase of any size during the course of this giveaway (worth 10 entries, I will confirm the purchase if you win so keep your confirmation email!)

-Tell me who you'd like to give GlassDharma Glass Straws to this Holiday Season if you happen to be the winner!

-Network with me. There are four ways to do this- Twitter, Facebook, RSS, and email subscription. Buttons and links are on the left sidebar. (worth 1 entry per method, up to 4 entries total)

-Tweet about this giveaway. You can use this Tweet or write your own: Win a $25 Gift Certificate to buy glass straws with @GlassDharma and @EFandFrugal! Ends 12/17  http://bit.ly/gK3Y7n #giveaway #green #gift (2 Tweets per DAY-at least 2 hours apart- 1 Entry per Tweet)

-Add my button to your blog's sidebar and comment with a link to your blog (worth 3 entries)

-Vote for me on Top Mommy Bloggers. Voting button is on the left sidebar or just click the link (worth 3 entries)

-Enter another active giveaway (links in the right sidebar)


This giveaway is open to my readers who are 18 year of age or older with a US mailing address and will end on December 17th, 2010 at 10PM Mountain Time. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. Good luck, everyone!


Fine print...
GlassDharma provided me with free products for the purpose of this review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid to write this review.

148 comments:

Mrs. M said...

I follow your blog and I would get a few of the Simple Elegance Extra Long drinking straws.

tonymooresmom @ yahoo dot com

ColleenMarie82 said...

I follow

I like the Set of 4 Simple Elegance 8" & 9" drinking straws with cleaning brush

inman@Mobap.edu

ColleenMarie82 said...

LIKE GlassDharma on facebook

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ColleenMarie82 said...

LIKE GlassDharma on facebook

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ColleenMarie82 said...

following GlassDharma on twitter as Halleelujahmom

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ColleenMarie82 said...

following GlassDharma on twitter as Halleelujahmom

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ColleenMarie82 said...

I would give these straws to my sister

inman@mobap.edu

ColleenMarie82 said...

I follow you on twitter as Halleelujahmom

ColleenMarie82 said...

LIKE you on facebook

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ColleenMarie82 said...

I subscribe via e-mail

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ColleenMarie82 said...

I follow on Twitter and Tweeted

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ColleenMarie82 said...

I voted on TMB #1

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ColleenMarie82 said...

I voted on TMB #2

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ColleenMarie82 said...

I voted on TMB #3

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ColleenMarie82 said...

I entered the Zuvo giveaway

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bitt said...

I would like the bamboo case since sometimes I use my straws on the go.

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bitt said...

I follow glass dharma on twitter @cherrycobbler

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bitt said...

I like glass dharma on facebook

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bitt said...

followin the glass dharma's blog on GFC

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bitt said...

I follow glass dharma on twitter @cherrycobbler

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bitt said...

I like glass dharma on facebook

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bitt said...

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bitt said...

I'd give the gift to my sister's husband who loves smoothies!

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jennifer57 said...

I would get a cleaning brush and a beautiful bends straw

jennifer57 said...

-Like GlassDharma on Facebook

jennifer57 said...

-Like GlassDharma on Facebook 2

jennifer57 said...

-Follow GlassDharma on Twitter
@jennifer57

jennifer57 said...

-Follow GlassDharma on Twitter 2
@jennifer57

jennifer57 said...

Follow the GlassDharma Blog publicly via Google Friend Connect

jennifer57 said...

Follow the GlassDharma Blog publicly via Google Friend Connect 2

ColleenMarie82 said...

daily tweet

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ColleenMarie82 said...

I entered the Devilishly Delicious Dips giveaway

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Joyful Noise said...

I would get the Decorative Dots straws...thanks for the chance to win...

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Joyful Noise said...

I would give these straws to my SIL..thanks.

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Joyful Noise said...

I entered the Gourmet Gift basket giveaway...thanks.

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Lauren said...

I would liketo have the decorative dot straws in blue!!

lulumsu@yahoo.com

Lauren said...

like glassdharma on twitter @lulumsu33

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Lauren said...

follow glassdharma on fb(laurenwarrenbrown)

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Lauren said...

Sorry but I would not be giving these to anyone if I won them, lol they are for me:) I am obsessed with using straws!!

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Lauren said...

follow you on twitter @lulumsu33

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Lauren said...

like you on fb(laurenwarrenbrown)


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Lauren said...

email subscriber

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Lauren said...

follow glassdharma on twitter @Lulumsu33 #2

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Lauren said...

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Lauren said...

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Lauren said...

voted on top mommy bloggers #1

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voted on top mommy bloggers #2

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voted on top mommy bloggers #3

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ColleenMarie82 said...

daily tweet

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ColleenMarie82 said...

entered the Planet Wise giveaway

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Lauren said...

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Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife said...

I would use the GC to by the Simple Elegance set of 4 straws w/ cleaning brush.

I'm a GFC follower!

Stefibeth @ aol.com

ColleenMarie82 said...

daily tweet

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ColleenMarie82 said...

I entered the Chicobags giveaway

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Lauren said...

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Jessica said...

I follow your blog through google friend connect. I would get the Set of 4 Simple Elegance Extra Long drinking straws
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Jessica said...

I like Glass Dharma on facebook (Jessica Miller)
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Jessica said...

I like Glass Dharma on facebook (Jessica Miller)2
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Jessica said...

I follow the GlassDharma blog publicly through google friend connect
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Jessica said...

I follow the GlassDharma blog publicly through google friend connect 2
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Jessica said...

I tweeted
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Jessica said...

I follow you on twitter (@jjak2003)
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Jessica said...

I like your blog on facebook (Jessica Miller)
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Jessica said...

I subscribe to your blog via e-mail
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Monica said...

follow you on google and if I won, I'd get 2 14mm dot straws
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Monica said...

also entered the zuvo giveaway
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ColleenMarie82 said...

daily tweet

http://twitter.com/HalleelujahMom/status/13288371312918529

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ColleenMarie82 said...

i entered the eatsmart giveaway

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swoodsonshoeclips said...

I'd buy a few beautiful bends and then a cleaning tool! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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Id give them to my sister! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Crunchy Beach Mama said...

I follow. I would buy the straw decorative set :)

Crunchy Beach Mama said...

Like Glass Dharma on FB - courtney swanwick heath

Crunchy Beach Mama said...

FB #2

Crunchy Beach Mama said...

Follow Glass Dharma on Twitter - crunchybchmama

Crunchy Beach Mama said...

Twitter #2

Crunchy Beach Mama said...

I'd give a glass straw to my brother who is very eco-friendly and would love it.

Crunchy Beach Mama said...

Follow you on Twitter

Crunchy Beach Mama said...

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Crunchy Beach Mama said...

Follow you on FB

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Get your emails

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Button #2

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Button #3

Crunchy Beach Mama said...

Entered Gourmet Gift Baskets

Crunchy Beach Mama said...

Entered Gourmet Gift Baskets

ColleenMarie82 said...

daily tweet

http://twitter.com/HalleelujahMom/status/14053619108155392

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JKMommy said...

GFC follower & Love the Decorative Dots set! (I love sets! I wouldn't be able to get just one!)
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JKMommy said...

Follow Dharma on Twitter @ayearwithmomdad
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Follow Dharma on Twitter 2
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JKMommy said...

Dharma on FB1
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JKMommy said...

Dharma on FB 2
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JKMommy said...

I want to give the Dharma Glass Straws to MYSELF... but ah I'll be more giving and give them to my sister! :)
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JKMommy said...

Follow you on Twitter @ayearwithmomdad
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JKMommy said...

Follow you on FB
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JKMommy said...

Entered your Zuvo giveaway
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JKMommy said...

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Laureen said...

I would purchase the 9.5mm BEAUTIFUL BENDS - Set of 4 with cleaning brush if I were to win the GC.

I follow you publicly on Google Friend Connect.
(Laureen M-H)

Thanks for the chance to win!

Lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

Laureen said...

I Like GlassDharma on Facebook. (Laureen M-H) #1

Laureen said...

I Like GlassDharma on Facebook. (Laureen M-H) #2

Laureen said...

I Follow GlassDharma on Twitter (MamandeEDS). #1

Laureen said...

I Follow GlassDharma on Twitter (MamandeEDS). #2

Laureen said...

I follow the GlassDharma Blog publicly via Google Friend Connect (Laureen M-H). #1

Laureen said...

I follow the GlassDharma Blog publicly via Google Friend Connect (Laureen M-H). #2

Laureen said...

I would give GlassDharma Glass Straws to my three young daughters if I happen to win. This would round-out their eco-friendly, waste-free homemade lunches. Thanks!

Laureen said...

I follow you on Twitter (MamandeEDS).

Laureen said...

'm an email subscriber.

Laureen said...

I like you on Facebook. (Laureen M-H)

Laureen said...

I'm an RSS subscriber.

Laureen said...

I voted for you on Top Mommy Bloggers. #1

Laureen said...

I voted for you on Top Mommy Bloggers. #2

Laureen said...

I voted for you on Top Mommy Bloggers. #3

Laureen said...

I entered the Zuvo Water Filtration giveaway.

Laureen said...

tweet
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ColleenMarie82 said...

daily tweet

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Laureen said...

tweet
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ColleenMarie82 said...

daily tweet

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Laureen said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/status/14863459774631936

pickledseeds said...

I would buy the Simple Elegance 9.5mm x 6.25 straws.

ColleenMarie82 said...

daily tweet

http://twitter.com/HalleelujahMom/status/15106333338509313

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Laureen said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/status/15242722734505984

Laureen said...

I entered the Devilishly Delicious Dips giveaway. #1

Laureen said...

I entered the Devilishly Delicious Dips giveaway. #2

Laureen said...

I entered the Devilishly Delicious Dips giveaway. #3

Laureen said...

I entered the ChicoBag giveaway.

Laureen said...

I entered the Teatulia Tea giveaway.

Laureen said...

I entered the EatSmart Food Scale giveaway.

Laureen said...

I entered the Eden Fantasys giveaway.

Laureen said...

I entered the Tropical Traditions Book giveaway.

Laureen said...

I entered the Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag giveaway.

Laureen said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/status/15279503924269056

Lauren said...

http://twitter.com/lulumsu33/status/15468076057239552

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Aisling said...

I follow publicly with GFC and I'd get the 9.5mm x 9 " DECORATIVE DOTS - SET of 4 with cleaning brush. mcgillrmcgill(at)charter(dot)net

Aisling said...

I'd give the GlassDharma Glass Straws to my granddaughter who's getting married in the Spring.

Laureen said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/status/15613793417564160

Laureen said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/status/15643844842360833

melanie said...

I would love the Set of 4 Simple Elegance 8" & 9" drinking straws with cleaning brush. melaniecalcut@gmail.com

melanie said...

Melanie Calcut likes Glass Dharma on FB entry 1 of 2. melaniecalcut@gmail.com

melanie said...

Melanie Calcut likes Glass Dharma on FB entry 2 of 2. melaniecalcut@gmail.com

melanie said...

Melanie Calcut is a GFC follower. Entry 1 of 2 melaniecalcut@gmail.com

melanie said...

Melanie Calcut is a GFC follower. Entry 2 of 2 melaniecalcut@gmail.com

melanie said...

@mcalcut Follows GlassDharma on Twitter. Entry 1 of 2 melaniecalcut@gmail.com

melanie said...

@mcalcut Follows GlassDharma on Twitter. Entry 2 of 2 melaniecalcut@gmail.com

Laureen said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/status/15975576770715648

Rajee said...

follow your blog and I would get a few of the Simple Elegance Extra Long drinking straws.

rjee@momsfocusonline.com

Rajee said...

Follow GlassDharma on Twitter (worth 2 entries)

Rajee said...

Follow GlassDharma on Twitter (worth

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