Sunday, August 26, 2012

Too Cool for School Giveaway and Sponsor Spotlight: Glass Dharma

Welcome to the Too Cool For School Giveaway Hop hosted by BloggerPR! Summer has come to an end, which means it is time to send the kids back to school. Parents are scrambling to replenish their school supplies collection and get all of the requirements on those supplies lists, so BloggerPR decided to host a giveaway hop to help everyone win some of those back to school necessities!  This event will run from September 1st through 9th, which gives you plenty of time to hop down the linky list below! Each blogger is giving away prizes valued $20 or more, so you don’t want to miss out! Good luck and have a great school year!

I first learned about Glass Dharma on another blog and fell in love with the idea of glass straws immediately. Glass Dharma is changing the planet, one straw at a time! I was so excited that this company wanted to work with Mama Making Changes and they sent me 4 straws to review and keep. Here they are:

Let me tell you a little about the "what" and "why" behind Glass Dharma.

Plastic, which is often made from petroleum, releases harmful chemicals into the atmosphere when it is produced and when it is recycled. Much plastic is never recycled at all, meaning it sits in landfills, where it can take hundreds of years to decay. As it decays, most plastics leach chemicals into the ground, which contaminates ground water and soil. Some never decay because of conditions in the landfills. 

Most straws are not even recyclable! And most are made from petroleum, which is a finite resource as we all know from watching the prices at the gas pump! According to Ecocycle, Americans use an average of 1.6 straws per person per day. That adds up to more than 500 million straws per year in America alone! Nearly every one of those straws goes in the garbage!

Decorative Dots on Glass Dharma Straws

Glass Dharma has a beautiful, affordable, and eco-friendly alternative to plastic straws! Their gorgeous glass straws come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. I received four to review and I loved them all. My favorite is the bent straw! You can also choose whether you want short or long, wide or narrow. Glass Dharma also offers decorated straws, that have colorful dots, also made of glass, attached at the upper end of the straw, just so you can show off a little!  

Worried that your straws will break? Afraid to let the kids use them? All of the straws have a lifetime guarantee against breakage, so no need to worry about that! And if you want to take it with you so that you don't use plastic straws on the go, Glass Dharma sells 100% hemp bags in assorted colors that will keep your straw clean while it travels in your purse, pocket, or anywhere else!

Cleaning brushes come in two sizes.

For washing your straw, Glass Dharma sells a special cleaning brush that you can add to your order. The brush is made of stainless steel with medical grade nylon bristles, so one $5 brush will last through years of cleaning your glass straws. 

Glass Dharma also does fundraisers. What a great way to spread awareness. Talk to your organization about selling glass straws to raise money and you can educate people at the same time. Let's put a dent in that 500 million.

Happy to test the smoothie straw!
Can you sense my excitement? I am crazy about these straws! And the best part is yet to come! Glass Dharma is giving one lucky reader a $25 gift certificate to use for anything on their site! Can we say "YAY!" ? 

Check back September 1- 9 to enter the giveaway, which is part of the Too Cool For School Giveaway Hop, sponsored by Blogger PR. In the meantime, take a look at the Glass Dharma website and tell me what you think. Are you as excited as me about having a glass straw to take with you everywhere you go?

Disclaimer: I received products to keep in exchange for an honest review of the products on this site. I have not received money for this review and all of the opinions expressed are my own. 

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  1. I've been meaning to try these out! I really think the bent straws would be great for the kids :)

    1. My daughter loved that one! But she also loved the big fat smoothie straw :)

  2. I keep seeing these and meaning to buy some, and forgetting. I only use straws outside of the house, but I bet Id use these all the time!

  3. I love Glass Dharma straws...I just ordered some!! :)

  4. Oh I love these!!! I wish they had the Beautiful Bend in the Shorty because my daughter could use one of those! But I love the Smoothie and Bubble Tea straws along with the decorative dots!!! I have a feeling I am going to be purchasing a lot of straws.

  5. I love these.. I've been so wanting to try them!! I liek the ice tea beautiful bend.

  6. My wife loves the Dharma Straws. Thankyou, Ken

  7. love the decorative dots smoothie straw

  8. I like the colored dot straws, and probably smoothie size. Thanks!

  9. I like the bent straw...perfect to put in my can of diet coke!

  10. I like the smoothie straw in the beautiful bend!

  11. My favorite straw is beautiful bends ice tea size :)

  12. set of six decorative dots drinking straws with one cleaning brush

    eg kaufman

  13. I love the decorate dots drinking straws. :)

  14. I like the decorative dots straws. Thanks for the giveaway!

    -Rachael Henzman

  15. I like the bent straw!


  16. I like the decorative dots smoothie straws.


    12mm x 10 " - $8.50

    I really could use the length with the wide diameter.

    tes 1283 yahoo

  18. I like the BUBBLE TEA
    14mm x 9 straw

  19. I like the smoothie decorative dot straw

    The Happy Wife/Danielle Garcia
    Ldsmom2201 (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Twitter: The_Happy_Wife

  20. I like the decorative dots

  21. wlliam jarrell / kittey1994@yahoo.comSeptember 9, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    i would like decorative dots that were blue

  22. I love the decorative dots in tea size.. Super cool
    Lisa M
    bud lisa samson mass

  23. I make smoothies all the time! The huge smoothie straw would be awesome!

  24. I like the smoothie straws with the colored dots to keep it straight who's is who's.

    maloydeals at gmail dot com

  25. smoothie size decorative dots in blue

  26. I love the smoothie straws, and my daughter likes the beautiful bends

  27. like the decorative dots straws in smoothie length

  28. I like the BUBBLE TEA - - Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran..... emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  29. I want any of these, but I think I would like to try out the smoothie straws!

  30. I like the ICE TEA
    (4) 9.5mm x 8"

    Theresa J