gd-logoCompany Bio: 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.

Product Details: Colored dots add both fun and functionality. Used to color code your drinks (or just plain decorate your place setting), they also keep your straw from rolling off of the table or counter. Available in all 4 diameters. Set of 4 includes 1 straw of each color (red, green, blue & amber) plus a cleaning brush.

MSRP: $40 to $48 per set of four; $60 to $72 per set of six

Personal Experience: It has been over a year since I first reviewed GlassDharma straws and all of them are still going strong. They have survived several parties, summer barbecues, family dinners, unexpected guests, jumbo milkshakes, and a boy growing from three into four. We love them so much that I knew they had to be a part of this year’s gift guide! I looked forward to ttheopportunity to delve deeper into an exploration of my personal favorite, the Decorative Dots design. I received the set of four Ice Tea sized straws (9.5mm x 9″). The dots are in Red, Green, Blue, and Amber.

The straws still surprise me with their durability. I was afraid that glass straws would be too fragile for everyday family use, but I have been proven wrong. Even at just four years old, I feel comfortable letting my son use one… and he has yet to damage his “special straw.”

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I have now been using the glass straws for so long that I no longer notice the “difference in the sensation” that I mentioned in my original review. It’s now plastic straws that feel strange to me. Who ever thought drinking from plastic was a good idea?! Drinking through glass gives a much cleaner and crisper taste to your beverages. I’d swear the cold drinks stay colder! This 9.5 mm size suits me perfectly. It’s a great general-purpose size for everyday use and for most situations.

The differently-colored dots make these fantastic for group settings. It’s a beautiful way to keep track of which drink belongs to which person. These come in a smaller sipper size too, which would work well for cocktails. They also work well in a family setting, because each person can have their own favorite straw. 🙂 In our family, Daddy’s is blue, Mommy’s is red, Xander’s is green, and Nana gets to use the amber one when she visits.

Having used GlassDharma straws for a year now and being just as impressed… if not even more so… with the Decorative Dots line, I had to bring my rating from last year up a star. GlassDharma deserves a solid five stars. The price, which was the main reason for my dropped star last year, has not changed, but my appreciation for the value of the straws has.

Pros: Made of strong borosilicate tubing (think Pyrex®), which is microwave and dishwasher safe. Available in a variety of sizes and styles to suit your everyday and special occasion needs. Can be purchased individually or in packages. Helps reduce the use of plastics.

Cons: Obviously, there is a potential for chipping or breakage, but it very unlikely to break under normal use. If it does break or chip, GlassDharma will repair or replace the straw. The price is a bit high for up-front costs, but if you frequently use straws you will recover that cost in little time.

Overall Rating

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