GlassDharma: I’ve been a lampworker (glassblower) for over 10 years. My wife, Gail & I recently moved from the Sacramento, CA area, to our dream of living on the Mendocino Coast. I started doing some work for a local glass shop in town and noticed that the owner had glass drinking straws for sale. I had never heard of these before and I am always intrigued by something made out of glass that I hadn’t thought of. I was struck by the unique elegance in such a simple item. I immediately recognized that here was a partial solution to our “plastics problem”. Now, granted, there are a lot more plastics in our world than just drinking straws, but bear with me a minute and let me put things in perspective … As of March 2008, McDonald’s serves an average of 52 million meals PER DAY! (Per their website) How many of those served do you think were given a plastic straw? I hope it is becoming obvious just how big of a problem these pesky little plastic straws can be. Remember, this is just from McDonalds!!
These were really exciting to get. I actually forgot I was. Everything in this set is made with strong quality glass blowing. They are thick and very durable. I use these on everything from water to smoothies. They came with a cleaning tool as you see in the picture. The tool wont make it to the middle but great for edges and half way in. My favorite one is the big bended one. I like the Hemp sleeve for a straw that is helpful when your on the go and out eating fast food or at a restaurant. Just don’t forget to grab it, its something you got to get into the habit of, if you use outdoors. They was great and don’t stain. I stuck one in the dishwasher in a safe spot, and it did fine. I wouldn’t recommend it though, I just like to put products to the test! The company is super nice and sends it quick and well wrapped up! Hurry over and help save the planet by eliminating plastic straws at the dump!