If you’ve been following along with earlier FitGift Holiday Guide reviews, this title probably solidified your assumption that I hit the eggnog a little early; but alas, I have only been hydrating with water and green smoothies.
In jotting down ideas about how to explain why I am thoroughly enjoying Glass Dharma’s glass straws the first idea that popped into my head is how nicely they gleam in the light after being washed.
Thus the nursery-rhyme sounding post about the “Gleaming Gift from the Eco-Friendly Fairy” was born because when I think about these straws I imagine a picture book with eco-friendly fairy and an updated Little Bunny Foo Foo.
I have known about glass straws, and in fact, Glass Dharma for a while now because they are an eco-conscious, Northern California-based company and I do my best to be aware of these kinds of local companies, but many years ago when I moved away from plastic, I took the stainless steel straw and canteen route instead.
Glass Straws vs. Stainless Steel Straws: Cleaning
Why stainless steel instead of glass straws? I was very concerned about how long glass would last in my house with the constant movement and unintentional bumping into things.
Plus, I didn’t have to worry too much about the the state of the stainless steel straws because they were used solely for drinking water so there was nothing to stick (and stay stuck) to the insides. But oh how the times have changed – what were once water-only straws are now being used for yogurt-based drinks and green smoothies.
And down came the Eco-fairy and she said, “Little Bunny Foo Foo, I sure want to see you scooping up the stainless steel straws and setting them in the bin.”
That Eco-fairy? She’s a smart one and just like the tooth fairy she knows things about things – like the fact that California is in a drought and every drop of water we use counts.
So running water through a stainless steel straw to get the first round of stuck on stuff out, then using the small bristle brush, then running water through it again to get whatever remains? Not smart. Plus, you still don’t know if you got it all out because you don’t have x-ray vision and Superman doesn’t make house calls.
Glass Straws vs.Stainless Steel Straws: Drinking
It’s like buttah.
Well, not really, because that would be a greasy mess, but drinking from a glass straw is smooth because of the diameter of the straw and its rounded end. And, you can also drink hot or cold beverages using the glass straw.
As someone who doesn’t like super hot tea, it was nice to let the tea cool and then drink it from the straw because I knew it wouldn’t splash or hit the tip of my mouth wrong.
With a stainless steel straw, you get a smaller diameter and you’re only able to drink lukewarm or cold beverages. The stainless steel straw also sweats a little on the outside with cold drinks and doesn’t feel as natural on your lips or teeth.
GlassDharma offers a variety of glass straw sizes depending on your beverage. I was sent the shortie, the bent straw, and the smoothie straw to test.
The shortie was quickly claimed (and not returned) by one of the small humans in my home, and the bent straw found a similar fate with the bigger of the two small humans. So I am left with the smoothie straw, which is alright by me because it has made getting down the last of the bits of smoothie drudge that much easier.
I will admit that I am partial to supporting local companies so the fact that GlassDharma is located not too far from me in Fort Bragg, CA carries some weight, but it’s their high quality product and first-rate customer service (hello hassle free guarantee!) that are the real reasons why GlassDharma’s glass straws should be one of the gifts you give this holiday season.
Thank you Eco-fairy!
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