Monday, March 28, 2011

Glass Straws: Are you Ready to Make the Switch?


Back in January my family made the switch from disposable straws to glass straws.  We drink a lot of smoothies around here and we were using plastic throwaway straws every time...adding up to a lot of waste.

I did the math and this is what I came up with... I was spending $1.99 on a bag of 100 straws. We used 3 straws a day, so that bag was lasting us approximately 1 month...so at this rate we were spending around $25.00 on straws a year. And it was leaving 12 plastic bags and about 1,100 straws in the landfill each year. Wow...it really adds up and we sure were doing our part to feed the problem. The glass straws that we wanted to switch to were $12 each, so $36 total. It will take us approximately 1.5 years to make our money back on not purchasing plastic straws and 0 waste left in the landfill!  This info was enough to make us switch for good.

We brought these glass straws into our shop and learned quickly that many other people were interested in making the switch.  These straws have quickly become our best selling item as they are flying off the shelves.  It really excites me to see other people committed to making this eco friendly change.

We now have a variety of straws in the shop from straight to bent to funky to colorful all in 3 different sizes.  These straws are durable and will last you a very long time.

I have had a lot of people ask about giving them to their kids and if they will break.  My girls (4 and 6) have been using them for months without any issues.  We have banged them against the sink and even dropped one on the floor without breakage.  However, they are not indestructible.  I had a straw sitting on the counter on a non flat surface...the straw rolled about a foot on the counter then hit the tile floor and broke.  So, if you have a child that likes to throw things, maybe your child isn't ready for a glass straw...but I would say that these straws would be perfect for a child 3 yrs or older.

So, if you are thinking of making an eco friendly change, these make for an easy and affordable change.  These also make wonderful unique gifts and Mother Earth will thank you for making the switch!Pin It
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10 comments:

  1. We just switched to glass straws (thank you Hip Mountain Mama) a few weeks ago and we LOVE them!! I have a two and five year old and have had no problems so far. Everyone I tell about them always asks about the durability, especially when children are involved, so thanks for the info.

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  2. We switched to glass straws a few years ago. We totally love them. I have bounced one off the table onto the metal table leg and then to a concrete floor and it didn't break. In the years we have been using them, we have only broken one.

    Kathi

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  3. my son just recently turned four and he is LOVING his green glass straw. :) no breakage, and he is very active... really, i'm more worried about me breaking it than him. lol. but so far so good.

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  4. My one hang up is how do you clean them? Pipe cleaners, etc.?

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  5. They are really cool! I was wondering the same as apvegmama, how do you keep them clean?

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  6. We sell cleaners as well for these straws http://www.hipmountainmama.com/glclbr.html

    or you can also use a pipe cleaner!

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  7. That is so funny, I was just wondering about this yesterday. I was at a vegan restaurant and they had plastic straws, and so the thought process started in my head. : )

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  8. they are great. for other people wanting to be inspired about changes or looking to share their changes - come over here for 12 steps to a smaller environmental footprint! This is a perfect link up!

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  9. love my glass straws too!!! Just posted about these.....we were going through lots of straws too!!!
    I love how pretty these ones are though!!!!

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  10. We use stainless steel straws in our house... I think the whole glass and toddler thing would me a little nervous. In the future, when our daughter is older, we'll have to try these! They are beautiful!

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