The Problem... Recent media reports claim that every day in the United States 500 million single use plastic straws are discarded as waste. That breaks down to more than 5,500 straws per second ... over 180 Billion (180,000,000,000) per year. If you cut those numbers in half, that is still 90 Billion Plastic Straws ... every year ! Even after attempts at recycling and water treatment many of these straws find their way into our oceans; polluting them and posing a serious danger to innocent sea life.
A Solution... Our glass straws, although not indestructible are intended to last a lifetime. They offer a safe, affordable and reusable replacement for traditional single use plastic straws. The key benefit of glass straws over plastic straws is that glass is basically compressed sand; heated to extreme temperatures and fit to perform various functions. When glass does find its way into a recycling facility the glass is cleaned, melted, then cooled and ready to be reused as new raw glass material.
A Larger Community Effort... Although we are not the originators of the glass straw initiative, it is a movement we fully endorse. This coming August 11th we are presenting 'The Last Straw' at our retail location in Salem, MA. This event will feature hand crafted glass drinking straws from $5 to some of the most intricate straw designs ever created. The artists involved in this event are some of the most sought after and collected flame workers of our time. Be sure to follow us on Instagram for continued updates.
In addition to this event we also wholesale and distribute our glass drinking straws to various outlets such as cafes, restaurants, coffee shops and juice bars. If you have a favorite go to business that you believe may want to be involved in furthering this endeavor, please contact the Witch DR via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Features & Specifications
Crafted by Witch DR Glass Blowing Studio
Made in Salem, Massachusetts USA
Annealed in our Kiln @1050 Degrees for maximum durability
*Each glass drinking straw is hand crafted and subject to slight variations in size, weight and exact appearance.
Benefits of Glass Drinking Straws
REUSABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY - Glass drinking straws are a safe, sustainable, non toxic, reusable and biodegradable resource. Plastic straws on the other hand are used once and discarded, are not biodegradable & end up in our oceans only to be consumed by sea life.
NON TOXIC / OFFER FULL FLAVOR - Traditional plastic straws begin to break down when used in hot or warm beverages. This process is known as 'leeching', which can also affect the flavor of your beverage. With Glass Drinking Straws there is no leeching and you experience full flavor without fear of what other chemicals you might be ingesting.
More Benefits of Glass Drinking Straws
HYPOALLERGENIC - Borosilicate Glass (properly cleaned) is safe for people with allergies and sensitivities.
BACTERIA RESISTANCE - Borosilicate glass is non-porous. Therefore it won't harbor bacteria from your beverage. Other plastic alternatives like wood, paper or even granite are porous and bacteria can latch onto it and begin to grow - even after cleaning.
SHATTER RESISTANT - Our Glass Drinking Straws are made of Borosilicate Glass making them shatter resistant and safe to use in Cold and Hot Drinks. Annealing of the finished glass drinking straws in our Kiln adds additional durability and shatter resistance.
DISHWASHER SAFE - Place in the silverware basket of your Dishwasher.