Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Why Glass Straws & Strawesome Giveaway

Have you ever heard of glass straws? Did you know that there were other options besides plastic? I did not until recently and found Daedra at Strawesome who MAKES glass straws! Oh, wait until you see them!!

As I was researching plastic straw usage I came across an actual Facebook group called Just say No to Disposable Drinking Straws! Is that not to funny? I did not join because it only has 23 members and was not really active but I found some useful information I want to share from you. Here are some statistics that the group owner figured out about plastic straws:

"The U.S. population according to the U.S. population clock on 5/5/09 at 13:01 GMT was 306,359,042 people. If each person used two straws a month that would equal 7352617008 straws in a year. I know some of us never use a straw but some of us use many more than that. So if a box of 27000 McDonald straws weigh 20 lbs. ( It does. I asked. They think I am crazy at McDonalds) that means we use 5,446,382 pounds of plastic straws a year. That is 5,446382 pounds of plastic that is used once for about 20 min. and then goes to the landfill. O.K. maybe my math is off but you get the picture. Not to pick on McDonalds but they are right out there about how much food they serve, world-wide the golden arches sells 52 million meals a day! That is 52 million straws a day – 18,980 million a year – used once and thrown away."

If that doesn't convince you Strawesome has ten reasons (in no particular order) why reusable glass drinking straws are the way to go:

1.Concern about plastic usage is at an all-time high. Glass drinking straws are one way to limit your exposure to toxins from plastics because they are toxin-free! BPA-free, phthalate free, etc.

2.If you use straws a lot think about how many plastic straws you throw in to a landfill every year. Including the instances you dine out at restaurants this number can be astronomical! Being green has never been so easy. Replace your disposable plastic straw with a glass straw and you can help save our planet from destruction.

3.Not only is it fun to drink from a glass straw but studies have shown that drinking from something more substantial than plastic may help you lose weight. The feeling of glass on your lips will help you lose weight on your hips!

4.Strive to consume more water? Make it fun with a glass straw. It really works!

5.Want to help your kids eat more fruits & vegetables? Make it fun with a green smoothie and a glass straw.

6.According to speech therapists, glass straws help kids with oral development as they learn to articulate and pronounce words.

7.Jaw wired shut or have a hard time eating without a straw? A glass straw might do the trick!

8.Has your dentist mentioned teeth staining? Use a glass straw to have your beverages bypass your teeth when you drink coffee, tea, red wine, or any acidic beverage and then see what your dentist says next checkup.

9.If you are a smoothie lover, guess what? Yep! Glass straws make smoothie consumption a whole 'nother experience. Perfect for the green smoothie, protein shake, and other thick beverages!

10.Want a gift for the person who has everything? We bet they don’t have this! Buy them a personalized glass straw from Strawesome. Strawesome also provides drinking straws for special occasions like bridal showers, baby showers, weddings, or corporate gifts.

Daedra let me pick out a glass straw and the wonderful mama that I am, I choose a kid straw because I knew they would LOVE it! She sent me the 6" decorative straw. It is beautiful! Never thought I'd say that about a straw. Here is our straw and O'Bear drinking out of it! (sorry our camera is not the best!)














Here are better photos of these wonderful straws!
She makes holiday themed straws! And straws sold in sets!













Bendy straws that are perfect for those take out drinks!
And straw carrying cases! I cannot wait to buy straws for my whole family to take everywhere!


Strawesome is a family-owned company run out of Michigan and Daedra is a mom to two boys who was looking for a way to stay home, make money, and be creative!

I asked her if she was a Crunchy Mama.

"Yes, if you were to ask my friends and relatives they would define me as a crunchy mama or my favorite, a tree hugger. It all started when I gave birth to my first son and had a successful natural birth. After that I decided to become a instructor of the method I learned to birth with, I recently gave teaching up to create Strawesome. My husband and I do our best to feed our family REAL food, keep toxins out via cleaning products and personal care items and we recycle anything we can! I am blessed to have a husband who is like-minded and passionate about natural living.

Both of my sons were born naturally and were breast fed for extended periods. Currently my 10 month old is cloth diapered and neither of my boys have been vaccinated or circumcised. Most people probably think I’m crazy but I don’t care because this lifestyle keeps us healthy and happy. When I tell doctors or nurses that we’re not on any prescription drugs they look at me surprised and say “oh! Good for you.”

Love her! And her straws! 

How would you like to WIN an 8" Glass Straw?
 
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Enter another Plastics Week giveaway

Strawesome sent me a glass straw for this review but I was not compensated in any way for the post and all opinions are my own. This giveaway will end on Nov. 30, 2010 at 11:00pm EST. Winner will be drawn via random.org. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and they will have 48 hours to reply before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to anyone in the US & Canada and you must be 18 years of age or older.

167 crunchy comments:

Monica said...

Visited the site--wow, their prices are great! I had looked into some a while back and EACH straw was $30! I'm going to order some as stocking stuffers!!

Monica said...

Liked strawesome on facebook--thanks for introducing me to this company!

Amber said...

Oh my goodness these are great, I did some research a while ago and then gave up. I like their sets what a good way to start.

Amber said...

I signed up for the news letter!

Amber said...

I follow you and I tweeted @lifelovegreen

Beth @ Sand To Pearl said...

My daughter would LOVE LOVE LOVE the Purple Passion Kids Smoothie Straw. She doesn't get to use straws often but she absolutely loves them, and this would be totally awesome.

Beth @ Sand To Pearl said...

I am a follower and facebook fan

himes_a said...

mandatory Entry
The FAQ page has so much information!! These would make AWESOME gifts!!
and
BeachBum Fan Through GFC and Facebook

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himes_a said...

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himes_a said...

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hansenpj05 said...

went to the site saw lots of variety on sizes of straws and carrying cases they look great

hansenpj05 said...

signed up for their newsletter

Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

I've been to the site before. I am tempted to buy some. I think the kids gift pack would be where I would start.

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Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

I follow on GFC and on Facebook

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Deann said...

I have wanted glass straws for a long time but they seemed expensive or hard to find. This site is great!

Deann said...

subscribed to the newsletter

Deann said...

like strawesome on fb

Deann said...

beachbum follower and facebook fan

JKMommy said...

I liked how they carry all different sizes and that they have a lifetime guarantee!

JKMommy said...

I follow you on GFC and FB

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Liked Strawesome on FB!

JKMommy said...

Email subscriber!

JKMommy said...

Entered all your plastic giveaways so far!

JKMommy said...

Signed up for Strawesome newsletter!

T Rex Mom said...

I like the bubble tea straws best. In fact, I think I might need to get one for a Christmas gift - really cool idea.

T Rex Mom said...

I did enter at least one other of your plastics week giveaway - for sure the stainless steel one.

I'll repeat it again - these are really cool!

Stacy said...

I love that they give so much detail on their site, I hope to get to try them, but if not am thinking I'd like to buy some for stocking stuffers for sure.

Stacy said...

I follow you on GFC and Like Strawesome on Facebook

Rebeldream said...

Following your blog! I LOVE this company! I already have 2 straws, but my kids keep begging for the colors - especially amethyst and blue. Maybe for Xmas!

Rebeldream said...

Like Strawsome on FB!

Rebeldream said...

I'm a Beach Bum through Google and FB!

Rebeldream said...

Entered the EcoMom giveaway, too!

Susieqtpies said...

I took this quote from their page- very cool "Hand-crafted from borosilicate glass, each of our drinking straws is guaranteed against breakage; moreover, glass straws won’t leach toxins into your drinks or pile up in overtaxed landfills."

I'm amazed that they guarantee against breakage.

I'm following you via gfc and fb

Susieqtpies said...

I entered their newsletter mailing! arteachersusan at gmail dot com

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Susieqtpies said...

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Susieqtpies said...

I'm a Beach Bum GFC and Facebook Fan Susieqtpies and Susan B

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Susieqtpies said...

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Susieqtpies said...

I'm following u on twitter @susieqtpies and tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/susieqtpies/status/5349947859804160

Angela said...

I love the fact that straws could be glass and reusable. It never crossed my mind how many straws we actually go through!!!

Angela said...

I like strawsome on FB

Angela said...

Be a BeachBum through Google Friend AND Facebook
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Angela said...

I love your emails

Angela said...

I entered every giveaway

annaleighmcclelland said...

OK, I have to say I'm a fan of the cocktail straws! And I'm a beachbum!
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annaleighmcclelland said...

I like Strawesome on FB!

annaleighmcclelland said...

I'm a Bum thru GF and FB!

annaleighmcclelland said...

I'm addicted to your emails ;-)

annaleighmcclelland said...

I've entered all the giveaways!

Rebeldream said...

Subscribed to your emails!

Jenelle said...

i thought i already entered this! i love that they come w/ a lifetime guarantee!

Jenelle said...

i follow you on Fb and im a bum... a beach bum that is :)

Jenelle said...

i entered the soda stream giveaway

Jenelle said...

i get your newsletter

Knocked Up and Nursing said...

I like the straw carrying cases.
Blog follower via GFC.
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Knocked Up and Nursing said...

Facebook fan of Strawesome and commented.
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Knocked Up and Nursing said...

I follow you via GFC and Facebook.
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Knocked Up and Nursing said...

I follow you on twitter and tweeted:
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Knocked Up and Nursing said...

Entered the HAzelnut kids giveaway.
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Amorette said...

love the bent straws- i'd need the big daddy one, i drink a lot of water!

Amorette said...

like you on FB- amorette d.
(and am a GFC follower)

Amorette said...

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Ginger said...

Great review and giveaway. I have been using straws to drink more water throughout the day,i don;t know why but it helps me.
I found that most plastic straws taste a little funny(McD's straws are the worst!)
I enjoyed checking out their website and i think the Cleaning Brush would come in handy!
Thanks:)

cyclona66 at aol dot com

Ginger said...

I signed up for their newsletter
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rockportmidwife said...

I liked the Little Boy Blue smoothie straw and became a BeachBum on Facebook.


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rockportmidwife said...

I like Strawesome on FB.

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rockportmidwife said...

I am following on Twitter and tweeted.



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rockportmidwife said...

I subscribed to the emails.



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rockportmidwife said...

I am entering the eco-friendly lid giveaway.



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Rebeldream said...

Tweeted for you!

Kristin said...

The colored straws are gorgeous. It's great that there's a cleaning brush, too!

I also follow you on GFC.

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Kristin said...

I subscribe to your e-mails.

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Kristin said...

I entered the Eco-Mom giveaway.

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Kristin said...

I like Strawesome on FB (Kristin B)

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Kirsten said...

GFC follower. What a great idea! They are so cute, too! I like the Holiday Dots Straw. And I'm pleased to see there are cleaning brushes for them because I can imagine how icky they could get otherwise.
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Kirsten said...

Like Strawsome on facebook and said you sent me (Kirsten T...)
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Kirsten said...

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Kirsten said...

Follow you on twitter and tweet
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Kirsten said...

Subscribe via email
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Kirsten said...

Entered EcoMom giveaway
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Claude said...

I visited and found that they have straws for all kinds of drinks: skinny, regular, smoothie, etc. Love it!

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Thanks for the chance to win!

I follow via GFC

Claude said...

I follow you via GFC and FB (Claude Campeau)

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Thanks for the chance to win!

Claude said...

I follow CBM on Twitter here's my tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/claudecampeau/status/6561418597900288

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Thanks for the chance to win!

allisonsbj3 said...

I like the Bubbly Regular Straw.

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allisonsbj3 said...

GFC Follower and facebook fan

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darlanpaulsmamma said...

follow on gfc and i love the candy cane holiday set of 2 and the christmas cheer bent smoothie straw
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darlanpaulsmamma said...

follow on gfc and like on fb as melissa barnes
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darlanpaulsmamma said...

follow on twitter as lovinmykiddos and tweeted
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darlanpaulsmamma said...

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darlanpaulsmamma said...

entered wood toys & hazelnut kids bamboo game
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slb3334 said...

How neat. I like the christmas bent smoothie straw.

stacythemagnificentmommy said...

the orange jewelious smoothie straw is awesooooome!

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stacythemagnificentmommy said...

i like strawesome on fb
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stacythemagnificentmommy said...

follow you on both!
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stacythemagnificentmommy said...

get your emails
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stacythemagnificentmommy said...

entered ecomom
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Brandi Elam said...

I like the brilliant blue smoothie straws

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Brandi Elam said...

I like Strawesome on FB

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Brandi Elam said...

I like you on FB

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Brandi Elam said...

I subscribe by email

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Brandi Elam said...

I entered the Ecomom giveaway

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intime said...

i learned the reusable drinking straws are durable and stylish – and they can help you express your commitment to your family and the environment and follow gfc intime@myself.com

Tawnya said...

I follow via GFC! They have a huge variety of strawsj and at a decent price! They even have bubble tea straws!
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Cindy said...

OMG... I had no idea that these things even existed... again.. soooo glad I stumbled upon your blog!! Fingers crossed but I see on FB that there will be a 40% discount on Monday.. so pshaw.. how can I not take advantage of that?

oh.. gfc follower :)

Cindy said...

signed up for their emails

Cindy said...

Strawesome fan on FB and told them you sent me (cindy clarke)

Cindy said...

FB fan (cindy clarke)

Cindy said...

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Cindy said...

email subscriber

Cindy said...

entered ecomom giveaway

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JKMommy said...

I just bought their Cyber Monday Set! :)
Your order ID is #1222.
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JKMommy said...

Strawesome Purchase #2

JKMommy said...

Strawesome Purchase #3

JKMommy said...

Strawesome Purchase #4

JKMommy said...

Strawesome Purchase #5

Becky said...

I enjoyed reading the section on why to use glass straws! I loved that one of the reasons was that it makes it more fun to drink water :)
I follow via GFC
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Erin P said...

I found the cute holiday candy cane set! also new follower via GFC

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Erin P said...

fb fan of strawesome

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Erin P said...

made a purchase - cyber monday set #1

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Erin P said...

made a purchase - cyber monday set #2

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Erin P said...

made a purchase - cyber monday set #3

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Erin P said...

made a purchase - cyber monday set #4

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Erin P said...

made a purchase - cyber monday set #5

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Cindy said...

made my cyber monday purchase!
1/5

Cindy said...

cyber monday purchase 2/5

Cindy said...

purchase 3/5

Cindy said...

purchase 4/5

Cindy said...

purchase 5/5

Jean said...

I like the Pink Sapphire Smoothie Straw

Monica said...

Just bought the cyber Monday set! Yahoo! Pelletiermonicaa@hotmail.com

Monica said...

Purchased the cyber monday pack entry 2

Monica said...

Purchased the cyber monday pack entry 3

Monica said...

Purchased the cyber monday pack entry 4

Monica said...

Purchased the cyber monday pack entry 5

YogaMama said...

I like the big daddy straw. lol
I follow you via GFC and on facebook.

YogaMama said...

I receive strawsome newsletter (but not with this email.. let me know if you need it later)

YogaMama said...

I like strawesome on facebook.

YogaMama said...

I purchased a Cyber Monday set. #1

YogaMama said...

I purchased a Cyber Monday set. #2

YogaMama said...

I purchased a Cyber Monday set. #3

YogaMama said...

I purchased a Cyber Monday set. #4

YogaMama said...

I purchased a Cyber Monday set. #5

YogaMama said...

I follow via GFC and facebook.

YogaMama said...

I follow you on twitter and tweeted: http://twitter.com/SoapsbySonia/status/9337691615264768

Rebeldream said...

Purchased a Cyber Monday set! #1

Rebeldream said...

Purchased a Cyber Monday set! #2

Rebeldream said...

Purchased a Cyber Monday set! #3

Rebeldream said...

Purchased a Cyber Monday set! #4

Rebeldream said...

Purchased a Cyber Monday set! #5

Lindsey said...

I love the Candy Cane Holiday set!
I'm a BeachBum!
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Lindsey said...

I already like Strawesome on FB.

Lindsey said...

I follow you through GFC & FB.

Lindsey said...

I get your emails.

Lindsey said...

Entered the Soda Stream giveaway.

Miranda Ward said...

I follow on GFC and I like how affordable these straws are

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cerena leigh said...

I'm a follower on GFC.
I really like the amethyst and brilliant blue smoothie straws. :)

Cerena Leigh
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TZel said...

i follow on gfc as bridgestranslation
I love the fact that these are unbreakable and I love the Just for Kids Set. Thank you!
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FDP 4 Life said...

i am a follower and i like the holiday dots regular straw
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dreamcleavers said...

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i like the guarantee they give you
and i follow on gfc
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Michele P. said...

I like their straws, the decorative and the simpler bent ones for the kids :) great prices too! follower you via GFC

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Michele P. said...

liked Strawsome on FB left comment M Pineda

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Michele P. said...

follow you on Facebook and GFC
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Michele P.

Gianna said...

I'm a GFC follower.
I like the Bubbly Regular Straw.

Gianna said...

I'm an email subscriber.