Straws – Learn About DrinkingStraws.glass

Meet us!

Hello!

Thank you for visiting this page to get to know us.  We would like for you to meet the family!  Husband and Wife team, Jeremy and Kattie along with our daughters Audri (14 yrs) and Aurora (4 months) make up our small company.  We are located in Granite Falls Washington, the good old Pacific Northwest.  Now a little bit about us.

Glass drinking straw family
DrinkingStraws.Glass Family

Jeremy

Jeremy and Aurora of DrinkingStraws.Glass. The man behind the torch.
Jeremy and Aurora of DrinkingStraws.Glass. The man behind the torch.

Jeremy is the man behind the torch.  His skills make our custom accent glass straws stand out among the crowd.  Jeremy enjoys his time in the glass shop working on straws and other things made of glass.  He also enjoys the outdoors and loves to spend time in the woods being a part of nature.   When he isn’t working he is spending time with our daughters as well as our herd of goats.

Kattie

Kattie and Aurora package your straws with love here at DrinkingStraws.Glass
Kattie and Aurora package your straws with love here at DrinkingStraws.Glass

Kattie (that’s me!) is the woman behind the computer, the one sending out your glass straw packages in the mail with love and care.  I also take the time to inspect each glass straw and case that is made so you receive the best product we have.  I am also the one who handcrafts our carrying cases making it easier to take that glass straw on the go.  Another thing that I enjoy is sewing and taking pictures of interesting wonderful things.  I also enjoy spending my day with Audri and Aurora, they are my wonderful girls.

Audri

daughter of glass straws DrinkingStraws.Glass
Audri, daughter of DrinkingStraws.Glass makers of reusable glass drinking straws.

Audri is our wonderful teenager who each day amazes us even more.  She is skilled in many ways and is quite the helper in the company.  We make our own packaging and Audri helps with that.  She sews, paints, and writes.  School is her favorite thing and hopes to be a teacher in the later years of her life.

Aurora

Aurora, the youngest member of DrinkingStraws.Glass bringing us lots of laugther and love.
Aurora, the youngest member of DrinkingStraws.Glass bringing us lots of laugther and love.

Aurora is the newest addition to the family being born March 1, 2016.  She has been such a little joy for all of us and has really brought our family together.  One day she too will be helping out with making our glass straws, carrying cases and packaging.  But for now she will just be that cute little baby who likes to smile and laugh.

 

Straws aren’t all we love – Beautiful words about us by our friend Thea Craft

“Nestled among the mossy conifers of the regal Pacific Northwest, Drinking Straws . Glass family’s roots in the cascade mountains are as deep as the firs’. Drawing from their lush environment to inspire wondrous works in glass that rejoin functionality and aesthetic to offer an elegant array of glass wares that put the preservation of ecological balance at the roots of their practice.

When they aren’t enriching their skills and crafting new works, these artisans are otherwise bustling about enjoying all that this region has to offer. In the Pacific Northwest that often means pursuing indoor interests. In addition to the glasswork, this family makes interesting, eclectic clothing and accessories. From provocative pins to kaleidoscope robes, these folks are always creative, and it is always a one of a kind.

Rain or no, you can’t always stay inside. Their studio is located on acreage that works with the flora and fauna to create a sustainable environment for all life. This means when they aren’t being artistic, they are cultivating gardens, building shelters and maintaining living spaces for their herd of goats. When seasons permit they can be found foraging the local forests, using their knowledge of indigenous plant species to find treasures, such as the chanterelles that they can and pickle in their own sumptuous blend of herbs. It is their goal, and they are well on their way, to utilize their 10 acres to create a fully self-sustaining farm that promotes ideas of this practice with average resource accessibility.

When you love what you do, you are hardly working, but as the saying goes, ‘work hard, play hard’. If they aren’t busy on the homestead, this family is known for being positive, high-spirited participants in many festivals as merchants, organizers, merrymakers and plain ol’ down and dirty grunts. As members of any community they are dedicated to the commitment and honest work that comes along with any responsibility.

Happiest when enjoying the cornucopia of life, that very love and respect translate directly into the art they produce. These ethics are at the core of their practices and evident in their eco-centric desire to provide a gorgeous, sustainable option to an everyday waste item.”

An elegant touch

Glass straws from DrinkingStraws.Glass show a level of social responsibility, ecological awareness, and distinguished charm that plastic can’t even come close to!

Imagine how many plastic straws you would go through in a lifetime? How about a family, or a restaurant? That’s a lot of plastic! By using a lifelong glass straw you reduce waste, pollution, oil consumption, lower your carbon footprint, and create fewer toxins in the world and in your body. Not only that, but you do it with an artisan crafted piece of decor that captures both form and function, beautifully refracting light and color every time you drink from it.

Our annealed (strengthened) borosilicate glass is the strongest glass available, and is produced to top industry standards in order to ensure years and years of use. Like Pyrex, our glass straws are strong, beautiful and dishwasher safe. Buy yours today!

Our Goal

Straws are hand made in our shop
Straws of Glass

As an Eco-Friendly and Socially Conscious company, we want to do everything that we can to reduce waste, pollution, and toxins in order to help promote a healthy planet. Quality is important to us and we love it when we can provide our customers with the best product available, that’s why we use the highest industry standard methods to design and build exactly what you want.

Pollution from plastic is destroying our planet and our bodies.

Plastic pollutes and contaminates our planet, food, water and bodies! Refuse plastic straws and replace them with reusable Glass Straws from DrinkingStraws.Glass.

Plastic lasts almost forever. It takes from 500 to 1,000 years to break down and creates toxic pollution at every stage of its existence: manufacture, use, and disposal. Plastic is a material that the Earth cannot digest. Therefore, every bit of plastic that has ever been created still exists, including the small amount that has been incinerated and has become toxic particulate matter.

Plastic poisons our food chain. In the environment, plastic breaks down into small particles that attract toxic chemicals. These particles are ingested by wildlife on land and in the ocean, thus contaminating the food chain.

Plastic affects human health. Harmful chemicals leached by plastics are present in the bloodstream and tissues of almost every one of us, including newborns.

Disposable plastics are the main source of plastic pollution. It is clear that consumption of disposable plastics—bags, bottles, straws and so forth—has spiraled out of control. These items are used for seconds, hours or days, but their remains last forever.

Plastic recycling is not a sustainable solution to the crisis. Most of our plastic waste is land-filled, downcycled, incinerated or exported to other countries. Recycling of plastic is costly and does not stem the production of virgin plastic product.

Plastic pollution is not only in the ocean. The amount of plastic pollution in the ocean is expanding at a catastrophic rate, but there are similar concentrations of plastic in the desert, in every community around the world, in our homes and in us.

Source: http://plasticpollutioncoalition.org/

Some astonishing facts about plastic pollution from http://www.EcoWatch.com:

  • In the Los Angeles area alone, 10 metric tons of plastic fragments—like grocery bags, straws and soda bottles—are carried into the Pacific Ocean every day.
  • Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.
  • 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.
  • Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.
  • We currently recover only five percent of the plastics we produce.
  • The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year.
  • Plastic accounts for around 10 percent of the total waste we generate.
  • The production of plastic uses around eight percent of the world’s oil production (bioplastics are not a good solution as they require food source crops).
  • Plastic in the ocean breaks down into such small segments that pieces of plastic from a one liter bottle could end up on every mile of beach throughout the world.
  • 46 percent of plastics float (EPA 2006) and it can drift for years before eventually concentrating in the ocean gyres.
  • Billions of pounds of plastic can be found in swirling convergences in the oceans making up about 40 percent of the world’s ocean surfaces. 80 percent of pollution enters the ocean from the land.
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is located in the North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California and is the largest ocean garbage site in the world. This floating mass of plastic is twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life six to one.
  • Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.
  • One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
  • 44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies.
  • In samples collected in Lake Erie, 85 percent of the plastic particles were smaller than two-tenths of an inch, and much of that was microscopic. Researchers found 1,500 and 1.7 million of these particles per square mile.
  • Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form (with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated).
  • Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the body—93 percent of Americans age six or older test positive for BPA (a plastic chemical).
  • Some of these compounds found in plastic have been found to alter hormones or have other potential human health effects.