Do you use glass straws? Have you ever tried them? When you think about it, do you ask yourself questions like, “Wouldn't they break? Aren't they expensive? How do you clean them? Isn't a plastic straw just as good?”.
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I will answer all of these questions and a few more in this product review of glass straws from Mason Jar Lifestyle. I will be very real here. You get to see my messy house, kids with messy hair at home. The baby gates all over in the background of my photos, stains on my dining room table. (We need to do a deep cleaning soon.)
10 Questions Answered About Glass Straws From Mason Jar Lifestyle
1. Where do you find them?
I have only seen glass straws sold in a “physical store” when they come with a whole package of glasses or plastic cups to go with them. In order to just get glass straws, I went on Etsy.
Here is a logo from their website.
2. How long do I have to wait to get them?
I was able to get in touch with Maggie, who was very kind and willing to work with me. She shipped the glass straws to me and I received them within six days over the busy holiday Christmas season. They came from Colorado, USA and I live in Wisconsin, USA. The straws each came individually wrapped in white tissue paper. None of them were broken, which is amazing, considering that the day I received them, our temperature was 9 degrees below 0 Fahrenheit! They came with straw brushes to clean the straws with. There was also a coupon enclosed for a discount on a future purchase.
3. Will they fit in a standard straw hole on my plastic lid?
The glass straws I received are a bit wider than the plastic straws I have at home. I was worried that they would not fit in the straw holes of my plastic covers. I have a Tupperware Impressions Tumblers set and plastic covers for glass jars with handles. In my package, I received a sample assortment and I noticed that some of the glass straws were wider than others. I was delighted to find that all of the glass straws fit in both of these covers.
4. How do glass straws compare to plastic straws?
I noticed that on the top tip of the straw, the plastic straw is harsh and has a sharp edge that could hurt the roof of a little one's mouth if they didn't put their mouth on it carefully. The glass straw seems rounded and smooth and would not cut the roof of a mouth. That really impressed me as my little one year old is always wanting a sip of my water or lemonade! As far as performance goes, I can suck through each straw just as easily, but I like the way the glass straw feels in my mouth and that I can't taste the plastic when I drink from a glass container.
5. Wouldn't the glass straws get broken?
I have a young son who has “butterfingers” due to his small hands or maybe his age. We have soda pop for special occasions and since it was New Year's Eve, I gave him his pop with a glass straw. He did take the straw out of the pop can, and dropped it onto my hardwood flooring. To my great surprise, the straw did not break! Maybe it was the way it was dropped? Maybe it was because he is short so it didn't have much of a fall? I would say the distance would be from about the height of a table. I would imagine that it could have broken. It is glass, after all.
6. Are glass straws expensive?
I am getting into more of a Zero Waste lifestyle and I feel bad throwing away plastic straws. The cost in US dollars is like this: including the shipping, they would end up being a little less than $4 per straw. I don't yet know how long they last. The cost for plastic straws is $1 plus sales tax or shipping if I get them online from DollarTree. Glass can last for years like my glass jars do. In our house (family of nine), we can go through a pack of plastic straws per week, which is about $55 per year including tax. We could buy more than a dozen straws for what we pay in one year and keep using them year after year so in that case, I do not feel they are expensive. It could also save me and my family money in health bills in the long run from not taking in as much plastic residue.
Well, I actually put them in my dishwasher with my homemade dishwasher detergent in the silverware basket. They all turned out perfectly clean except the ones I used for a berry smoothie. Those just had a little residue in them so I hand washed them using the straw cleaning brushes that were sent in the package. It worked great, then I rinsed them and placed them upright in my dish drying rack in the silverware section to dry.
8. Where do you store them?
I keep mine in my silverware drawer in the long side area next to the flatware. I would recommend storing them out of the reach of toddlers who may handle them roughly and possibly break them when you are not watching.
9. Why should I buy them from Mason Jar Lifestyle and not somewhere else?
Yeah, in my mind, glass is glass. I am not an expert, but there can't be much different about it to the consumer. So I base my decision on price. I looked around online and you just can't beat this price! Mason Jar Lifestyle's most expensive straight, clear, glass straw is priced at $3.99. I compared straight, clear, glass straws at four other online companies, here's what I found for their least expensive option.
- hummingbirdstraws.com $6
- Ecostraw.com $8.99
- healthygoods.com Glass Dharma brand $6
- strawesome.com $6.95
10. Would you buy glass straws again in the future from MasonJarLifestyle.com?
With the kind customer service, fast shipping, careful packaging and great price for the product, my answer is a resounding “Yes!”
11. Bonus Question: How do I know I can trust buying online when some sites are not secure?
Etsy is definitely a trusted site and accepts many forms of payment.
I hope you will try these glass straws soon as I feel they are needed in the home!
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