How durable are glass straws?
Glass straws are very durable, our glass straws are made from a very durable glass composition. The type of glass is the same as what makes up your windows in your house, the glass you buy from your local grocery stores and the reusable, returnable glass milk containers that the factories sanitize and use over and over again.
We don’t claim it can go in to space, or used in explosion proof lighting like other glass but we don’t believe these are important for your glass straws to have.
Can I use glass straws for hot and cold drinks?
Absolutely you can!! Laboratory glass like borosilicate has the highest short-term admissible working temperature of 500ºC. Your average coffee from Starbucks is served to you at 71.1ºC and even at that you’re probably not sipping it right away. Our glass is regulated for a max temperature of 300ºC which means you are A-OK to use in your soups and hot beverages.
For chilled beverages, and cold milk shakes it works wonders as well! Since your drinks are probably not being enjoyed at cryogenic temperatures, our glass again will work just fine.
Why do dentist and hygienists recommend these straws?
Simple, drinking out of a straw helps protect your teeth against staining when drinking dark beverages like coffee and wine. Drinking out of a straw also helps with less bacteria and sugar sticking to your teeth witch limited the likelihood of decay and cavities great if you enjoy a little soda pop once and awhile.
The great thing about GLASS straws is you get all of these wonderful benefits but you don’t consume the nasty toxins from plastic.
Can I take glass straw to restaurants?
We hope you do! We have come a long way in educating the restaurant industry on why they shouldn’t be using plastic straws. However not all have made the jump to something that is not only NOT PLASTIC but something that isn’t single use. Paper straws are only fixing half the problem. Bring your glass straws everywhere you go and help spread the word.
How do I keep my glass straw clean?
All of our straw sets include a cleaning brush. You can purchase individual cleaning brushes here. You can also rinse the straw off after use and put it in your dishwasher - it’s that easy!
Are glass straws ok for kids?
Of course they are!! You want them to have all the benefits of using a plastic alternative as well right?? Our glass straws are perfectly safe for kids. As we say in our household don’t use them like drum sticks!
How does StrawHopper make a difference?
We are so happy to be a part of an amazing organization like 1% for the Planet. 1% for the planet is an international organization whose members contribute at least one percent of their annual sales to environmental causes. Their mission is to "build, support and activate an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet." One Percent for the Planet members assist non-profit organisations that protect land, forests, rivers, oceans and also encourage sustainable methods of energy production and that’s what all were about!
To learn more about 1% for the planet and all they do – visit them online - https://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org/index.php
Why are your straws not made of borosilicate glass?
Borosilicate glass is a great option for glass straws, however backed by popular belief is that this glass is recyclable and it not. We could say were no glass expert but in fact we are. We took that knowledge and created something that is just as good and well in fact better.
Sure Borosilicate glass is used chemical companies, oil and gas refineries, laboratories and even space! However we felt it was a bit unnecessary for your drinking straw.
Again borosilicate glass is not recyclable for the average consumer of this chemical composition.
It’s not biodegradable. It will not turn in to sand and it is not made up to 100% silica. It is not shatter proof or indestructible and it’s not the same as your glass cookware in anyway. It is glass that was created for laboratories. It does not break down in landfills. It’s one of the longest-lasting man-made materials. It’s estimated that it takes 1 million years for a glass to decompose in the environment, with conditions in a landfill even more so.
If you're looking to make a difference and say no to single use plastics then why not a glass straw that CAN BE RECYCLED If it has all the other great benefits. StrawHopper straws are food grade, durable, toxin free, lead free, good for hot and cold beverages, you can put it in your dishwasher and you can reuse it over and over again. We hope you love them as much as we do!
Can we make a special ordered size?
Yes you can! Because we work directly with the manufacturing company we can make custom lengths! Contact us with your custom ideas by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can also create custom etching to personalize your glass straw. You can select the custom option before you check out when making your online purchase.
Or if you’re an organization looking to have a customized order please use this contact form, we would love to hear from you!
Will my straw break if I put it in the dishwasher or microwave?
They will not break if you put them in the dishwasher. We hope you do it’s really a great way to clean and sanitize your straw.
Yes you can put your glass straw in the microwave. We’re not sure why you would buts it’s been asked!
Do I really need a cleaning brush?
When traveling around with your glass straw the simplest way to get it clean when not at home is with your cleaning brush. Most orders will come with a cleaning brush and we highly recommend them. They are definitely handy.
For the taller straws especially 10”-12” long. It’s difficult to clean the middle of them without one. If you had a smoothie and use one you will be thankful you have a cleaning brush.
How long will it take to get my order?
StrawHopper straws will normally ship within 2 days. If there will be a delay in shipping, we will notify you. Please refer to our shipping policy and blackout dates more details.
Can my straw break or crack?
Only if you drop it on tile flooring or a hard flooring (concrete). With normal use it will not break.
If you see a crack, please don’t use it. Fill out our Lifetime Guarantee form and we'll take care of the rest.
Why we don’t use coloured glass for out Straws, and NEVER WILL!!
It comes from China, cleanliness is definitely questionable to start with. What exactly it is made from is another worry. There is no guarantee to say what that stuff is at any time. Since we have all the compliance information, technical information and composition information for our glass, we do not want to jeopardize our product quality when we cannot reply on a supplier. Since we offer customized glass with etching if we wouldn’t put our names on it, we wouldn’t want yours on it either.
We’ve been in the glass industry for almost 10 years and visiting such factories you see very quickly how terrible it is for the environment. The very process you have to go through to manufacture coloured glass is a nasty one. We just chose not to support putting those kind of chemicals into our air.
How do I store my glass drinking straws?
Try and keep them in a place where you can get to them easily, you can put them right in a drawer! Create a separate space where your forks and knives go. When setting the table, you just grab your knife, your fork your straw for you, your family and all your guests!
Where are your straws manufactured?
All the glass is manufactured in the US. Then the material is exported to a manufacturing facility in CANADA. Then it comes to us at StrawHopper where we inspect all the straws before they are packaged and sent to you.
My glass straw broke now what?
Follow this link to fill out our Lifetime Guarantee form.
My straws are cloudy, how do I make them clear again?
If your glass drinking straws become “cloudy” from hard water conditions in the dishwasher, simply soak in distilled white vinegar. Using a cleaning brush can speed the process they will be nice and clear once again.