Vegan Cuts is starting a brand new vegan blogger review program and the newest addition to their team, my friend Melisser Elliott, asked me to be a part of it. Vegan Cuts offers weekly deals on new vegan products and gives members the opportunity to earn rewards and discounts. Since they are a completely vegan company that offers quality, environmentally-conscious products from other small vegan-friendly companies, this is a few review program I wanted to be involved in. The first product I chose to review is Simply Straws, reusable glass drinking straws. I’m always looking for pieces for my ever growing collection of dishes, tea sets, fabrics, and utensils for food photos, so this was definitely something I wanted to try.
Admittedly, when I think reusable straws, what comes to mind is crazy straws. Twirly twisty plastic in every color of the rainbow, sometimes adorned with glitter or little plastic cartoon characters. While those have a time and place, these glass straws are completely different. They evoke elegance, belong on the grown up dinner table, and sparkle and shine in the sunlight, much like a decanter in a glass pitcher.
They sent me three different straws: a small clear one, large blue one, and a “bendy” clear one with a hint of blue/purple. They work just like any other straw, except you don’t throw away plastic afterward. The tiny straw is a bit difficult to drink out of because the opening is so small, so I preferred the bendy one. Just be careful about hitting your front teeth against the glass. And cleaning? They came with a small bottle cleaner and a pipe cleaner (I didn’t know people actually used those to clean pipe shaped objects, just for gluing on craft projects). Since you’re just cleaning liquids out of the straws, even people who hate doing dishes like me can handle it. They’re biodegradable, handmade in the US, bpa free, non-toxic, and all that good stuff that gives you peace of mind when shopping at environmentally-friendly small companies.
Now, my kitchen is very small and I’m a little clumsy when working sometimes, so bumping into counters while baking and cooking happens often. I break glass things at least once every week or two (still mourning the loss of my Strawberry Shortcake glassware Even with the odds stacked against the survival of my glass straws, I’m hoping they have a long life, but something ever happens, Simply Straws will replace them.
I’ve used them in a couple of food photos so far, looking more elegant than their plastic counterparts:
Irish Coffee Cheesecake
Root Beer Float Whoopie Pies
Thanks Vegan Cuts and Simply Straws! If you’d like to try these or anything else from Vegan Cuts, you can use the code “BLOGFRIEND” for 10% off your order by October 31st, 2012.
Disclosure notice: While Vegan Cuts sent me the straws free of charge, I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.