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Our Story

Too many plastic straws.  Too much guilt.  Finally, a solution.

 

making a glass straw

Who We Are

Hi!  I'm Aimee Promislow and as both a lifelong craftsperson and a lifelong recycler, in 2014 I found a way to combine both passions and founded GlassSipper.  .

I started making glass beads in 2006, but late one night, frustrated with the mess of plastic straws leaking out of my kitchen drawers, not to mention the environmental guilt I felt using all of those plastic straws, I had a 'eureka' moment. I realized that instead of making glass beads, I could be making glass drinking straws.

That night GlassSipper was born.

In the summer of 2016 my husband Fred stopped being a lawyer and joined GlassSipper. Together, we are committed to ridding the world of plastic straws and replacing them with our reusable, toxin-free, environmentally friendly and fun glass drinking straws. 

We live in Vancouver BC, close to the ocean with our 2 teenage boys and border terrier pup. Although the boys use GlassSippers daily, they have yet to join the family business :)

Giving Back to the Planet

No sea creature should ever be injured by a plastic straw, or mistake plastic ocean garbage for food.  At GlassSipper we are committed to helping organizations that help to educate people, especially our youth, about how to reduce plastic consumption and take better care of our planet.

In 2017, we partnered with SeaSmart School, a local non profit committed to getting kids excited about caring for our oceans. Then in 2019 we expanded our reach and joined 1% for the Planet so that we could be part of the global movement of helping our planet.  We donate a percentage (more than 1%!) of your straw sales to both local and national non profits.  We have helped SeaSmart make a film about their program, provided classroom visits and donated straws for their give aways.  We are always looking for worthy organizations to partner with.

Our Straws

We make each Glass Sipper straw by hand in our Vancouver BC studio using an ancient technique called lamp-working. We create our critters and designs by melting, then fusing, coloured glass onto clear-glass straws with a 2500 F degree torch.

GlassSipper uses only the highest quality borosilicate glass from the Czech Republic, the same glass used to make Pyrex glassware. Our straws are natural, strong, toxin-free and can be used 100’s of times. Good for hot and cold beverages, Glass Sippers are dishwasher and microwave safe, and come with a lifetime warranty.

Our Goal

Although GlassSipper started from a love of melting glass, over the years we have become more aware of the seriousness of the problem of single use plastics.  Our goal is to rid the world of plastic straws, one GlassSipper at a time.

We pride ourselves on giving exceptional customer service and providing an exceptional product.  

Aimee & Fred

 

Fred and Aimee photo