I love when customers are inquisitive about products and how they are made, after all I’m the same way when I shop for products! This post will address one of our most common questions about our straws, where does all that color come from?
Some of our products are very colorful and some are clear. The colorful glass straws (Hue Styles) we have on our website elicit many questions about how the colored glass is made. Some wonder if it’s dyed while others question if there is lead in the colored glass. The answer to both those questions is no! Colored glass is actually created by mixing in elements from the earth. The easiest element to relate to is in the pink glass, gold is used to create the pink hue to the glass. This is also why we don’t see affordable glassware that is a solid red color, it’s very expensive because of the amount of gold used to create the deep red color. Pink uses less because it is lighter and therefore more affordable. Below is a list of all the elements used to create our colored straws, some are more recognizable than others!
Amethyst – Maganese (Mn)
Aquamarine – Copper (Cu)
Brilliant Blue – Cobalt (Co)
Going Green – Iron (Fe)
Jet Black – Mix of (Mn) Maganese, (Co) Cobalt & (Fe) Iron
Autumn Amber – Sulfur (S)
Charcoal Gray – Nickel (Ni)
Pink Sapphire – Gold (Au)
The best part is that we have had every style of glass we use crushed and tested by a third party to ensure it’s purity and safety while drinking. None of our glass has ever come back from testing as unsafe for use in consuming liquids. I hope that gives you piece of mind in using our glass straws, the colors will not fade nor will they leach anything into your drink!
Comment on this post and tell me which color is your favorite and we’ll choose one winner who will receive a $20 Strawesome gift code to use online on any straws you wish! Winner will be chosen on 8.30.15 one comment per person please!