Where All the Color Comes From

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?

Colored Straws

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!

~ Daedra

Comments (81)

  1. Pink sapphire

    laura revilla
    Aug 16, 2015 Reply
  2. I love the going green, as it makes an awesome substitute in my Starbucks cup! It is fascinating to learn how all of these colors are made! Thanks for sharing!

    Ashley Maria
    Aug 16, 2015 Reply
  3. Love all the colors. But the bright blue, cobalt one is my favorite.

    Joyce
    Aug 16, 2015 Reply
  4. I love the clear personally so my colourful smoothies can show through; but my son loves his green straw because it makes him feel eco-friendly

    Diana
    Aug 16, 2015 Reply
  5. brilliant blue

    Tammy
    Aug 17, 2015 Reply
  6. That was fascinating! Thanks!
    I like all the colors, but brilliant blue is my fave!

    Kellie Moreman
    Aug 17, 2015 Reply
  7. I like the Amethyst and Aquamarine best.

    Angela R.
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  8. Very interesting! I wondered why you don’t make a red straw! My personal favorite straws are clear with colorful designs on them, but I also really like the blue and pink glass. I never dreamed the pink was made of gold! Do you mix the elements into the glass, or do you purchase it pre-mixed?

    Andrea Klooster
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
    • All the tubing comes premade in 4′-5′ lengths so the colors are set as is, we don’t custom combine the glass to make the tubing. You can watch our video to get a glimpse into how we make them: https://www.strawesome.com/strawesome-video.html

      Daedra Surowiec
      Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  9. My all time favorite color is going green! Thanks for sharing about how you make the colors.

    Tylene Ruch
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  10. I like the bright blue and the aquamarine ones best. That orange one is pretty eye-catching too. 🙂

    Cecilia
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  11. I love the green…always have! I own a green smoothie straw. LOVE IT!

    Barbara
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  12. Jet black for sure! But they are all beautiful!

    Kristin vest
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  13. So interesting learning about the colors & I knew they were made from a safe choice as your original mission to have a safe alternative to plastic was the plan of your business! 🙂 I don’t use any plastic to eat, drink or store food in at home.
    All my straws I’ve gotten from you are clear; my fav colored one is going green 🙂
    Thank you Daedra for your business! I love glass!

    Sharon J Smith
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  14. I love all the colors because they invite people to ask so I can share! But aquamarine is my favorite color, though I would use my coupon towards one with decorations on the outside 🙂

    Isabelle
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  15. Great post! It’s always interesting to know the “behind the scenes” stuff! We have 3 of your jet black straws and love them! As for favorite color…. I love EVERY color! 🙂 But I suppose I could narrow it to Green. 🙂

    Stephanie
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  16. I love anything blue. Brilliant Blue sounds great 🙂
    Also, this info’s great – I never knew how glass colors were created. So interesting.

    Zarry
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  17. Love your straws, they are beautiful! Aquamarine is my favorite and going green is a close second!

    Natalie
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  18. Amythest and Pink Sapphinre are pretty well tied, we love them both!

    Shannon
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  19. Amethyst!

    Cathleen Mills
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  20. Love all the colors, but I’ve always been a sucker for cobalt blue glass.

    Betsy
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  21. Tough choice, they are all beautiful! I really love the amber and green. We have an amber one, so I’d pick the green next!!

    Kimberly
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  22. My daughter loves all the colors of straws! She has been using them since she was 2!

    Callie
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  23. Amethyst and blue!
    These colors are fun, relaxing and it’s great to know there are no toxic or harmful materials used in my favorite straws!

    This gives me PEACE OF MIND.- the absence of mental stress or anxiety. 😀

    Steve
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  24. I love the pink! The color is so calming and feminine. It is also light enough to be able to see what you are drinking without changing the color of your drink too much.

    Dawnn Villandre
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  25. I love the amethyst straw I have but the kids would all like me to get them a pink, a blue, and a green one!

    Kim
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  26. I love the pink and aquamarine. They are gorgeous! I had them both and then my cat decided it was going to play with the aquamarine one while it was drying on the kitchen counter and she knocked it on the floor and it broke. 🙁

    Jennifer
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
    • We can get you a replacement Jennifer. Fill out the form under Customer Service tab on our website.

      Strawesome
      Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  27. Aquamarine

    Melanie
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  28. I love them all, but my current favorite is Autumn Amber!

    Stephanie S
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  29. I love the amethyst, although I wish it was darker!

    Michele
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  30. My favorite color I changes depending on which one I grabbed that morning.

    Vicki Paglione
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  31. Aquamarine is my favorite!

    Kristin
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  32. Brilliant Blue is fabulous!

    Jennifer R.
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  33. As all of the colors are beautiful, I’m drawn to the brilliant blue. My kitchen is trimmed in cobalt. 🙂 Wonderful to know how the colors are mixed.

    Kathy Gonzalez
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  34. I love the pink. Thanks for posting about how you do it!

    Lori
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  35. I am loving the jewel like colours pink saffire, amethyst and aquamarine. Also as a gem lover myself, it’s wonderful knowing that those colours are made from earth’s very own precious minerals!! The straws are beautifully handmade and natural too, Love!

    Prisilla
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  36. I love pink saffire, and amethyst! So beautifully handmade, functional and natural , Love!

    Heidi
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  37. Aquamarine!

    Holly
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  38. Pink is my 4yo girl’s and 6yo boy’s favorite color. They squabble over who gets to use the pink straw. When I buy more, I won’t buy a variety, I’ll just stock upon the pink sapphire! It’s my favorite, too. Wait until I tell the children the reason it’s pink is because it’s colored with gold. They’ll be thrilled. They love pretending to be nobility, with my girl a princess and my boy a brave and good knight.

    Mikayla
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  39. Aquamarine!

    Abby
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  40. Definitely brilliant blue!

    Kara
    Aug 19, 2015 Reply
  41. Very interesting, I had no idea the colors were made this way. I have several of the pink straws and would have never guessed that it was gold that made them that color.

    Carolyn
    Aug 20, 2015 Reply
    • Congrats, Carolyn, you’re our winner! Check your email for the gift certificate code.

      Daedra Surowiec
      Sep 2, 2015 Reply
      • THANK YOU!

        Carolyn
        Sep 3, 2015 Reply
  42. We already have a Brilliant Blue and LOVE it! I think my next favorite would be Aquamarine (though my husband likes Jet Black) 🙂

    Eliz
    Aug 20, 2015 Reply
  43. I am happy to say that I have collected all of the colors you have in your inventory! I make smoothies every day for my husband and I and pick different color combinations for us each day. Today we are using the amber and aquamarine. I like that the hue of these two match. So today, my favorite color is amber because it reminds me of sunshine! Tomorrow it will choose another favorite color!

    Leslie
    Aug 20, 2015 Reply
    • “Hue” is the wrong word. I meant the saturation of depth of color matches on these two. Been bugging me all day, trying to come up with the proper color word! 🙂

      Leslie
      Aug 20, 2015 Reply
  44. I love the teal. My DD loves amber though! Thanks for great straws.

    JenP
    Aug 20, 2015 Reply
  45. Autumn Amber is my favorite color. Nice to learn about how the colors are created!

    Kandi B
    Aug 20, 2015 Reply
  46. Thank you for the interesting information. Very fascinating that pink is made with gold! I actually hadn’t thought about where the colors come from (oops!). It is reassuring to know that your glass straws have been tested for safety and purity… otherwise what would be the point of getting away from plastic??!! My favorite colors are pink sapphire and aquamarine.

    Diane L.
    Aug 20, 2015 Reply
  47. going green is my favorite

    cathy karinen
    Aug 20, 2015 Reply
  48. I love clear the best to be honest as I like to see the color of my juice or smoothie but aquamarine is also beautiful!

    Marta buist
    Aug 20, 2015 Reply
  49. I love the amethyst! I’m excited to order one for my friend who is quadriplegic and needs a straw to drink. She is always without a straw when we’re out. I love the the idea of the case to carry them!

    Aug 21, 2015 Reply
  50. Aquamarine is our favorite

    Jess
    Aug 21, 2015 Reply
  51. I love pink and purple.

    Sonia
    Aug 21, 2015 Reply
  52. Amythest and pink are my favorites. I’m mom in a houseful of boys, so I guess I take my “girly” colors where I can get them! 😉

    Emily
    Aug 21, 2015 Reply
  53. I love dark blue!

    Clarissa
    Aug 21, 2015 Reply
  54. My favorite is the Amethyst. But I really love the cobalt blue and aquamarine too! My kids love picking out their color straw, since we have a variety.

    Irishmama7
    Aug 21, 2015 Reply
  55. The cobalt blue is the most beautiful to my way of thinking, but I really like the amethyst because I can see through it. Thank you so much for your fascinating article;it was so interesting!

    Iris
    Aug 21, 2015 Reply
  56. I personally like the pale colors and clear. Pink and amethyst are the pale ones. If you could make the other colors pale too, I would like them. I like to see my drink coming up the straw. I especially like to see if I have cleaned it properly. 😉 I also like the do dads you put on them.

    Laura Graham, SC
    Aug 21, 2015 Reply
  57. Green…or blue, well, the black is cool. Haha,that’s too hard to answer.

    Clare
    Aug 21, 2015 Reply
  58. I use your glass straws paired with life factory glass bottles to drink green smoothies everyday. Thanks for making them and they are great quality!

    Erik
    Aug 21, 2015 Reply
    • I forgot to mention that Brilliant Blue is my go to colored straw.

      Erik
      Aug 21, 2015 Reply
  59. aquamarine color for me kids just love the straws

    Tanya
    Aug 21, 2015 Reply
  60. I really like the clear skinny straws with a colored dot for thin liquids. For smoothies, I almost always pick my green smoothie straw with a nice design, so that’s probably my favorite.

    Carol
    Aug 21, 2015 Reply
  61. Blue, amethyst, pink. In that order! Also, love clear with embellishments.

    Paula D.
    Aug 21, 2015 Reply
  62. Green is Beautiful

    Ruth Bolles
    Aug 22, 2015 Reply
  63. I love the brilliant blue and pink sapphire. I left my favorite straw in a glass at a restaurant so I have been waiting on a sale to replace it. These straws are so amazing.

    Aug 22, 2015 Reply
  64. for me: clear
    for my son: green

    Chandra
    Aug 22, 2015 Reply
  65. I love the pink.
    I would love the option to pay a bit more to have a darker pink made & or make one reminiscent of the ruby glass of old.
    I have some ruby glass & enjoyed reading how it was made. It’s is hard to find as so many copies are not the deep red & have a brown or orange tint to them.
    Thanks for making such a wonderful product, all colors are amazing.

    Dianne Morris
    Aug 22, 2015 Reply
  66. Going green is my favorite. …..pretty much sums up the way the world needs to be going 🙂

    Claire Griffin
    Aug 22, 2015 Reply
  67. I’ve been a fan of your amethyst for years.

    Jamie K
    Aug 22, 2015 Reply
  68. After reading this post I’ve got to own a pink sapphire, but I have to say my charcoal gray is my favorite!

    mrsSharongoo
    Aug 22, 2015 Reply
  69. I love the sweet pink color and the burst of purple and intensity of the aquamarine…but to choose one I would take the pink….calms me and seems gentle:)

    Deniese
    Aug 23, 2015 Reply
  70. Brilliant blue! That shade of blue is my favorite color. I think after seeing others’ comments, I’ll have to try more of the colors.

    Megan
    Aug 26, 2015 Reply
  71. Thank you so much for explaining this! I love knowing these details. I think my favorite color is Aquamarine but not by much. They’re all so awesome!!

    Inna Kurtser
    Aug 26, 2015 Reply
  72. i love the aquamarine color!

    Ashley
    Sep 10, 2015 Reply
  73. I love the colors. I have a question about allergies. Since the colors are made of natural elements and some people have allergies to those, is there a risk of being allergic to the straws? I know one of the top metal allergies is nickel which makes up your gray straw so I was just wondering if people with allergies should avoid colored glass.

    Sep 27, 2016 Reply
    • No, because the glass does not leach like other materials such as metal and plastic do.

      Daedra Surowiec
      Sep 27, 2016 Reply

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