Have you ever found a straw so awesome that it was simply Strawesome? For Daedra Surowiec, the mind behind the straw, those are her awesome creation. Each straw is made of glass but they're extremely durable and reusable.
Surowiec launched Strawesome in March 2009 to sell reusable drinking straws that are both durable and stylish with creative, fun designs. Hand crafted by Surowiec from clear or colored borosilicate glass, each drinking straw is guaranteed against breakage.
According to Surowiec, reasons for using glass straws, over plastic, include the reduced impact on landfills, and glass will not leach toxins into drinks.
A graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy with a bachelor degree in fine arts and architecture and with studies abroad in Italy, Surowiec worked in the corporate world for five years following graduation. It was less fulfilling than she imagined.
Following her first son's birth and her decision to start a home based business, Surowiec took a class in torch work at the Glass Academy in Dearborn and discovered that she could apply her artistic skills to create functional pieces of art with glass straws and develop a viable business.
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