Win a $500 Gift Card + Stop Kitchen Glass Breaks for Good!

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 18, 2014

 

Duralex

I’ll be the first to admit – I’m a bit of a klutz in the kitchen.

Slippery fingers from the never ending process of food prep and dishwashing combined with my no toxic tableware policy is a recipe for the inevitable broken glass messes on a regular basis.

The trouble is, broken glass is dangerous even when you meticulously clean up the mess! Shards always seem to hide away to cause danger later not to mention the risk to the eyes and hands when the glass breaks.

My husband has been saying for a long time that we needed to find glasses and plates that don’t break or chip. I would just shrug and think to myself “good luck with that one” as I thought that an occasional glass mess was pretty much inevitable when you don’t use plastic tableware.

As it turns out, the type of product my husband was describing really does exist!

Duralex tumblersPut an End to Dangerous Glass Breakage

The glass company Duralex has been manufacturing tempered glassware for over 80 years in the heart of France. Duralex uses a proprietary process used for decades to create toughened glassware that is extremely resistant to breakage.

I’ve even dropped a Duralex glass (pictured to the right stacked on our counter) on the tile floor with no break, chipping or cracking!

Tempered glasses and tableware are equally suitable for cold or hot drinks, conveniently stackable, impact & chip resistant, microwave-proof, dishwasher-safe, and comfortable to handle and hold. This compares with the glass dinnerware at places like Ikea, which while inexpensive, easily break and chip into glass shards that are dangerous in your kitchen space.

Why I’ve Fallen in Love with Glass Tableware

I’ve really fallen in love with Duralex glass plates, glasses and bowls. The tempered glass that doesn’t chip or easily break means the kids can get involved with daily cleanup by loading/unloading the dishwasher and you won’t be concerned about ruining your dinnerware.

In particular, glass tableware is a safe, attractive and practical solution for the colorfully decorated ceramic tableware that is sold in kitchen storesMost folks don’t realize that ceramic dinnerware can be just as bad or worse than plastic.

The reason is that ceramic tableware is manufactured using a toxic glaze that frequently contains lead and/or cadmium.  Food Safety News reports that the presence of lead in ceramic glaze is what makes the tableware pieces appear so smooth and shiny.

What good does it do to prepare nutrient rich, whole meals and quality beverages only to serve them with tableware that in itself is a toxic choice that can leech into food?

Even tiny amounts of lead can cause permanent damage, especially for growing children. In Utah, doctors diagnosed young Chloe McBride with lead poisoning. Her severe constipation problems were lead induced and linked to her family’s ceramic dinner plates which were tested and found to be 10% lead! In another case, Paige Hullett, a teen suffering from concentration issues was diagnosed with lead poisoning, again likely due to the family’s choice of ceramic dinnerware (water and paint tests were negative).

How do you know if your dinnerware is safe? You really don’t and because lead is so pervasively used in the ceramic dinnerware industry, it is best to not buy it and use safe alternatives like shatter resistant glass instead.

Accept the Challenge to Take One Small Step Toward Glass 

While it can be expensive to try and convert all your tableware at once to nontoxic glass alternatives, if you do it one piece at a time, it is very manageable and budget friendly.

Baby steps really do work!

To this end, I’ve partnered with my friends at MightyNest to bring you a challenge and an exciting giveaway. MightyNest is an online destination for browsing and sourcing a wide variety of products that support and reinforce a nontoxic, sustainable lifestyle.

Enter to Win a $500 Gift Card!

MightyNest is generously sponsoring a giveaway to one lucky reader for a $500 gift card good for purchase of any and all of the hundreds of items in their amazing online store, a one stop shop for nontoxic living products!

Best of all, 15% of MightyNest purchases are always donated back to your school!  In addition, this month only, 25% of Duralex purchases will directly benefit the school of your choice!

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is accept the challenge to replace one tableware item with a nontoxic glass alternative. No purchase is necessary!

To enter the giveaway, take the pledge in the widget below. This automatically enters you to win the $500 gift card from MightyNest.  Then, go a step further if you like for the MightyNest Savor the Summer Challenge to rally members of your school community to take the challenge with you to earn entry points and a chance for your school to win!  

To give you some ideas, here are a few of the Duralex tempered glass products I have incorporated into my home, to my husband’s great relief, as it has all but eliminated kitchen glass breaks without resorting to plastic or toxic ceramic! Yay!

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I hope you enjoy this fun and exciting challenge as we all work individually and together to transition our families and schools to environments that are safe, green, and sustainable.

This giveaway is sponsored by MightyNest.  My heartfelt thanks for helping to support the companies that I believe in which allows me to continue publishing freely accessible health and wellness content, how-to videos and podcasts for you to enjoy.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

 

Comments (33)

  1. When does this contest end? I entered it a day or two before suffering a nasty cut washing dishes – I knew a glass had a crack in it and I was going to throw it away but it ended up at the sink. I forgot about the crack until I was washing it out with a sponge before putting it into the dishwasher. The glass cracked with my hand inside! I could really use some more break resistant dishes.

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  2. Just awesome! I think with glass you can combine with what you have as you transition and it look nice! I need bowls!!! Thank you!!!

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  3. This is great!! Since getting married I have worked hard to make our home toxin free! And let me tell you…my husband breaks EVERYTHING!!! I love him so much, but it sure is hard to justify glass when he breaks all the expensive stuff! I hope these glasses and dishes will help us! Gonna go buy some for our little house of love!

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  4. Restaurant supply houses sell heavy duty glasses that are very durable. They break far less easily than just standard glasses you get at Wal-Mart. I had a set of old coke glasses from Applebees that I finally gave away because they were ugly. I wish I keep them they were practically indestructible.

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    • I wonder about indestructible glass because I’ve heard that some glass has plasticizers blended in for durability (like glass for the medical industry, etc.). It makes me wonder about glass for the restaurant industry.

      I don’t believe Duralex glass contains plasticizers, plus it is lead and cadmium free. Here’s a chef tossing one on the counter:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHsu0D-WiC4

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  5. I have amassed a large collection of corelle from thrift stores, garage sales. I have nice dishes, but for everyday I use my mismatched set. They are very economical and are very, very durable. I doubt this product you are probably getting compensated for advertising could be more durable-no offense. I also like the one reader’s suggestion to use mason jars, I also use them all the time for an ever increasing number of uses. I see her suggestion was roundly shot down by you. I think you do a disservice to your readers and lower the credibility of your blog with too narrow thinking at times.

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  6. It is rare that I read about a household danger, anymore, that I didn’t already know about. The issue with ceramic glaze is horrific. I worry about the plates and bowls I’ve used all my life, and wonder how many of my health problems could be blamed the use of those dishes. I wonder if the nasty glaze is used on plain, heavy-wearing dishes supplied to restaurants, or on white ramekins….

    Since moving, I’ve used a set of plain, strong, bone china dishes. They’re old, I don’t have the retail box, and I cannot find information about them online. Frustrating.

    I realized, though, that the name Duralex is familiar to me: I used a few of their storage bowls for many years. They were the only parts of our collection of glass bowls that didn’t see some breakage over years of heavy use. I will definitely look at more of their products now.

    Thank you for sharing this information, as always.

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  7. I was also going to ask about Corelle and Corning Ware. Does anyone know of any reasons these should not be trusted?

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  8. First concern: does this glass “etch” in the dishwasher? I’ve purchased too many glass mugs and dishes that become progressively cloudy after years of dishwashing.

    Also, what is the size of the dessert plate? Thanks!

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  9. I love these containers and glasses! i have had a set of these glasses for many years with 3 kids and 5 grandkids and no breaks! great stuff!

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  10. I have the small glasses. I got them for kids and absolutely love them. Had no idea they make plates and bowls too. I’d sooo love to win!! I only use glass containers and these would be perfect!

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  11. Tijana,

    Probably 30 years ago I bought from “Pic & Save” a very inexpensive store..12 of there drinking classes made in France. ..
    They lasted forever , even with my two kids being young, BUT if they Broke, those glasses crumbled into little pieces, and flew everywhere!
    Although I don’t remember anyone getting cut from them, as they did not break into splinters of glass.

    Now I wonder who made those!!
    Annie\’s last post: Win a $500 Gift Card + Stop Kitchen Glass Breaks for Good!

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    • This is on the Duralex website:
      “If broken by strong shock, Duralex shatters into small pieces, reducing the risk of injury.”

      It appears that the tiny bits are intentional so as to avoid injury. It’s like the evolution of tempered windshield glass and windows for homes and buildings, which used to be deadly if you went through them.

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  12. I just started the challenge and have gotten rid of all my plastic in the kitchen. This giveaway would help to buy eco friendly glass for storage. Your website is wonderful, lots of information :)

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  13. More time than money June 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Our family uses large mouth canning jars for all beverages as the seem to be stronger than regular glass wear (hot and cold). We also bought sippy type tops for the pint and half tall jars as they fit in the car cup holders. In florida all floors are tile and glass wear sweats but canning jars have raised type that makes them easier to hang on to. They seem to break into more manageable pcs too. Versatile and BUDGET FRIENDLY!

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    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
      Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 19, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      I’ve had such terrible glass breaks with mason jars. No more! I only use them for fermentation, never for drinking or storage. The Duralex brings such peace of mind. Their tempered glass storage containers are perfect for freezing stock too. No cracking or splintering in the freezer. So scary.

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      • Yes, my friend has their storage containers and they are very durable, more so than Pyrex, Anchor or mason jars.

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  14. I was going to say the same as Len…what is wrong with Corelle ware made in the USA? Made in Corning, NY. I have also been using this for years and it lasts and lasts, it resists breakage. The dishes are also lighter than other ceramic and glass ware. I love it and would not change to anything else.

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  15. We were having a lot of glass breakage too (with two small kids it’s inevitable), so about 2 years ago I invested in Duralex glasses. Unfortunately the only thing it did was instead of big shards when they hit the floor and broke, it made for a gazillion small shards that went everywhere and was far more difficult to clean up. I was finding small pieces of broken glass in little nooks that were seemingly impossible (e.g. glass broke 7 feet away on tile floor, I would find broken glass in a jar candle sitting on the window sill behind the kitchen sink). Some months ago we had a glass break about every day and so our investment was decimated. I don’t know if they used to make better quality and the quality has gone down recently, but I was so disappointed.

    On the other hand I agree with Len – we have a Corelle Livingware set and I keep adding random pieces I find at thrift stores. Since we’ve had this dinnerware we only had one bowl break and that was when a toddler deliberately smashed it on the tile floor. It’s awesome, so light and strong and doesn’t chip.

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  16. I love Duralex and have been transitioning to it over the last year. Cups, mugs, plates, bowls, prep dishes, and mixing and serving bowls — all are lovely. The bigger bowls are great for soaking. I love their new 11″ dinner plates, and the “soup plates,” somewhere between a bowl and a plate, are surprisingly versatile and useful.

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    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
      Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 19, 2014 at 11:43 am

      The colorful and very attractive plates, bowls and mugs at kitchen stores and places like Target. Attractive and deadly!

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  17. I know it’s not fashionable, but I’ve been using Corelle Living Ware by Corning for years.
    I’ve added a bit to my collection, but many I’ve had and used daily since the early 70′s.
    Also Corning Ware baking dishes passed down from my mother.

    They last, can be purchased anywhere: in stores, on ebay, in yard sales, the salvation army shops.
    They come in different patterns and prints.
    They are also light, especially helpful for little hands or older fingers that may be a bit stiff at times.

    Enjoy your site,

    Len

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    • Len,
      At this point, I’m starting to think, it doesn’t matter if our dishes, cookware etc, are fashionable, its down to if there healthy for our family, and us..

      Sounds like your doing the right thing..

      I have been buying up at thrift shops etc, all the Stainless Farberware cookware, and RevereWare (copper bottom) that is made in the USA that I can find..Hopefully I’m doing the right thing.

      Although I did buy , WearEver Ceramic Cookware. (inexpensive)..
      Pure Living Nonstick Scratch resistant Durable Ceramic Coating Healthy PTFE-PFOA-Cadmium Free Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe and BPA Free…I do love this cookware over my Calphalan commercial cookware, as I’m hoping its healthier.
      That said, it is made in China!!!
      Annie,\’s last post: Win a $500 Gift Card + Stop Kitchen Glass Breaks for Good!

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    • I love my Corelle dishes and while I don’t own any I’ve used Corningware many times as well. To any prospective shoppers out there though: stay away from Corning Lite! It’s a thinner version, resembling a Corelle version of bakeware. For some reason things bake on like crazy and it’s war scrubbing and soaking to get it off.

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