Every business owner has to choose what matters most to them. Our values are the foundation of everything we do here at ToMA.
We focus on the following:
◆ We aim to make the most positive impact possible by reaching out to those creating the most waste: businesses and the events industry.
No, straw waste isn't the biggest issue, but getting a reusable glass straw into people's hands is a simple and beautiful way to start a very important conversation about consumption. (That's how things start to change.)
◆ We keep our prices low to make it affordable for businesses to switch to reusable glass straws, and make those same low prices available to the public so anyone can buy and share our straws. (More change!)
◆ We offer free shipping on all orders to all 50 states. (Change happens faster when we make it easy.)
◆We sell in bulk rather than small packets. It encourages sharing, and reduces the amount of packaging needed.
◆We don't sell our straws on Amazon or Walmart.com. (It's just not our thing.)
◆Instead, for order and sample request fulfillment, we partner with Relay Resources, a non-profit organization in Portland that provides training, employment, and housing for people with barriers. (Bonus: they are diligent about recycling and reducing waste.)
◆A percentage of our profits is pledged to The Freshwater Trust to support their science-based success in protecting and restoring freshwater ecosystems in Oregon, Idaho, and California.
◆We value community over competition. That's why we share #glassstrawlove for other glass straw vendors on social media. (We all share the same planet.)
◆We love Oregon, and promote other Oregon businesses. (We rise together.)
That's who we are, and what we value.
Does this resonate with you? Let's work together! We'd love to help you with your business, events, photo shoots, or other projects. Just send a message to Maya at outreach@ToMAglassstraws.com
THANK YOU for your support as we dive into this business with our hearts wide open.
Maya, Tom, & André