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HeartStraws Receives Community Impact Award

For immediate release: November 7th, 2019 –Virginia Beach, Virginia – Employees of Elizur International Inc. T/A HeartStraws were on hand Thursday night for Coastal VA Magazine’s 2019 Give Back Awards. The company was one of only twenty companies selected from hundreds of nominations to receive the Community Impact Award from the magazine for their work in the local community. The event, held at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, was well attended by area businesses and non-profit organizations from throughout Hampton Roads. 

coastal cleanup day with HeartStraws

“It’s always humbling to be included among such amazing organizations. We are very passionate about making a change in how people think about the environment, which is why we do what we do outside the office. We believe strongly in being the change we want to see in the world. The award is a nice recognition for the hard work our staff does in our community.” -Meredith Lettiere, Director of Business Development for HeartStraws. 

As manufacturers of the glass straw line, HeartStraws, Elizur is committed to sparking a movement of awareness for sustainable living. Launched in 2019, the brand makes an assortment of glass straws and pouches to carry them in. Their collections of straws each benefit different non-profits working with ocean conservancy and veterans groups. The staff also works tirelessly to help promote social content that increases awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution in our waterways. To truly “walk the walk” with environmental activism, Elizur received their Green Tourism Supplier designation through the state of Virginia. The staff also hosts and volunteers at local beach cleanups and sit on a sustainability task force for the Virginia Beach Hotel Association. 

    This is the seventh year Coastal VA Magazine has been hosting these awards. In addition to the companies they recognized, the magazine also awarded 20 “Give Back” awards to local and national non-profits. One of those top-rated recipients was the Naval Special Operations Foundation, a charity supported by HeartStraws that aides Navy veterans and their families.  

  Leadership at Elizur International says while it’s always nice to be recognized for the work they do, the real reward is actually seeing the positive response they’re receiving to their sustainability campaign. With consumers looking for more eco-friendly products, Elizur is hoping to expand the demographic currently sourcing reusables by offering a product that is as beautiful as it is beneficial. The team’s next event will be at Surf Expo in Orlando, FL in January 2020. You can meet them at Booth 2476.

About Elizur International Inc. – Founded in 2015 by the owner of Triple R Manufacturing, Elizur International Inc T/A HeartStraws is a small business specializing in the handcrafted production of blown glass ornaments, decor, and straws. Made from premium Borosilicate glass, their products boast a superior blend of artistry, strength, and beauty, making them an emerging leader in the tabletop and decor markets. 

Media Contact: 

Meredith Lettiere

Director of Business Development

757-648-8502 Ext. 3

HeartStraws is Proud to be a Virginia Tourism Green Supplier

HeartStraws at Surf Expo 2020 in Orlando

Monique Wallace – Sales Executive