Clearly Acrylic was founded in March 2003, and is a family-run, Internet-only retailer of fine plastic products for your home. We specialize in offering acrylic and plastic tumblers, wine glasses, and other plastice drinkware. Our alternatives to cheap, disposable plastic glasses and serveware. Our high-quality plastic glasses and stemware are designed to replace fragile glassware, and can be used without fear around the pool, patio, or on the boat - these are not just outdoor glasses; they're nice enough to use for indoor entertaining, too.
Our store has served over 20,000 individual customers; our wholesale department has provided plastic drinkware and serverware to countless upscale hotels, fine restaurants, nightclubs, and resorts. You'll also find our unbreakable plastic glasses and stemware used in professional theaters (both on Broadway and in regional theaters) and in many TV shows and films.
Your 100% satisfaction is our goal; please feel free to contact us for any reason.
155 Sackett Drive
Monroe, OH 45050-1544
Phone: Toll Free (USA): 877-360-4163 Other Phone: 513-360-4163
If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase (see below for damages), we will gladly accept a return within 30 days after the date you received your order. Please mark each package to the attention of the RETURNS DEPT and ship to:
Clearly Acrylic, Inc.
155 Sackett Drive
Monroe, OH 45050-1544
Please include a note with your name and address, and a brief explanation for the return.
PLEASE DO NOT RETURN ANY DAMAGED OR DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS WITHOUT CONTACTING US FIRST (see below).
DAMAGED IN SHIPPING OR DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS
- We offer items produced by the finest manufacturers in the Housewares industry, and stand 100% behind the quality of our products.
- Damaged in Shipping: In spite of our best efforts to securely pack your order, on rare occasion shipping damage may occur.
- YOU MUST CONTACT US BEFORE RETURNING ANY DAMAGED OR DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS.
- Your time is valuable, and we request that you contact us before returning any damaged products.
- WE CANNOT REIMBURSE RETURN SHIPPING CHARGES ON DAMAGED OR DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL.
There are NO restocking fees on in-stock orders under $300, products must be in resaleable, with the labels intact and within the original plastic protective bags.
We do not resell products with the labels removed or not within the original plastic protective bag; any items returned in this condition may be subject to a 20% handling fee.
Due to processing & handling costs, a 15% restocking fee applies to special orders or orders $300.00 and above.
There are many different types of plastics, and each plastic has it's advantages and disadvantages. Because these different materials have different properties, we’ve listed the types of plastics in our products, and how to best care for them. By following these minimal guidelines, we’re sure that you’ll enjoy your purchase for a long time.
Acrylic is molded plastic with great clarity and transparency, and is a good substitute for glass, as it is shatterproof. However, Acrylic will crack or break if dropped! Acrylic glassware will not yellow, and the colors are weather and sunlight resistant; acrylic drinkware resists most chemicals found in normal use. Some of the better-known brands of acrylic plastic are Plexiglass and Lucite. Acrylic glasses are BPA-Free.
- Acrylic plastic glasses and drinkware are NOT dishwasher-safe. Other companies may claim that acrylic glassware can be cleaned in the dishwasher, but this is incorrect. Dishwasher cleaning agents and heat will quickly cause acrylic plastic glassware to "craze" (develop fine lines or hairline cracks) and leak.
- Hand washing is the only way to clean acrylic products; again, dishwasher rinse agents and heat will cause quickly cause acrylic glasses to crack and craze (develop hairline cracks).
- Microwave: Acrylic plastic glassware is not recommended for microwave use.
- To safely remove sticker residue: Please use an oil-based lubricant such as WD-40 (or any other oil-based brand), or liquid vegetable oils such as Wesson. Don’t use Goo-Gone, nail polish remover or turpentine, as these will damage acrylic.
While polycarbonate glasses and plastic cups may look like acrylic glassware, polycarbonate glassware has a far superior impact and heat resistance than acrylic. It is the same material used to make eyeglass lenses and bullet proof glass - polycarbonate plastic glassware is unbreakable and extremely durable. Polycarbonate unbreakable glasses will maintain their clarity and appearance, and will not crazing after repeated use and washing. The drawback is that polycarbonate is more expensive than acrylic. One of the more popular brand names of polycarbonate is Lexan. A by-product of the polycarbonate manufacturing process is BPA, which has recently been the subject of some controversy. Please see our "About BPA" section below, for the latest findings on this topic.
- Dishwasher safe, top rack only.
- Low, normal or regular dishwasher cycles only! Higher temperature settings (over 140 degrees F) such as “heavy duty”, “sanitize”, or “pots & pans” will cause cracks.
- Turn off any “heat dry” or “heated dry” settings; these high temperature settings will also cause polycarbonate to crack.
- Microwave – Safe for reheating or warming only.
- Failure to follow these guidelines may void any manufacturer’s warranty.
- To safely remove sticker residue: An oil-based spray lubricant such as WD-40 works the best, but you may use Goo-Gone or a liquid vegetable oil (Wesson). These are safe to use on polycarbonate glasses (but not on acrylics). Do not use nail polish remover or turpentine, as these will damage the plastic.
"Energy Star", Bosch, Meile, Thermador & Viking dishwashers may have hot water temperatures greater than 140 degrees. Many higher-end dishwashers also offer a "steam clean" cycle. If you own any of these machines, your polycarbonate, SAN, and Tritan™ products must be hand washed. No plastics can survive the high temperatures that these dishwasher use; we cannot be responsible for any damage caused by putting polycarbonate, SAN or Tritan™ items in dishwashers.
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(SAN styrene acrylonitrile) is also a durable, break-resistant plastic. SAN plastic glassware is commercial-quality, break-resistant, but is slightly less glass-like than either polycarbonate or acrylic. However, the difference is minimal, and not usually noticeable. SAN plastic glasses are BPA-Free.
SAN Care: Same as polycarbonate (above).
Tritan™ is a new BPA-Free plastic material, similar to polycarbonate in durability. However, Tritan™ plastic stems are more flexible and not as rigid as polycarbonate stemsware.
Tritan™ Care: Same as polycarbonate (above).
A durable molded material from a different family of plastics with good heat resistance. Melamine is difficult to mold, but easy to decal and decorate. Its hard surfaces can withstand most scratching from metal utensils. However, melamine will chip or crack if dropped on to hard surfaces such as tile, concrete, etc.
- Dishwasher safe.
- Melamine is not unbreakable, and may chip or crack if dropped on hard surfaces such as tile, marble, granite, or cement.
- Microwave - Not recommended for microwave use (melamine will absorb heat, and may crack or blister).
- To safely remove sticker residue: An oil-based spray lubricant such as WD-40 works the best, but you may use Goo-Gone or a liquid vegetable oil (Wesson). These are safe to use on melamine and polycarbonate products (but not on acrylics). Do not use nail polish remover or turpentine, as these will damage the plastic.
ABOUT BPA and POLYCARBONATE PLASTIC GLASSES
Recently, there have been a number of alarming articles regarding polycarbonate plastic, which is used to manufacture many plastic drinkware and glassware items. As a responsible retailer of these products, we and our manufacturers continue to monitor the latest scientific research concerning the safety of our products - including Bisphenol-A (BPA.
Based on the findings of the Food and Drug Administration, The Environmental Protection Agency, The American Plastics Council and other reliable sources from around the world, we continue to firmly believe in the safety of our products.
Recent FDA information regarding BPA:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Clearly Acrylic is committed to the well being of everyone that uses our products. Therefore, we've compiled the following information to better inform our consumers on all of our products. We hope you find it useful and reassuring.
Question: Is polycarbonate beverageware safe?
Answer: Yes. Agencies and researchers worldwide have studied the safety of BPA and polycarbonate for approximately 50 years; including The Environmental Protection Agency and The Food and Drug Administration in the USA, The European Commission Scientific Committee on Food, The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment and the Japan Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Findings of studies from these agencies indicate that food and beverage containers manufactured from polycarbonate do not pose a health risk to humans. Polycarbonate is used in a wide variety of consumer products including beverageware, water bottles, dental sealants, thermal cash register receipts, and the lining of most metal food and beverage containers; it has been used for over 45 years.
Question: Why does Clearly Acrylic sell polycarbonate glasses?
Answer: Many consumers still prefer polycarbonate because of its unmatched ability to offer extraordinary durability, glass like clarity and resistance to stains and odors. Plus, polycarbonate has been widely used by many companies throughout the food and beverage industry, as well as other consumer products, for over forty-five years. We also offer many alternative products in acrylic, SAN, or Tritan™ Co-Polyester, which do not contain Bisphenol-A (BPA).
California residents click here for Proposition 65 warning.