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Unique Glass Pipes That Don't Sacrifice Style

Glass pipes are an essential smoking accessory, but for a long time, your choices were limited to the headshop look, making it a challenge to find a well designed pipe to suit your style. Since 2015, Tetra has offered an elevated alternative to swirled or color-changing pipes that all look the same — modern, minimalist, and unique glass pipes that are right at home on a sophisticated coffee table. These glass bowls and pipes make aesthetic statements while acting as highly functional delivery systems for your smokable substances. Here are six glass pipes that double as high-end design pieces.

Laundry Day Glass Tanjun Pipe

The geometric design of the Glass Tanjun Pipe by Laundry Day ($48) will step up your smoking style. Tanjun means "simplicity" in Japanese, and the unusual staircase design of this pipe is accordingly elemental. Made from borosilicate glass in clear, pink, or green, the 3-inch Tanjun pipe pulls triple duty as a decorative object and an incense holder. Says Nylon magazine, "Not only are they made with beautifully colored glass, but their shapes are unique and special." Every Tanjun pipe is made by hand in Vancouver, BC.

Tetra Elbow Pipe

The unconventional shape of the Tetra Elbow Pipe ($70) makes it a conversation piece as well as a decorative accessory. Designed by Ninon Choplin of Neenineen, this tubular pipe is larger than most yet fits nicely into one hand. In profile, the Elbow masquerades as a standard pipe shape, but viewed from above, this design has an upturned bowl on one side and a mouthpiece on the other. Upscale and playful at once, it lets you watch as smoke billows around its curves.

Tetra Balance Pipe

The Balance Pipe ($65), designed by Jamie Wolfond for Tetra, flawlessly combines form and function. The flat-bottomed design solves a few common pipe problems: The Balance Pipe sits flush with your table, rather than rolling around, and the borosilicate glass doesn't conduct heat, so you get a cooler, smoother smoke. POPSUGAR calls it the pipe "every grown-up smoker should own." The Balance Pipe comes in four colors: green, blue, black, and pink.

Laundry Day Hudson Pipe

The stunning Hudson Pipe by Laundry Day ($65) resembles a waterworn rock or an understated vase, and it fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. Available in clear, lilac, teal, or black, this hand-blown glass pipe offers a wide, flat design that allows the smoke to swirl and cool before hitting your lips. Leave the Hudson Pipe on your table for a chic accent piece when it's not in use.

Tetra Duo Pipe

As the name suggests, the Tetra Duo Pipe ($50) comes in two-toned glass and offers the perfect single- or double-smoke pipe experience. This slim, portable accessory — designed by Yield — is slightly bigger than a standard one-hitter and a million times more beautiful. Plus, the borosilicate glass means the Duo doesn't get as hot as other glass or metal pipes. Endorsed by Coveteur as a chic smoking accessory that doubles as home décor, the Duo pipe comes in two color options: black and teal or pink and teal.

Laundry Day Charlotte Pipe

A creative twist on a traditional shape, the Charlotte Pipe by Laundry Day ($45) makes for perfect on-the-go smoking. The wide glass stem offers a ring-shaped central chamber that makes every puff graceful to watch. Made from hand-blown borosilicate glass, the Charlotte Pipe delivers a '70s vibe in shades of amber, smoke, or teal.

Black Lives Matter: Tetra's Guide to Long-Term Giving

I am the founder of Tetra. And I'd like to use this global moment of self-reflection to speak out against the racism, injustice, violence, and everyday indignities that black people have had to endure in this country for generations. In addition to being unequivocally opposed to racism in all forms, I have always believed strongly in criminal justice reform — including ending the war on drugs, reforming bail and sentencing laws, prioritizing restorative justice and community solutions, as well as taking whatever steps are necessary to stop police brutality — and ending mass incarceration. All of which disproportionately impact Black and brown people.

I have not always had the resources to put my money behind those beliefs, but ever since I have, I've personally donated to organizations that are working towards these ends and tried to amplify their messages and their research to my friends and family. In the past few months, I've donated on behalf of Tetra, too. Just so you know where we stand.

While there are so many actions that we all need to take if we want to make any long-term impact on these issues, like voting for progressive candidates in every local election — and for Tetra's part, adding more black makers to our roster — those who do have the resources can at the very least direct them to the organizations who have been doing this work on the ground for years, both to help people directly affected by racism, incarceration, and poverty as well as to litigate and advocate for legal and systemic change.

Here's a (partial) list of national organizations that we think are worth learning about. If you decide to make your own donation, please consider making monthly recurring contributions rather than a one-time payment.

—Monica Khemsurov, Tetra

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

The Last Prisoner Project
As the United States moves away from the criminalization of cannabis, giving rise to a major new industry, there remains the fundamental injustice inflicted upon those who have suffered criminal convictions and the consequences of those convictions. Through intervention, advocacy, and awareness campaigns the Last Prisoner Project will work to redress the past and continuing harms of these unjust laws and policies.

Equity First
The Equity First mission is centered in transformative justice and healing communities impacted by the War on Drugs. We achieve this goal by advancing equity and corporate social responsibility in the cannabis industry and by providing education, opportunities for healing, and community building initiatives for our communities.

Founded in 1986, The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.

SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.

Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.

Project Nia works to end the incarceration of children and young adults by promoting restorative and transformative justice practices.

Real Justice
The goal of Real Justice is to elect prosecutors who will make a material impact on people's lives by helping end discriminatory policing, eliminating money bail, and rolling back practices that lead to mass incarceration.

Community Justice Exchange
The Community Justice Exchange develops, shares and experiments with tactical interventions, strategic organizing practices, and innovative organizing tools to end all forms of criminalization, incarceration, surveillance, supervision, and detention.

Know Your Rights Camp
Our mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.

Campaign Zero
Identifying solutions, providing research & data to organizers and policymakers, advocating to end police violence nationwide.

Movement for Black Lives
The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) seeks to reach millions, mobilize hundreds of thousands, and organize tens of thousands, so that Black political power is a force able to influence national and local agendas in the direction of our shared Vision for Black Lives.

Southern Poverty Law Center
The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

The Sentencing Project
Founded in 1986, The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.

Center for Policing Equity
As a research and action think tank, Center for Policing Equity (CPE) produces analyses identifying and reducing the causes of racial disparities in law enforcement. Using evidence-based approaches to social justice, we use data to create levers for social, cultural and policy change.

Cut50 by Dream Corps
#cut50 is a bipartisan effort to cut crime and incarceration across all 50 states. We bring together leaders impacted by the criminal justice system with unlikely allies spanning the political divide to push for criminal justice solutions.

The Brennan Center for Justice
The Brennan Center for Justice is a nonpartisan law and policy institute. We strive to uphold the values of democracy. We stand for equal justice and the rule of law. We work to craft and advance reforms that will make American democracy work, for all.

Run for Something
Run for Something recruits and supports young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in all 50 states.

Liberty Fund (New York-focused)
The Liberty Fund is dedicated to reducing the number of New Yorkers subjected to unnecessary pretrial detention while simultaneously providing much needed social services to this population.

Justice LA (Los Angeles-focused)
In partnership with grassroots organizations, advocates, directly impacted communities, and stakeholders, we work to reduce the footprint of incarceration by stopping jail expansion and reclaiming, reimagining and reinvesting dollars away from incarceration and into community-based systems of care.

Tetra Tutorial: How To Refill Your Wick Lighter

Our Tsubota Pearl wick lighters are best-sellers for a reason — they're stylish, they're made in Japan to the highest quality standards, and they're endlessly reusable and refillable. But how exactly do you refill one? Follow this easy step-by-step guide to refilling your Tsubota Pearl, Zippo, or similar cotton-wick lighter.

Here's what you’ll need:

• Lighter fluid (use Ronsonol, Zippo, or a similar fluid — NOT butane)
• A screwdriver

How to refill a wick lighter:

1. Remove the lighter body from its case. In most lighters, the metal chamber is housed inside a decorative outer shell.

2. Turn the lighter upside down to reveal a felt pad. If there is a screw in the felt pad, unscrew the metal screw.

3. Lift the felt pad with your fingers. If it's too challenging to remove, use a paperclip or a similar tool such as our Fog Pin.

4. Beneath the felt pad, you'll find cotton wadding material. Begin to slowly saturate the cotton wadding with the lighter fluid. Keep saturating until the top portion is damp or until the white cotton begins to turn gray. Be careful not to overfill!

5. Replace the felt bottom and the screw.

6. Slide the lighter body back into the casing.

7. Allow the fluid to soak for 45 seconds before turning the lighter right-side up.

8. Remove any excess fluid from the case and wash and dry your hands thoroughly before using the lighter.

9. Test your lighter to make sure the fluid has reached the wick. Careful: the flame may be bigger when you first refill the lighter.

How to refill a stick lighter:

Tsubota Pearl also makes wick lighters in a stick shape. The process is similar to refilling a standard-size wick lighter, but with a few minor adjustments.

1. Turn your lighter upside down and unscrew the bottom.

2. Pour the lighter fluid directly into the opening or use a small funnel to ensure better precision.

3. Begin to slowly saturate the cotton wadding with the lighter fluid. Add a small amount of fluid and then stop. Add a bit more and then stop. Keep repeating until the white cotton begins to turn gray. You will need to do this several times to properly fill the lighter but, be careful not to overfill!

4. Screw the screw back into the opening.

5. Allow the fluid to soak for 45 seconds before turning the lighter right-side up.

6. Remove any excess fluid from the outside and wash and dry your hands thoroughly before using the lighter.

7. Test your lighter to make sure the fluid has reached the wick. Careful: the flame may be bigger when you first refill the lighter.

Need a visual? Watch this video: