Local company refashions wine bottles into durable glassware | Cronkite News

Local company refashions wine bottles into durable glassware | Cronkite News


Tthe City of Phoenix is currently recycling approximately 17,000 pounds a year of glass, but not all glass gets recycled. Reporter Nicole Gutierrez tells us how one company bases its business on old bottles. According to the EPA, people in the US generated more than 11 million tons of glass and 2014 alone, and only one-fourth of that glass is recycled. But a Valley company is rescuing old bottles to do its part in recycling process. This was a perfectly good wine bottle. Now its on its way to a new life. This is an example of a glass that might be made from a bottle like this. Ray Delmuro is owner of Refreshed Glass. He refreshes old wine bottles into cocktail and water glasses. His business has process more than 1 million bottles in eight years. This is a craft. We have the ability to do printing and custom engraving as well. We also make a planters. Some people use these as shot glasses, so we have a fairly wide variety of different functional uses that we can make out of the single wine bottle. Pig and Pickle says that using cups made out of recycled wine bottles is both functional and durable for their restaurant. I’ve worked bars my whole life, and on average I’d say probably a dozen glasses are broken a week, and that’s probably on the lighter end. Whereas these, maybe a dozen every couple months. MacGregor also has glasses made specifically for his bar. I like the fact that they’re all different sizes, a slightly different color or something a little bit different about it. So these are all the tops of the wine bottles, as you can tell. I made these surfboards in my garage, and these are our whiskey flights, and now if you don’t want to get just, you know, one style of whiskey, you can pick four different kinds and get a sample of all four whiskeys. According to Keep Phoenix Beautiful, you can do your part to recycles glass by making sure bottles and jars as well as food grade glass containers make it to the recycling bin in the first place. But remember, window panes, mirrors, light bulbs and treated glass like the ones you find in cars should be disposed elsewhere. In the broadcast center, Nicole Gutierrez, Cronkite News.

Author:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *