ChasingGreen loves seeing items put use after they have already served their original purpose. Regardless whether it is re-using tea bags, wood shingles or toilet paper rolls we're big fans. So when a local company began to use the cast off's of a burgeoning wine and tourism industry to use we sat up and took notice.
MAKING USE OF EVERYDAY WASTE
BottleChange is a company based in Walla Walla, Washington that collects and upcycles beer, wine, and liquor bottles from their local bars, tasting rooms, and restaurants. Their motto is, "Changing the planet one bottle at a time". The bottles are cut, polished, and made into functional glass art in the form of tumblers, juice glasses, jars, vases, and candleholders. Other eco-friendly companies have shared the same idea of recycling and converting bottles into drinking glasses, but ChasingGreen likes the fact that this family-run business started with the goal of positively impacting the environment while also inspiring their children, friends, and neighbors to waste less.
A quick visit to their online store shows a selection of one-of-a-kind, innovative products ranging from Bombay Dry Gin Vases and Grey Goose Vodka Tumblers, to Rogue Dead Guy Ale Glasses and Wine Punt Glasses.
If there were more companies like BottleChange around, there would be less mining and transporting of raw materials, fewer fossil fuel emissions from manufacturing, and a lot less glass waste taking up space in our landfills. BottleChange has not only found a way to improve the environment and reduce the amount of their local glass waste, they've made us, here at ChasingGreen, think about how many products we purchase and utilize in our daily life. Maybe we can all take a page from BottleChange's book and find ways to upcycle other everyday items?
Be sure to take a look at BottleChange's page What Can You Do?.