Refresh Your Events

Last month I attended an event in California. Our group enjoyed a great conference as well as many after-hour social events. Although the meeting was planned as environmentally conscious as possible, I noticed that the empty wine bottles of our events were thrown out with the trash. Hundreds, if not thousands of wine bottles must be disposed of monthly at the resort in that manner.

A week or two later I crossed paths at a Conscious Capitalism workshop with Refresh Glass, a Phoenix-based company that collects thousands of empty wine bottles from the community a week, and repurposes those into functional products for everyday use. They recognized the need to repurpose these empties and created partnerships with many local restaurants and hotels to collect their empty wine bottles in the Phoenix area.

As a planner I recognized a special synergy between an event and the repurposing of the event’s empty wine bottles. You can have bottles from their collections crafted into glasses with company or event logos, and gift them to speakers, attendees and VIPs post event. On a more intimate scale you can have special wine bottles repurposed into glasses for a newly married couple.

Refresh Glass also offers glasses with chalkboard labels that can be used to indicate place settings at events. Bottles are also repurposed as vases and candleholders. Their products get animated responses because of people’s love for aesthetic and functional items that have a story, in addition to their love for wine. Each piece they create is truly unique and has its own personality.

All of the bottles transformed by Refresh Glass are currently collected by businesses and individuals in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Ray DelMuro, Refresh Glass Founder and Owner established a goal for his company to rescue 10 million bottles, keep them out of landfills and repurpose them.

Items to gift at events can be ordered online starting at $5. Custom projects are priced accordingly and usually take 7 to 10 days from order to delivery.

Wine Bottles Get a Second Life

There are no official numbers, but apparently there are a lot of wine drinkers in Phoenix.

So, you can imagine how that could lead to quite a few empty bottles … maybe millions.

That’s why Tempe-based Refresh Glass is on a 10-million bottle rescue mission and gaining national attention at the same time.
They’re turning trash into something to be treasured.

“I started out of my garage, collecting bottles in my 4-Runner and I just wanted to make a living,” said Ray Del Muro, Refresh Glass founder. “It’s kind of grown organically on its own just because of people’s love for wine and because of the concept that it’s possible to take something that used to be thrown away and make something so valuable.”

At Refresh Glass, workers collect thousands of empty wine bottles each week from restaurants and businesses across the Valley. Then they repurpose those empty bottles into items such as drinking glasses, planters, carafes and candleholders.

“I’ve always loved art and my background is in engineering,” Del Muro said. “So, I wanted to combine the two worlds together in a way that helps the community at the same time.”

The company also celebrates the uniqueness of each bottle and what each one represents.

“The variety is still amazing to me,” Del Muro said. “Hundreds of different bottle shapes and combine that with all the hues and then the fun part for us is the history. Every bottle has its own story.”

Across the country, people are taking notice of what’s happening at Refresh Glass and placing orders.

“There’s so much potential,” Del Muro said. “We’re collecting a small fraction of all the bottles that are generated in the Valley. And to be able to make them into something functional that people can enjoy over and over again is a really awesome feeling.” Refresh Glass has collection sites for empty wine bottles at Whole Foods stores in Tempe and Chandler.

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