Groovy Green Glass
Tell us about your business.Glass became our passion when a family member was diagnosed with cancer. After chemo treatments, she was instructed not to use any plastic because the toxins in her body would be transferred to the plastic and make the next user sick. Glass was the doctor prescriped drink vessel as it was pure, natural, and would not absorb the toxins. That's also when we notice just how much glass was being thrown away in our area. Groovy Green works with bars and restaurants to reclaim glass that would otherwise be headed towards the landfill. By partnering with local businesses, Groovy manages to keep up to 40 tons of glass every year out of area landfills. In addition, by using glass, Groovy Green is able to create a pure and natural product. The Groovy product line is vast, and includes glassware, lighting, jewelry, wind chimes, and much more. Every single product is handmade in the USA.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.My shop is my garage. That's right... my garage. Everything we make is handmade right here in our garage. I guess that means it would be "homemade", too! We have filled a two car garage with glass cutting equipment and shelves of saved bottles so that we can make quality handmade products.
What inspires you?What inspires me? That's easy - the bottles inspire me. Seeing the sun shine through a glass wine bottle is unlike anything you will ever see. These bottles are absolutely gorgeous. Whether it's their shape, color or art, these bottles are way to beautiful to ever be called "trash". That's why Groovy Green is committed to saving them Every shard of glass we collect is either used in our product line or recycled. No shard is EVER put into the trash. It is an amazing feeling to be able to change peoples' views on glass. Since our inception, we have worked hard to inspire and encourage others to save bottles.
What makes your business stand out?What makes Groovy Green stand out? You mean, besides the name? Well... that would be our products. We constantly look for new and inventive was to repurpose the bottles we save. Recycling and repurposing glass has been around since the first glass bottle was ever made. Groovy constantly pushes the boundaries of what is possible to make with glass. Our wind chimes were the first of their kind, and their design is unique to use.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?We encounter aspiring entreprenuers all the time. In fact, we encourage it as much as we can. The biggest advice I can give someone is... be original. Be different from everyone else, yet still be yourself. Create a product unlike anything anyone has ever seen. Also, constantly promote yourself. Enter contests with the big boys, and you just might surprise yourself! :)
What does American Made mean to you?When I buy an American Made product, I expect the highest quality and a unique variety. American Made has a sense of ingenuity and problem solving in. These are products that not only make our country better, but they improve the entire world.
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