Refresh Glass Expands With Help of Local Angel Investor, Sets Out on a 10 Million Bottle Rescue Mission

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Purpose-Driven Local Business Successfully Turns Trash to Treasure.

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I am passionate about helping purpose-driven business become the norm. I’ve seen first-hand that it is possible to combine the heart of a nonprofit with the horsepower of a corporation.

Refresh Glass, a Tempe, Ariz.-based company that creates functional wine bottle art made from empties rescued from the landfills, announced today that the company will triple in size in the next 12 months after a recent infusion of local funding.

The funding was received from MAC6, a local conscious capitalism incubator.

“We are thrilled to create this partnership with Refresh Glass to strengthen the company’s mission to advocate capitalism as a force for good,” said Kyle McIntosh, co-founder of MAC6. “Refresh Glass is such a positive example of a purpose-driven, for-profit business. We are looking forward to mentoring other seed stage companies to understand and build their businesses around the conscious capitalism model.”

This month, Refresh Glass will move to a new 38,000 square-foot Tempe co-op manufacturing facility, where it will occupy 6,000 square feet of the mixed-use commercial space owned by MAC6.

“The new space has ample capacity and will allow us to go from transforming an average of 1,000 bottles per day to 4,000 per day,” said Ray DelMuro, founder and CEO of Refresh Glass.

Additionally, Refresh Glass plans to grow from its current seven employees to more than 20 within a year. DelMuro will hire a sales team along with additional production personnel.

Known as a national innovation leader in repurposing wine bottles, DelMuro started Refresh Glass five years ago from his garage with the ambition to create a profitable business that would combine his passion for art and engineering, and that would help the community at the same time. With the cooperation of 15 local hotels and restaurants, DelMuro collects wine bottles from places like Postino, Pizzeria Bianco and Hyatt Gainey Ranch. The bottles are brought back to his shop where they are sorted and then are taken through a propriety process of separating, melting and stress relieving.

Today, the company has collected just over 300,000 bottles and plans to “rescue” 10 million bottles before they hit landfills. Refresh Glass produces a variety of functional, artistic products including drinking glasses, vases, planters, candles and more. Glassware is sold to consumers through major retailers like Dillard’s and Amazon, and is also sold to the hospitality industry for use in restaurants and hotels. Hospitality clients range from local hot spots, like FnB and Pig & Pickle, to national names like Wolfgang Puck and Four Seasons.

“I am passionate about helping purpose-driven business become the norm,” said DelMuro. “I’ve seen first-hand that it is possible to combine the heart of a nonprofit with the horsepower of a corporation.”

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About Refresh Glass

Started in 2008, Refresh Glass is a purpose-driven business that collects used wine bottles from the community and turns them into functional art. Refresh Glass creates a variety of products such as drinking glasses, vases, candles and planters, and sells them to both consumers and to hospitality clients. The company is currently on a 10 Million Bottle Rescue Mission.

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