100% Upcycled bottles

Georgetown, Ohio
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About GlassReFactory

Sales 13,183
On Etsy since 2015

Sparkling suncatchers made from 100% recycled bottles at our community recycling plant

In 1996, Dan Wickerham, Director of Adams Brown Recycling (a non-profit community recycling facility), was inspired to do something about the poor markets for green-bottle glass. Dan began searching for a way to address this issue and to create local jobs at the same time. After being told by those in the glass industry that machine-made bottles could only be remade into more machined-made bottles, he teamed up with Warren Trefz, his good friend and Glass instructor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, to provide consulting and expertise. A research and development grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was secured and the exploration of creating a new product from 100% recycled bottles began.

A small melting furnace and related equipment was designed and constructed, and a glass-worker position was created. Glass tiles for kitchen and bath surfaces were the first product to be explored. At that time, however, no industrial standards or codes for recycled glass tiles had been developed. The research and testing required to establish those codes were cost-prohibitive for ABR, so Dan had to rethink his approach. Because bottle glass is specifically formulated to cool rapidly from its molten state, it lends itself to the pressing process. So Dan contacted Warren again, this time to conduct a workshop to train staff and a group of local artists to carve press molds and gather molten glass. Some great suncatcher designs came out of this workshop and on Earth Day in 1998 the Glass reFactory was born.

The Glass reFactory continues as a non-profit program within Adams Brown Recycling, which is one of many programs operated by the Adams Brown Community Action Program (ABCAP). ABCAP is a 501(c)(3) social service agency that provides services to low-income residents in Adams and Brown Counties in southern Appalachian Ohio. Some of those services include Meals-on-Wheels, Head Start, health clinics, housing, senior services, and more. ABR gives back to the local community by providing a variety of services: buy-back of non-ferrous metals (aluminum cans, copper, brass, etc.), free curbside, free community drop-off sites and school recycling, free educational programs, and commercial recycling. And more than 20 individuals are employed in the combined recycling plant and Glass reFactory. Revenue from sales of The Glass reFactory’s suncatchers goes back in to ABR to help support its services. And revenue from ABR goes to support ABCAP programs.

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Last updated on May 9, 2022
We believe in recycling, and we believe in helping people.

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I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If an item is damaged in shipment, please notify us within 3 business days and we will send you a replacement free of charge.

Refunds and exchanges accepted within 7 days of receipt of order. The customer is responsible for all shipping related to an exchange or refund, unless there was an error on our part.

Please note that you will not receive the exact suncatcher shown. Every suncatcher has slightly different rim sizes, bubbles, slightly different coloration, etc.
We accept direct payment through Etsy's direct payment system, and paypal.
Most orders are shipped USPS Priority, as there is no or little breakage. Please remember to provide a PO Box number if applicable. If more than one suncatcher is ordered, there is only a small increase in shipping, per suncatcher, to the base shipping cost, up until 3-4 suncatchers. Once 4+ suncatchers are ordered, the shipping is based on weight and distance from southern Ohio.
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