This is a series of posts spotlighting Arizona businesses that share their products with Sibley's West, as part of the "Small Business Boost" award efforts of 3TV/CBS 5, BNC National Bank, the Arizona Small Business Association and Cox Business.
Have you collected 1.2 million of anything?
Ray DelMuro can say he has.
As the photo shows, Ray's company, Refresh Glass, has "saved" more than 1.2 million wine bottles from ending up in Arizona landfills.
The Tempe company is now 11 years old and has turned those old bottles into glassware, planters and candles. They are available at Sibley's West.
As the story goes, Ray had been a manufacturing engineer for an aerospace company for five years before he resigned to go on a trip around the world.
He stepped away because he wanted to find way to combine his passions for art, engineering, and helping the community. He returned in 2007, having visited 21 countries and 39 cities. Within a year he began Refresh Glass out of his garage.
Ray DelMuro of Refresh Glass on a visit to Sibley's West.
The operation has continued to grow, now filling space in a Tempe industrial park.
The mission hasn't changed.
Here's the video of the story of refresh Glass in 60 seconds.
Here's a video with Ray and his grandmother showing the ease of creating a Refresh Glass planter.
If that name sounds familiar, you've probably enjoyed one of her delicious prickly pear prod