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This hand-blown juice glass was made by skilled glass workers in Guatemala. Seventeen artisans reopened a glass factory in 1976 and found a way to recycle discarded glass, which diverted waste from the landfill and less energy was used than required to produce new glass.
Who made this product? The cooperative, COPAVIC, formed in 1976 when seventeen artisans came together and reopened a former glass factory in Cantel, Guatemala.
Why is it ethical? These artisans crush and then melt down broken discarded glass and hand blow the molten fragments into fresh recycled pieces. Not only does COPAVIC protect and renew their environment with recycled glass, they revitalized their community with living wages, insurance, and skills that continue to serve artisans beyond COPAVIC’s kiln-lined walls.