It’s that time of year when towns across Shropshire are holding their annual Christmas light switch on ceremonies.
Local couple give used bottles a new lease of life
When Dave and Elaineâ€™s recycling centre in Newport closed down they came up with a novel way of reusing bottles.
With recycling centres closing around the Shropshire area, Elaine and Dave Jones thought they would take the initiative and try to lessen the pressure on the remaining recycling centres by doing something useful with all the recycled bottles that accumulate.
Elaine said “we thought it was an outrage that the Council closed Newport’s recycling centre, so we decided to relieve some of the pressure for other recycling centres by upcycling bottles”.
With this in mind, they created a business which upcycles bottles into useful kitchen ware. Based in Newport, they gather as many empty bottles as they can from friends and family and then set about designing and making these items in their ShropshireÂ studio.
The bottles get transformed with a kiln, the bottles are slumped for many hours in high degree heat and they form what is known as â€˜squashed bottlesâ€™! The bottles flatten down to create a lovely smooth, fairly flat bottle that can then be turned into a number of items including olvie dishes, coastersÂ and plates.
The bestsellers in the rangeÂ have been theÂ blue bottle and champagne cheeseboards as they find that most people buy them for a wedding gift or a birthday present for that someone in their life who seems to have everything, but not something as unique as a flat wine bottle!
They have also branched out into making beer and wine bottle clocks, which are very popular especially the commissions that they are asked to do from people who have kept a special bottle of champagne or wine, from a 30th birthday for example, and they want to do something really special with it.
Elaine and Dave can be found at local farmers and craft markets, or they have a website at www.fusedglassart.co.uk
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