LAS VEGAS -- Tourists living the high life on the Las Vegas Strip are leaving thousands of pounds of trash behind.
Alcohol bottles are some of the most difficult for casinos to recycle, but now one local company is re-imagining the trash and making money off of it. It’s called
repurposed merchandise and it’s for sale across the country.
"This is the drinking capitol of the United States,” said Jennifer Jordan, the co-founder of Blumarble.
The company, just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is taking trash and turning it into unique treasures.
Friday is delivery day at Blumarble's manufacturing facility. Thousands of casino liquor bottles are sorted and processed.
"It's about five minutes to process all the way through the line, but that doesn't include the cleaning and the sorting and the picking up, so you're looking at an incredibly intensive, labor intensive process," Jordan said.
The company started a little more than year ago and has perfected each step. Bottles are cut, buffed and polished. The casinos enticed the company to come to Las Vegas. Blumarble was practically guaranteed an endless supply of bottles.
“This is perfect, we want you in Vegas,” said Rachel Cohen, Blumarble co-founder. “And that's how we got to all the casinos on the Strip."
Many of the creations end up in the downtown Container Park store front. The company also sells jewelry, light fixtures and more.
"This is a perfect outlet for us to give it back to the community and sell this and showcase it, some of our more one-of-a-kind pieces.
The trash trend is catching on. One Mesquite company makes purses out of old juice packets. Another local company creates earrings out of old bullets.
"Repurposing is just now starting to take off and I know everyone is doing it, but I think the more and more we incorporate it into our lives, the more we'll be able to really make an impact,” Cohen said.
And the movement is coming full circle. Casinos are now purchasing many of the repurposed glasses to serve guests in Las Vegas Strip hotels.
Blumarble has now gone international with online sales. It cuts nearly 500 bottles a day and take in 15,000 bottles per month off the Strip.
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