Silo, a UK-based zero-waste restaurant, is now seeking £10,000 on Crowd2Fund to acquire machinery to repurpose glass from used wine bottles and turn them into fine glass porcelain. The restaurant reported that it needs to purchase a bottle ‘crusher’ and jewelry polish to create fine ‘porcelain’ from the wine bottles used in its establishment.
The launch of Silo’s latest funding round comes just four years after the restaurant successfully raised £48,000 through its previous campaign on Crowd2Fund to incorporate a working relationship with The Tres Hombres, a specialist shipping company which exclusively transports cargo with wind and sea power. Speaking about working with Crowd2Fund again, Silo Owner and Head Chef, Doug McMaster, stated:
“We loved working with Crowd2Fund on our first raise. They saw potential in me and my plan for Silo when most other investors didn’t. I admire the drive for innovation and tenacity that makes Crowd2Fund so successful. The fact that Crowd2Fund have decided to do their first-donations based campaign with us shows their ongoing commitment to businesses that have raised funds with them before, and care about their continued development and success.”
While sharing more details about its latest project, the restaurant reported that glass is the last remaining component at its establishment that is recycled. It was noted that while these efforts are positive, recycling still has a negative impact on the environment due to the significant carbon footprint generated by melting the glass. Silo explained:
“Using specialist machinery, the bottles will be ground back to sand – a symbolic first step to try and reduce the 28 billion glass bottles that end up in landfill each year. The process to crush the bottles and turn them into crockery is a unique concept which McMaster has developed in collaboration with potter Mark Caivol.”
The restaurant added:
“The definition of upcycling is to give material a greater value. Turning our waste wine bottles into fine crockery would be a remarkable increase of value. Comparatively, this idea is the same as turning food waste into compost. If we can raise the money to buy the equipment, this will take ‘zero-waste’ to a whole new level.”
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