Glassworks Studio is located in Morristown, New Jersey on South Street. It was founded in 2002 by Stacey Schlosser. The business is a venue where families, kids, parties, and even adults come to make beautiful works of art out of recycled glass. The creativity levels range from all ages, genders, ethnicities, and race. Glassworks provides instructions and support for all projects being done in the studio. Using different colors, shapes, and pictures to make a mosaic look like a masterpiece, these artists get to watch their work transform. How it works is the glass is cold and then gets glued together to be put in a kiln.
The sustainable glass studio was started in 2002 and it was the only walk-in glass fusion studio in the country. However, Glassworks has started a trend because other places have opened up since then. Glassworks is still the industry leader because it offers the most options for creating art and it has the best recycled glass around. They currently have about ten employees who are loyal to the company as well as passionate about sustainability.
Stacey Schlosser is the owner and creator of Glassworks Studio and is an experienced artist and hobbyist with an expertise in glass art work. Stacey grew up as an activist for the environment and her involvement was recognized when she was appointed to the board for “Sustainable Morristown in 2007. At this point she became even more involved and passionate about sustainability in her own community. She thought that it would be a good time to reduce her personal and professional footprint. Therefore, in 2007 Glassworks Studio and Stacey’s life underwent transformation towards sustainable practices.
Stacey describes her lifestyle as “green” and sustainable. The steps she has taken have helped her reduce her carbon footprint. She believes the Earth is our home, so we should protect it. In her personal life, she decided to move closer to Glassworks so that she could walk to work every day rather than drive. This move was able to save her money while helping the environment. Also, when she moved, she decided to downsize in order to conserve energy. She conserves energy by having no air conditioning and limited lighting in her house. She also has a garden where she dumps excess compost food and does not use any pesticides or fertilizer due to potential harm to her health and the Earth. Another major step Stacey accomplished in her personal life to achieve sustainability was purchasing a hybrid car, which she only uses if she cannot walk to her destination. In the future, Stacey plans to keep improving her personal life to be 100% sustainable.
Glassworks is successful and provides a viable source of income along with the ability to contribute to the well-being of others. One of the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development Glassworks is participating in is Affordable and Clean Energy. Their for-profit business is using 100% Green Energy. Glassworks has created three waste stations for separating paper, plastic, glass, and actual trash. This has saved over 1,000 pounds of waste! Also, the glass projects that they do need to discard of get reused for future projects or party favors. Even kiln paper that they no longer use anymore is reused for firing small beads. To continue their efforts, Glassworks provides leadership that many cannot compare to any other company in the industry. As a reward of action, they offer a points program for anyone who walks to the studio or takes mass transit. They also train their staff to ensure “green” and sustainable efforts take place in the studio. The studio has gone 90% bag free. They do not provide bags for anyone to pick up items and if customers request for one, then they must pay for one out of pocket. To top it off, the studio is even painted with non-toxic, Earth-friendly paint!
Stacey and her team at Glassworks have future plans in place to continue making the company more sustainable. The next steps include changing all lighting in the studio to LED by 2017 to save more energy. Another goal that they are striving to achieve by 2017 is getting hand dryers by the sinks rather than paper towels.