by Stacey A.
There's a new trend in the creative community called upcycling, and it's making an appearance at Truckee Thursday. Started by Amy and Craig Davies, Rescued Wine features repurposed glass products made from recycled wine bottles. Having been in the candle making business for 20 years with Tahoe Candle, Davies started this new business venture after feeling the need to do something different after the birth of his daughter.
Upcycling involves taking waste materials and turning them into useful, environmentally friendly products. Each week, Rescued Wine visits businesses in the Reno-Tahoe area like Squeeze In, Atlantis, and Silver Legacy to collect their empty wine bottles. They sort, clean, and cut the bottles that would otherwise go to landfill and repurpose the glass into a variety of home products like candles, drinking glasses, soap dishes, and jewelry.
Rescued Wine specializes in scented candles, which come in nine different wine-inspired fragrances, from Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, and cost $28. Amy was inspired by her love of wine a few years ago and combined it with Craig's love of candles; the company has been thriving for the past 2 1/2 years both in Truckee and nationwide. Rescued Wine is currently offered in over 400 stores across the country.
Rescued Wine consists of the Davies and four close friends. The team of six do everything themselves. They hand-pour the wax in small batches to ensure the highest quality product. Even the seals on the candles are hand-applied, and they work from a small studio in Truckee, not a factory.
Not only does the company rescue hundreds of wine bottles from landfills each week, they also donate a portion of their profits to charity. They give 2% of their sales to animal rescue groups like the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe. Recently, they partnered up with High Fives, creating a special scent just for the foundation. They donate 50% of their profits from this candle to the non-profit, in addition to the usual 2%. They'd like to team up with more charities in the local community and in other communities where their wholesale products are sold.
Their candles only use 100% organic soy wax made from soy grown exclusively in the U.S. This allows for up to 80 hours of candle burning, and because soy burns at a lower temperature than traditional parrafin-based wax, the fragrance lasts longer. The all-natural candles also burn cleaner than their counterparts and without toxins, carcinogens, or pollutants.
Davies with his daughter
In addition to candles, Rescued Wine also repurposes the wine bottles into other cool items, most of which are only available at Truckee Thursday, including drinking glasses, soap dishes, and necklaces just for the locals.
Products only available at Truckee Thursday
Of course, Rescued Wine encourages customers to reuse the glass in their candles after it has finished burning. Let the upcycling continue!
To buy online, visit their website here.
Our intern, Stacey Alonzo, is an outdoor enthusiast, yoga instructor, aspiring journalist, Burner, and lover of food, drinks, live music, and travel.