Sourcing Glass

Don’t let the name fool you – WesternTrash drinkware doesn’t come from the garbage can. We source our glass from high-end wineries and restaurants in Berlin. These venues accumulate empty wine bottles after a busy evening, which we collect and take back to our workshop. It’s a good deal: We get a reliable source of glass; they get a free pick-up service. 

Wine bottles are excluded from the German deposit/refund scheme. Some are recycled (at great cost), others end up as landfill. By keeping these bottles out of the trash, we can create stylish drinkware with a positive environmental impact.

Every bottle is carefully inspected for size, color, and quality. We reject any glass that doesn’t meet the Western Trash standard. (Read more about our quality control process.)