the Green VI Glass Studio in Can Garden Bay on Tortola is a really neat place to visit—it is amazing what they can do with recycled glass! their table full of starfish reminds me of once snorkeling and looking down and seeing dozens of starfish on the sea floor (okay, maybe they weren't green and blue, but just as beautiful). mother nature is so generous in what she shares, and green vi glass studio is doing more than their fair share to help. yes there are beautiful art pieces—fish, turtles, starfish—handmade onsite, often while you’re watching. but their story is quite engaging to anyone who appreciates this island for more than just a painkiller on the beach.
Charlotte will give you the back story, but tell you recycling glass is part of a means to end… hopefully the end of pollution that’s part of long chain of waste that ultimately “ends up in the sea” if we’re not careful. she and her partner have found a niche that can have rippling effects: recycling glass leads to less waste; using recycled cooking oil to heat ovens leads to greater efficiencies; hiring and training local students gets the community involved (what some call ‘social entrepreneurship’).
the Green VI Glass Studio produces beautiful glass pieces that you can take home… they’ll even wrap your purchase in recycled paper and t-shirts. stop by and talk to them about the works, ask Lion to sign one of his, and engage them in conversation about the island.
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