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Tuesday, 02 February 2021 17:27

Day Job/Night Job: He Turns Empty Liquor Bottles into Glassware

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Brandon Eckenrode, director of development for CREF, founded B-Cycled Bottles to “upcycle” liquor bottles into shot, rocks and tumbler glasses. Here he is at the 2020 Chicago Beer Festival with the Beer Yeti mascot. Brandon Eckenrode, director of development for CREF, founded B-Cycled Bottles to “upcycle” liquor bottles into shot, rocks and tumbler glasses. Here he is at the 2020 Chicago Beer Festival with the Beer Yeti mascot.

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...I do the sanding, the finish work and the marketing, so it’s a one-man show. If I come up with a new idea, I don’t have to run it by anyone or get it approved---it’s just me.”

 

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CREF is a national nonprofit that supports collision repair educational programs, schools and students to create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with an array of career opportunities.

 

Eckenrode was hired in 2009 as CREF’s associate director of development before being promoted to lead the organization in 2012. In his LinkedIn profile, he touts himself as a “facilitator of generosity within the collision industry.”

Eckenrode never anticipated B-Cycled would take off the way he has, but he’s not complaining.

 

“I love seeing the finished product every time,” he said. “I am now featuring accessories like custom high-end wood boxes to hold the glassware and I am also turning liquor boxes, such as Johnnie Walker Blue Label, into coasters.”

 

He’s building a brand, making money and creating goodwill all over the planet. Looks like he’s captured lightning in a bottle!

 

If you are looking for unique and green gifts for your staff, clients, customers and/or fellow drinking friends, contact Brandon Eckenrode at BCycledBottles@gmail.com.

 

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