Students use resources to think outside the box
While many Shippensburg University students may be spending their down time from classes and work playing video games or lounging with friends, three SU business students are putting more than 30 hours a week each in order to maintain and stabilize their newly launched business named Rebottld.
Rebottld, created by Evan Landauer, Brady Udovich and Zach Dolan, is an eco-friendly business which the three sophomores launched in January.
Their tools of the trade are recycling used liquor bottles and beer bottles, which they turn into home décor items.
The items Landauer and company are creating are pretty neat and are decently priced. Ranging anywhere from $3 to $10, customers are able to get their hands on a variety of items and can also double up on their order for a discounted price.
Specializing in glass, Rebottld puts out numerous items, including mugs, vases, shot glasses, cups and self-watering planters.
The self-watering planter is a unique product, yet to be released by Rebottld. It will keep the same idea as the other re-used products, but include a bit more engineering in order to work.
“We cut the neck [of the bottle], flip the neck upside down into the bottle, we feed a wick through the neck and put dirt in it,” Udovich said. “It’s literally a self-watering planter. You just put water in the bottom and when the soil gets thirsty it sucks it up through the wick.”
Though all of Rebottld’s merchandise is made from alcoholic containers, the members of Rebottld made it clear that in no way, shape or form are they trying to openly promote drinking.
The merchandise may have the label of the alcohol on it, but the founders of Rebottld are trying to remain in the home décor business and help the environment.
“I think it’s everything but trying to promote drinking,” Landauer said. “I wouldn’t even say you would even drink out of this [mug]. I would say you use it as anything besides drinking, such as a flower vase,” he continued. “Just because it has the beer or liquor companies on it, you could use it as a pencil holder or a nice display. It’s more of a home décor.”
Furthermore, everything that Rebottld sells is hand made by the three founders. Time consuming, it may be, but the finished product is not only putting money in the students’ pockets, but it is also contributing to a cleaner environment.
Rebottld will also be available online in the coming weeks through Etsy, a website where people can buy and sell handmade items.
For more information about Rebottld, or to make a purchase, like Rebottld’s Facebook page or look for the company’s merchandise in the near future on Etsy.