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Glassworks Studio Award Story

Glassworks Studio Success Story | 2015 NJSBDC Sustainable Business Award Winner     

When it comes to saving money through energy conservation, waste reduction, or other “green” practices, it’s not just the big corporations or the large-scale efforts that are making headlines. The NJSBDC’s best example of that is Stacey Schlosser, owner and creator of Glassworks Studio, whose passion for making our earth cleaner and more liveable has not only earned her a reputation as a model for small business sustainability among her Morris county business peers, but it continues to make a positive difference to her bottom line.  

Stacey opened Glassworks Studio on December 4, 2002 as the only public, walk-in glass-fusing studio in the country. Now, glass fusing is available at many venues in almost every state, but Glassworks remains ahead of the pack by offering the most options and the most experienced staff. It also distinguishes itself by being exclusively a glass-fusing studio, where no paint is involved! Stacey offers clients of all ages the opportunity to create their masterpieces through private instruction, individual and group workshops, and special occasion parties. Projects include dishes, serving platters, picture frames, coasters, wall hangings, jewelry boxes, bookends, and more.

Some of the novel but noteworthy ways Stacey has benefitted the environment and her business include: moving to within walking distance of her studio, saving 45 gallons of fuel and $162 annually; offering a reward point to all customers each time they visit her studio by foot, bike or mass transit; and switching to 100 percent renewable energy.

According to Stacey, “Sustainability is the focus of our customer reward program, our energy choices, our staffing and many smaller areas of business operations.” Accordingly, Glassworks purchased three "waste stations" with separate spaces for sorting paper, plastic and glass, and actual trash. All materials are brought weekly to Morristown’s recycling center, reducing annual waste by 1,000 pounds. Besides recycling, Stacey ensures many waste materials are used for other purposes. Kiln paper scraps are used for firing small beads. Glass scrap is used for teaching purposes, filling in projects, and for creating new glass nuggets. Small steps such as these have resulted in a $3,000 savings along with an additional waste reduction of 650 pounds. Likewise, Glassworks has replaced all of its birthday party “goody bag” items with unique glass stones. This has saved over $5,000 and a quantifiable amount of carbon emissions from production, transport, packaging and waste. The stones are up-cycled glass, reducing waste as well.

Stacey serves on many community boards, including Sustainable Morristown’s, which is how she became entrenched in sustainability and one of the New Jersey Sustainable Business Registry’s first members: “I am so proud as a small business owner to have a place to register and be recognized for all of the large and small efforts I am making on behalf of a sustainable future… And of course, as a businessperson every action I registered for actually saved me money…  Last year Glassworks had its largest profit ever!”