Perfecting industrial ecology

In pursuit of a more sustainable system to design, manufacture and sell glass.

Our vertically integrated factory allows us the proximity to immediately address key issues. From renewable energy and waste management, to paying a living wage and creation of green spaces, we are working to protect our environment and improve our community.

work in progress

We approach our work through the lens of eco futurism, but for our system to become more sustainable and dynamic we need to work from all sides.

Current Practices

Completed in 2020

Solar Powered

Our rooftop solar power system produces a large portion of the energy we use in the building. This is the most efficient way we can make our facility more sustainable in terms of energy consumption. For all other electricity needs, we source from 100% renewable energy.

Completed in 2021

Climate Neutral Certified

While not the ultimate answer for business to address our climate crisis, buying carbon offsets is an important tool to get us closer to a more sustainable organization. 

We are now Climate Neutral Certified!

This requires we measure all carbon in our business practices, purchase carbon offsets, and most importantly commit to future steps in reducing our carbon footprint. 

Completed in 2021

Complete Compost

There should be no such thing as waste and on our journey to achieve that ambitious goal we have invested into onsite composting to ensure food waste is getting turned into compost.

Completed in 2021

Bio Packaging

We use biodegradable materials in all aspects of our business where possible. From paper goods for serving events to bin liners, we have tested each biodegradable product to see what actually breaks down into natural material.

Completed in 2021

Natural Cleaning Products

While it may not seem like a large action, we have 30,000 sq ft of space that needs cleaning consistently. Of the most toxic chemicals in any building, typically many are found in standard cleaning products. There are readily available substitutes for all of our needs and we no longer have to worry about the harm caused by what is going down the drain.

Ongoing Pursuits

Goal of 2021

100% LED Lighting

Our building is an adaptive reuse of an old manufacturing site and in the process of modernizing our building, we are in the final stages of eliminating all non-LED lighting.

Engage in 2022

Rooftop Water Capture and Recycling

Currently our stormwater is not captured from the building’s rooftop and this presents an opportunity to tie in an onsite source for our grey water needed for production and other grey water needs at our building.

Engage in 2022

Food Miles & Food Carbon Footprint Measurements

Much of our ability to create more sustainable food offerings is in the design and conception phases. We are in the process of developing a food miles & food carbon footprint tool for our onsite cafe that will allow us to share all offerings we have in relation to their sustainability.

Engage in 2022

Pollinators and Pollinator Habitat

We look to create pollinator habitat with all possible green areas onsite and will install several bee hives on the roof to have onsite pollinators.

Engage in 2022

Zero Waste Certification

This third party certification would include data tracking, an audit from an outside party, and confirmation that we meet rigorous criteria for the certification. This certification for the Glass House as whole would include our glass studio Hennepin Made, the cafe, and event businesses ensuring all aspects of our operations are cohesive in committing to the values we champion.

Engage in 2022

Greenhouse heated by waste heat from Glass Studio

As you can imagine melting glass requires a lot of heat and heat means energy. We have identified an opportunity to recycle the waste heat into a greenhouse that will be able to produce food for our onsite cafe.