Owners, Meaghan McCarthy and Freddy Freeman had just lost their jobs. They went out to eat with friends for a morale boost and while at dinner, the eco-conscious duo noticed all the beautiful bottles behind the bar, destined for landfills once depleted. They devised a plan to start recycling as many bottles as they could from hundreds of restaurants and bars around the Massachusetts.
From sun up to sun down, once a week, Freddy and Meaghan would drive their truck to the restaurants to pick up recyclable waste, returning to Freddy’s mother’s garage to spend the next several hours sorting the haul for the recycling centers. Since Massachusetts is a state that rewards consumers with a bottle and can deposit, the couple planned for the recycled materials to not only better the environment, but provide a weekly pay out too. Their first trip to the deposit center was a rough one. The deposit program didn't accept liquor bottles, one of the chief discards and items they had collected all week.
Frustrated (and stuck with a garage full of liquor bottles) the couple reached their first "ah-ha" moment. “Seeing all those bottles reminded me of my grandparents wine collection. My grandmother would cut empty bottles open when I was a kid to make drinking glasses. I’m told it was the thing to do in the 60s and 70s,” said McCarthy. The idea grew and the craft began.Meaghan and Freddy finally found a use for the bottles and Liquor Wicks was born.