In July 2006, a business originally created by Matthew Grogono in 1994 that used a recycled washing machine as a converting device to cut bottles, grind rims and polish vessels into useable glassware, was transformed into a worker cooperative. The “Yellowknife Glass Recyclers Cooperative (YGR.coop)”, which produces and distributes recycled glassware, was funded to take advantage of the growing popularity of the high-quality glassware and the opening of a glass distribution retail store. Currently there are six active members within the cooperative, one more than when it was founded. YGR.coop has developed a greater awareness of its target market, especially the corporate market. Now, many businesses approach the cooperative to purchase its products as corporate gifts.
International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal and
Service Producers' Cooperatives
Secretariat: C/O European Cooperative House - avenue Milcamps 105
1030 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 543 1033, fax: +32 2 543 1037