Recycled bottle art helps employ Petaluma youth
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Recycled bottle art helps employ Petaluma youth

Rarely is a drinking habit a good thing. Although, for three Petaluma High School students, it’s helped them create their own startup. Thanks to a steady flow of empty wine bottles from their parents – something each of them enjoys pointing out – Taiyo Logan, Jacob Sullivan and Cole Yant were able to create Vino Vases. They mount empty bottles on cuts of stained wood so they can be hung up and store fresh flowers. Their business venture isn’t just about making money, though. It’s about raising money – specifically for CareerPoint, a youth employment program offered by Petaluma People Services Center. For the last month, Vino Vases has been at the Petaluma farmer’s market every Wednesday, promoting and selling their handmade crafts. All their profits are being donated to CareerPoint, and so far they’ve made about $500, selling each vase for $27. The decision to support CareerPoint was an easy one, Sullivan said. The process started last year when they were searching for an avenue to start a business and give back to their community in one venture. Since CareerPoint’s mission is to help disadvantaged young people complete their education or chart a path into the workforce, it […]

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