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Mission

Evolution Glass manufactures innovative surfaces and functional art objects of exceptional quality using 100% recycled bottle glass. Our mission is to transform waste glass and bring beauty into homes and offices while taking care of our planet at the same time.


Company

Evolution Glass was founded by Bill Hess, an engineer and artist,  in 2015. Bill's innovative process balances design and sustainability making our tables, countertops and surfaces unique. By diverting glass from landfills and using it to create beautiful and functional products, Evolution Glass actively makes the world a better place.

For many years, Bill has evaluated, tested, and created products and art that utilize waste glass. Finally after years of exploration, we have perfected a process that allows us to create these stunning glass tables, countertops, and decorative arts objects from recycled bottles.  Many other companies manufacture recycled glass countertops and other glass objects, but few, if any, use 100% bottle glass.

Crafting our products from recycled beer bottles, pickle jars, and sauce containers gives these objects new life. It adds meaning to our interactions with these containers by transforming them into beautiful functional art for home and office.

Our work has received regional and international recognition. Visit our media page to review our recognitions.

Visit www.ideasonlegs.com to see some of Bill's artistic glass projects.


Core Values

Customer/ Employee Delight
We want clients and team members to enjoy and be amazed by our work.

Doing Good/ Solving Problems of Society
We address the problem of reducing glass waste by using this resource to make beautiful and innovative products.

Efficiency
Being on time matters to us. We communicate positively and proactively with clients and team members, leverage resources/ people/ equipment to complete work of high quality on agreed-upon schedule. We believe in asking for help when uncertain.

Transparency
We are honest and direct in action, both internally and with clients.

Confidence with humility
We are proud of what we are doing, and we share the message of success with the community through events and media.


Collaborators & Advisors
(partial list)


The Team

Bill Hess- Owner/ Principal

Bill is an engineer, artist and entrepreneur living in central Virginia. He has been working with recycled glass for over ten years and making art for over two decades (see www.IdeasOnLegs.com for his personal portfolio). His work has been featured locally and internationally. After many years of research and testing, he conceived Evolution Glass as a community minded business to transform glass waste into beautiful and inspiring products and art.

Bill has expertise in all areas of product development from research and prototyping through full-scale manufacturing in consumer, medical and industrial applications. Bill graduated from Dartmouth College with a double major in engineering sciences and studio art and has a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University.  

Bill has a deep commitment to sustainable and environmentally responsible design. He and his wife Wendy embrace healthy and sustainable living in rural central Virginia. Wendy is a nutritionist and corporate wellness educator. Their children enjoy attendance at a nature-loving independent school. Bill's business is an extension of his personal passion to sustain the health of the Planet through innovation in art and design.
 

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Honie Ann Peacock- Director of Strategic Business Development

Honie Ann Peacock, President of HAPNINGS NOW LLC was drawn to Evolution Glass immediately when she saw the gorgeous functional art Bill Hess had created from 100% recycled waste glass. When she learned how long Bill had experimented until he perfected the process of turning crushed bottles into nine sparkling jewel tones, she was impressed. But when she saw Bill could not only make top of the line countertops and tables but had also created a line of lamps, water fountains, clocks and other decorative art objects from this glass, she decided to join Bill in order to help him strategically grow the business.

Ms. Peacock transformed her B.A. in Art History from the University of Michigan and Masters in Social Work from Columbia University first into a career in Fortune 500 companies’ Human Resource Departments’ affirmative action and management training. Subsequently Honie Ann became a serial social entrepreneur establishing a series of small businesses that promote community and economic development.  An early participant in the movement to develop social enterprise – businesses with a social mission – Ms. Peacock founded a non-profit social enterprise in culinary arts and a geotechnical drilling company whose staff and owners were women and minorities.  Ms. Peacock won an award from the NYC Chamber of Commerce for her contracting company and was covered by ABC Eye Witness News and New York Magazine for her culinary program. 
 

 

Heather Phillips- Media Strategy and Outreach

Heather has been passionate about recycling since third grade when she insisted on converting her family's garage into a multi-bin sorting hub and making monthly trips to their local recycling facility.

Today she's still just as passionate (probably even more so) about recycling. She runs a blog, smallactscount.org, that focuses on the small acts we can practice to foster positive change in our world, like recycling. In December 2015, Heather met Bill Hess at a Greater Virginia Green Building Council luncheon where she learned about his mission to create beautiful, functional art from recycled glass. She was immediately enchanted by this project and has been a dedicated catalyst for growth.  Heather graduated from James Madison University with B.A. in a Media Arts and Design, Interactive Media.

As she supports the growth of Evolution Glass, she hopes to help others understand the importance of our effort to reduce waste and reuse our resources wisely.
 

Nick Jones- Design and Technical Advisor

Nick brings to the team over a decade of experience in building and operating high temperature glass forming equipment.  A glass blower by trade with a B.A. in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego, Nick has travelled the length of the West Coast practicing his craft.  He benefits from having engaged in a wide variety of approaches to forming glass in the most efficient way possible.  Nick understands that any gain in efficiency in our process directly supports Evolution Glass’ sustainable approach to creating gorgeous functional art from 100% recycled bottle glass.  
 

Howard Evergreen- Volunteer Advisor and Bottle Hauler

Howard is an enthusiastic supporter of Evolution Glass. He and his wife Janet purchased the 1st finished table top from the business- a spectacular light green living room side table with a beautiful bull-nose edge. He has provided insightful words of advice for the business while being a dedicated participant in culling glass from the bottle pile at the landfill. He generously donates his time and the use of his pickup truck for our dump runs!

Howard was the Director of the Fluvanna-Louisa Housing Foundation for many years before joining the growing ranks of Evolution Glass supporters. He is involved in numerous other community activities in and around Charlottesville.


Indiegogo Contributors

From October 2016 to December 2016 we ran a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds to increase our production capacity and spread the word about Evolution Glass. We're immensely grateful for all of our campaign contributors. 


Mary Law
Willow Gale
Laura Horn
Richard Tarbell
pubbru
Beverly Mimeault
suzanne malone
Ginny DeVries
Stuart L. Fine
Cheryl Mealey
Janet Wolfe
Reed Muehlman
Andrew Fine
Robin Lapre
Adam Morgan
Robert Birdsey
Mary DeSilva
Waverly and Reid Davis
Karen Pranikoff
Ellen Graap Loth
An admirer of Bill's work, Nancy Holder
Liza Holder
chad
Mitchell Hubbard
Rhett and Megan
Lynda and Kevin Curtis

Ann Pontius
Sarah Lawrie
Kathleen Keahey
Justin L. Vigdor
Steve Branoff
Kim Earhart
hessnest1
Kate Zuckerman
Scott Wheeler
Teri S Kent
Deb Holroyd
Karen Raden
Kate Knott
Ted Horn
Mabel and Myles
Kimberly Lo
ken_dabkowski
Katie Lizotte
David Hess
Sebastian de Atucha
mario.tapia
Norma Calvert
David Redding
Serge Rascle
Carla Brown
Jenny and Phil Letowt