MILAGROS

In 1990, founder Tom Bloom drove his old Saab from California to Mexico, where he was swept away by the country's beauty and the bold, colourful art and craftsmanship there. Loving all things Mexican, Tom abandoned his career in academia and returned a year later to set up Milagros.

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The story behind Milagros

AGE OLD TECHNIQUES

Milagros' colourful range of chunky recycled tumblers and wine glasses are hand-blown at a family-run workshop in Oaxaca, South Mexico using Pepsi bottles and other discarded glass.

The bottles and shards are melted down and then mouth blown. Each piece is shaped by hand and eye using techniques that date back thousands of years - and the fact that every piece is a slightly different size and shape is part of its enduring charm! We love that the trace of the maker is captured as the glass solidifies – small ripples and optical distortions are an integral part of the glassware - we like to call it character!

PROMOTING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

It is a myth that recycling glass uses more energy than it saves. Recycling two glass bottles saves the equivalent energy of boiling 5 cups of water - which seems a small saving until you take into account that 2.4 tonnes of glass end up in landfill per year!

Today, Milagros continues to celebrate all things Mexican, and has two shops, one in London's Colombia Road (famous for its beautiful flower market), and the other in Bristol.

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    Milagros offer a colourful range of recycled Mexican tumblers and wine glasses which are hand-blown in a family-run workshop using Pepsi bottles and other discarded glass. The trace of the maker is captured as the glass solidifies – small ripples and optical distortions are an integral part of the glassware and give it its enduring charm.

    Why I Love Milagros

    Milagros was one of my very first suppliers - even before we launched the website in 2007! I've come across many recycled glasses over the years but none have the beautiful handmade quality of the Milagros glasses and the vibrant colours. They are our go to glasses at home too so have been a feature of my life for a long time!

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