Deneen Pottery mugs now being fired in solar-powered kilns
By Shannon Sweeney — / Death Wish Coffee Blog
The people responsible for making our famous Deneen Pottery mugs are now using solar-powered kilns. The St. Paul, Minnesota-based family business recently installed 400 rooftop panels thanks to All Energy Solar at their facility, reducing their dependence on electricity without sacrificing the quality of their hand-thrown mugs.
Death Wish Coffee has partnered with Deneen Pottery for the last four years to create dozens of works of art — they're designed to commemorate something specific about each mug and named to make them memorable. Since we partnered with Deneen, we've made more than 80,000 mugs.
Photo source: All Energy Solar
Deneen Pottery has gone through a number of changes since its founding in 1972 to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
"Our approach has always been to 'leave it better than we found it,'" Niles Deneen, the current CEO the company, told the St. Paul Monitor. "Of necessity, we have to ship our products, but we've chosen to use biodegradable packing peanuts made of water-soluble starch and recyclable packing paper and corrugated boxes."
Even though Deneen has made vast technological and environmental changes since its founding, they're dedicated to keeping their mugs handmade. Right now, they have a team of 80 craftspeople that make between 2,300 and 2,500 mugs daily.
That includes our next Deneen mug, made with our Industrial Logo and in a never-been-done-before color called denim — because what's better than a pair of well-fitting jeans and a strong cup of Joe?
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