North Bay Business Journal

December 15, 2020Press

Empty isn’t necessarily the end for a beer bottle: Sonoma County’s Conscious Container launches pilot effort to collect, clean, reuse. One-time use bottles of beer, wine and soda could be eliminated if Caren McNamara has her way. Companies stopped reusing bottles on a large scale basis in the United States in the mid-1900s when consumer… Read More


December 4, 2020Press


November 23, 2020Press

Pilot program washes and refills Michelob ULTRA® Pure Gold and Elysian Space Dust IPA bottles Nov. 23, 2020 (SONOMA COUNTY, Calif.) – In partnership with Anheuser-Busch, refillable glass bottle marketplace start-up Conscious Container announces the November 23 launch of “Refill My Beer” ( The ambitious 3-month pilot plans to distribute and collect 16,000 specially labeled… Read More


November 20, 2020Press

Conscious Container Joins the Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE 100

April 28, 2020Blog, Press

Conscious Container is honored and excited to be invited to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 (CE100) Network starting April 28, 2020.  The CE100 Network invites companies and innovators from around the globe to gather in a pre-competitive space to create business solutions designed to accelerate our transition to a circular economy. The… Read More

Nevada Recycles Spotlights Conscious Container

August 14, 2019Press

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s “Nevada Recycles” team took time to interview Conscious Container about our refillable glass bottle program in Northern Nevada and North Tahoe. Working closely with Great Basin Brewing, Conscious Container‘s refillable glass bottle program brings a unique single-use packaging waste source reduction solution to the Battle Born State of Nevada. Read… Read More


August 1, 2019Press

EDIBLE TAHOE-RENO Growing up in a largely waste-free house, Caren McNamara’s upbringing and entrepreneurial spirit drove her to form a business that would have a positive impact on the planet. An awareness that people in nearly every other continent reuse their glass bottles inspired her to investigate the concept in the U.S. A year’s worth… Read More

Conscious Container Strives For Sustainable Bottling

July 19, 2019Press

THIS IS RENO. Caren McNamara gestures to tall stacks of pallets filled with boxed and shrink-wrapped used brown beer bottles as evidence that the business concept driving her startup company, Conscious Container, makes sense. Now the company is preparing to take some big steps to bring the concept into a full-scale reality. Read the full… Read More

The Ripple Effect of Local B Corps

May 16, 2019Press

MOONSHINE INK. North Tahoe businesses place purpose over profit, and the impact reverberates throughout the community. For Conscious Container founder and CEO Caren McNamara, who is still fundraising and conducting collection pilots throughout North Tahoe (in partnership with Truckee Tahoe Sierra Disposal) and at northern Nevada breweries like Great Basin, incorporating as a benefit corporation… Read More