Love Corks? Recycle Them! Here’s How
Bunny on a Bottle Stopper
I love cork everything: wine corks, cork boards, cork flooring, cork coasters, etc. So when I got this email about a big cork recycling drive here in the United States, I just knew I had to share it with you:
My name is Katie, and I’m reaching out to you on behalf of The California Wine Club and their “Put a Cork in it” collection drive. The CWC, in partnership with ReCORK.org, is hoping to collect, recycle and repurpose 20 million wine corks by September 30th. If our goal is reached, ReCORK will celebrate the accomplishment by planting 1,000 cork oak trees in the Mediterranean cork oak forest.
We are currently reaching out to minimalist bloggers like yourself to help us spread the word. Your readers will be able to unclutter their homes, enter to win prizes, and help upcycle what would otherwise be garbage.
We hope that you will endorse our collection drive, and in exchange for your help, we will happily promote your blog through our multiple social media channels.
Here is a link to our official Press release: http://news.yahoo.com/california-wine-club-asks-wine-drinkers-put-cork-100238141.html
Below are links to our social pages. Please let us know if we can provide you with any additional details.
Thank you for your support.
Cork is one of nature’s original renewable resources. I’m excited that the California Wine Club is planning to start growing cork trees in this country, and it will be interesting to see how well they do. Cork trees grow in big forests in southwest Europe and northwest Africa, and Portugal alone produces fifty percent of the cork used in wine bottles and other items. The forests are so dense that it is difficult to penetrate with trucks and machinery, so much of the harvest is done by hand.
Cork as we know it is the bark of the Cork Oak tree. Each tree lives to be about two hundred years old. It is considered mature at around twenty five years of age; that’s when its bark can be harvested, every ten to fifteen years. The bark is carefully removed from the trunk in planks. These planks are then die cut for bottle stoppers, and the remainder is processed into things like cork tile. Nothing is wasted. The tree is not harmed, and is left alone to grow another thick layer of bark. It’s a process that is carefully regulated.
Cork is still the best bottle stopper for wine, especially red wine. Natural cork allows oxygen to interact with wine for proper aging. Some wine producers have switched to synthetic corks or screwtops, but these are still only acceptable for cheaper wines. Natural cork is more environmentally responsible in the production stage, is recyclable, and has a significantly smaller carbon footprint than either plastic or aluminum.
Now there are ways to recycle old corks into cork flooring and other items, giving this natural product yet another use. Did you know that the different colors of cork tile, for instance, are created by how long the tiles are baked? No dyes are used! No trees are killed! Gotta love the stuff. It’s got natural insulation qualities, and it’s super resilient. Once a favorite of architects and interior designers, it seems to be making a big–and well-deserved–comeback.
Spread the word and send in those corks!