Attention wine afficionados, wine connoissueurs, and winos: You can recycle your corks!
Posted Sep 13 2008 11:53pm
Whatever you call yourself, if you love wine and love to recycle, have no fear, there are places to send your wine corks to be remade into something new, so to speak.
Why is this important? Since it takes 25 years for a cork tree to be ready for cork harvesting and that a cork tree can only be harvested every 6 to 9 years, cork is not a sustainable material at the current pace of consumption. Hence, it makes sense to recycle used wine corks when they are easily recyclable.
So, the next cork you pop from that great bottle of Chardonnay may end up on the floor you walk on (pictured from Yemm and Hart's site). Yemm & Hart Wine Cork Recycling will take back your used corks and turn it into cork tiles. If you have never set foot on a floor made of cork, it is really a nice material. To find out how you can recycle your cork, save the Cork Montados (the cork savannahs that preserved help stave off desertification in Southern Europe), check out the Yemm & Hart Wine Cork Recycling site.
But wait, there's more!
This site is less specific on how they use the corks, but Korks 4 Kids also accepts your used corks.
So here's to the good bottle of wine and that cork that now has a higher purpose!