The California Wine Club is partnering with ReCORK.org to “Put a Cork in it” and recycle 20 million wine corks. We would like to offer a great big thank you to Kathreen for allowing us this opportunity to talk about the benefits of natural cork, our collection drive, and also – wait for it – our SWEEPSTAKES!
Natural wine cork is a fascinating resource. Unlike paper, the Cork Oak can be harvested without being felled. Instead, mature cork trees are stripped of their bark, leaving the tree ready for harvest again in about 10 years. And, with a lifespan of up to 120 years, Cork Oak trees are a truly renewable resource, right from the beginning.
Unfortunately, once the cork makes its way into our wine bottles, and subsequently our homes, it is often thrown away, despite the fact that it is renewable. Cork can be recycled, upcycled, “whipped up” and everything in between; shoes, flooring, artwork, and candleholders are just a few of the examples that we have seen.
Links to upcycled/recycled wine cork diy projects:
- Wine cork love heart
- Cork wreath
- Wine cork picture frame
- Wine cork coasters
- Cork boats
- Wine cork bathmat
- Cork planter labels
- Wine cork memo board
All these creative uses for what would otherwise be garbage have inspired us to host a contest! Just post a picture of your cork art project on our Facebook wall, and you’ll be entered to win a FREE membership to The CA Wine Club, which includes three months of home wine deliveries.
If you’re not feeling inspired, but would still like to contribute to our collection drive, simply visit the “Request an Envelope” tab on our Facebook page and fill out the form for your postage-paid envelope. Don’t forget to visit the “Sweepstakes” tab as well, because you shouldn’t have to be a great artist or craftsman/woman to win free things!
If we reach our goal of 20 million corks collected, ReCORK will plant 1,000 Cork Oak trees in the Mediterranean Cork Oak Forest. These trees provide essential income to the families that harvest them, and all you have to do to help is save your corks and send them in!
So let’s drink wine and be green! Next time you pop a cork, set it aside for recycling!
The California Wine Club.