Guest post | Recycle cork

by contributor on 03/09/2011

in Community + Creativity, Green Crafting

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:

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!

Best Wishes,
The California Wine Club.

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1 amy September 3, 2011 at 11:39 am

I’d love to do more with cork, but I don’t drink wine. Is there any organized way to hook wine drinkers up with crafters? Short of posting on Freecycle I don’t know how to get more. (I have a small stash from an arts & crafts upcycling I organized for a school fair, and since nobody else cared, I kept the leftovers.)

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2 Katie September 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Amy, I’d suggest asking your local bars, restaurants and wine shops to save their corks for you.

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