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Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Environmental Tuesday: Recycling Wine Corks

Becky

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Yes, at random, Environmental Tuesday is back. As I’ve been decluttering, I have not been able to toss out the mason jars full of wine corks I’ve collected for years. I never really intended on making a corkboard out of them (though this is a good idea and a great way to recycle them), but I could not bring myself to add them to a landfill even though I was trying to purge clutter like crazy. Perhaps I sensed that there was somewhere out there that would take them all along, because…

…There is a great new organization called ReCORK by Amorim that combines two of my favorite things, WINE AND SHOES! They want your used corks. Started California wine country in 2008, ReCORK is partnering with restaurants, wineries and airlines to collect used corks so that they can be reused in products like floor tiles, building insulation, automotive gaskets, craft materials, soil conditioner and sports equipment…and SHOES! In particular, they have partnered with a shoe manufacturer called SOLE to make shoes out of the wine corks.

A quick glance at how it works: Check the ReCORK site for drop-off areas in your city and take your corks. If you don’t have a drop off area, ReCORK will send you a shipping tag, however, in order to keep carbon footprint down and not erase all of their good efforts, they want 15 pounds of corks at a time. Atlanta, even though I first read about ReCORK in the AJC, according to the site, we don’t have any drop off centers yet! Atlanta restauranteurs and wine shop owners, how about it? You may sign up just to recycle your own corks, or to be a collection partner, so that people can drop off their corks with you.

By the way, if you have any green resources or ideas you’d like us to spread the word about, please let me know in the comments section. I’d love to revive this series.

all images via ReCORK.org

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!

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  1. Leigha says:

    July 21st, 2010 at 10:30 am (#)

    Clever. I like it.

  2. T H says:

    July 27th, 2010 at 10:37 am (#)

    Whole Foods also has cork collection bins:
    http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2010/04/cork-reharvest/

  3. maven says:

    July 27th, 2010 at 12:05 pm (#)

    Glad to hear that more people are realizing the value of cork recycling. I have been in the restaurant/catering business for years and have been recycling all of the corks with Yemm & Hart. They turn them into amazing flooring tiles. Go to http://www.yemmhart.com to check them out.
    Also, Whole Foods has recently started recycling corks.

  4. Becky says:

    July 27th, 2010 at 12:18 pm (#)

    Maven, thanks for the info. I was wondering why Whole Foods was not all over this, and I’m glad to see that I was wrong, they are! I need to dump all of mine in a shopping tote and head down there!

    Becky

  5. LONKATH says:

    October 6th, 2010 at 12:49 pm (#)

    I just wondering ,Could you give some ideas How do you do recycled “used wine cork” ?
    What`s the process ?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Lonkath student of UCk

  6. Becky says:

    October 6th, 2010 at 2:26 pm (#)

    Hi Lonkath-

    I suggest trying Whole Foods – I’ve heard that they take them.

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