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Weekly Tips | November 15, 2010

Uncork and Recycle!


‘Tis the season for holiday parties, family gatherings and raising a toast with friends! If your special event involves wine or champagne, consider collecting your natural corks and drop them off to be recycled. Drop-off locations include Boxwood in Seattle, the Vineyard Wine Shop in Greenwood and DeLille Cellars in Woodinville. Natural (as opposed to plastic) corks are collected locally by ReCork and recycled into shoe components, flooring, gaskets, bulletin boards and sports equipment. Recycling cork is a great way to keep a natural resource out of the landfill!

 

Resources: ReCork | ReCork Drop-Off Locations | SOLE | Boxwood | Vineyard Wine Shop | DeLille Cellars

 

The Big Picture

According to ReCork, approximately 13 billion natural cork wine stoppers are produced for the global wine industry every year(1). Of these, 1 billion are used in the US(2). By recycling cork through drop-off programs, you can extend the life of this sustainable resource. P.S. Happy America Recycles Day!

 

Sources: (1) ReCork FAQ | (2) CBS Business Network “Napa’s Unusual Cork Harvest” 8/2007 | PricewaterhouseCoopers/ECOBILAN Wine Stopper LCA

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