By Sheila Shaigany, Planet Green
Contrary to popular opinion, cork is not endangered. In fact, it’s renewable and helps the environment by encouraging vegetation. It’s just being produced less because there’s less of a demand from the wine industry, who’s turning more and more towards using plastic and metal caps.
So how can we keep cork alive? Consume copious amounts of corked wine, of course! And after you’ve finished that bottle you can do a lot with cork!
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1. Cork’s rough texture makes it a great stopper. Cut your bottle cork into ¼ inch slices or “discs.” Then just glue it onto the bottom surface of large pottery, furniture, or any other slippery object that resides on the ground. It’ll make for a scratch-free floor. You can also glue these discs onto the bottom of potted plants and prevent moisture damage.
2. Since cork’s heat resistant, why not make a trivet? Cork trivets can be really easy to make, especially if you don’t feel like slicing or dicing. Just remove the wooden frame from one of your old picture frames, and glue it onto a piece of cardboard (or even the back of a notebook). Then glue the corks onto the cardboard, using whatever pattern you like. Presto!
3. There are tons of ways to create cork jewelry. If you’re pressed for time, you can make a simple bracelet by stringing cork together with colorful beads-with just a needle and fishing line. Plus, a little piece of cork makes a perfect backing for earrings. I guarantee that you’ll never lose an earring again!
4. If you don’t have the patience for glue guns or fishing line, just recycle your cork. Natural cork is biodegradable and renewable. ReCork America has teamed up with the world’s largest cork producers, Amorim & Irmãos of Portugal, to make recycling easy for you! In addition to participating restaurants and wineries, you can drop off your corks at one of their many nationwide collection locations.
5. Another option is to make cork handles. Since it’s heat resistant, you can use a wine cork as an insulated handle for your pots and pans. Just glue it on! Or you can make handles for your cabinet doors and drawers. To make it extra funky, paint the cork a bright color before gluing it on.
Next Page: 5 More Amazing Ways to Reuse Cork.
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