You like to drink the occasional bottle of vino, and if you are like my wife as opposed to me, you like the stuff that comes in a glass bottle rather than a can. (I kid, do they even make wine in a can?) Nothing wrong with that as long as you’re responsible, right? You can recycle the glass bottle, which is infinitely recyclable, but what about that darn cork? As long as it’s natural, it’ll biodegrade in a landfill over time, but there’s no benefit to that, and it certainly doesn’t help the depletion of cork forests. If only there were a way to recycle it, or better yet, upcycle it.
Well hold on to your hats dear vinophile, because your prayers have been answered. Thanks to companies like Recork, the answer to your problems lies only a post office or drop off box away. Recork will take back your natural corks, and make them into new shoe treads for a company called Sole. How cool is that? You can send your corks in (they’ll send you a free mailing label for 15 lbs or more), or better yet, you can find a drop off in your area and turn them in as you use them. According to their website, to date, they have upcycled over 8 million corks and planted over 2000 trees (they do that too).
Of course Recork isn’t the only company doing this, a simple google search comes up with more than a few sites that turn your wine stoppers into everything from shoes to flooring and beyond. Regardless of who you use, the important thing is to keep those corks out of the landfill and put them to some good use.