We’ve been taking a look at some of the wineries that "give back" to various charities, helping to make the world a better place. While this is an admirable part of any effective business plan, it doesn’t absolve the user of these products of at least some responsibility in making sure that the wine industry is sustainable on their end. That, dear reader, means you can (and should) be involved in "giving back," which in the case of today’s article literally means giving back — your corks, that is.
While wine corks come from a renewable resource, the bark of a specific type of oak tree, it takes years for the bark to grow thick enough to be suitable for use. And while cork is of course biodegradable, there are many uses for recycled corks that help keep them out of the waste stream, and reduces the pressure on our natural cork forests. Efforts to recycle wine corks will ultimately allow for the production of higher quality wine corks with a lower carbon footprint for the industry as a whole, and that of course is a good thing. So give your corks to one of these processors, or at least think of ways to reuse your corks with one of our crafty suggestions.
Gregory Dal Piaz, Snooth