Natural cork, the kind used in wine closures, is a perfect choice for recycling. It’s 100% natural, biodegradable and renewable. There is no reason natural wine corks should end up as garbage when recycled cork can become flooring tiles, building insulation, automotive gaskets, craft materials, soil conditioner and sports equipment. Because of a worldwide interest in sustainable agriculture and natural products like cork, an alliance of concerned businesses, individuals, and ecological organizations has been formed to address the opportunities to recycle natural cork closures.
ReCORK has already collected millions of used corks. Check out the ticker at the top of this window to see a running tally of how many have been collected so far. The program is focused on obtaining used and surplus corks from individual consumers, retail and hospitality organizations, winery tasting rooms, bottling lines and quality assurance laboratories. Collection locations are being established with key retailers and restaurants all over North America. A list of current collection locations can be found here. Please note: only natural cork is being accepted. No plastic or metal closures will be accepted.
SOLE has successfully developed a unique cork blend that enhances the material properties of their footwear products, and replaces some of the petroleum-based material with natural cork, a sustainable alternative. These products launched with virgin cork in the Summer of 2010 and the target is to start using ReCORK recycled corks by the Spring of 2011.