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It all starts
with a tree.

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  • Create We design, develop, and manufacture new sustainable products with your cork.
  • Harvest Cork is harvested in a process that is actually good for the trees and increases their lifespan.
  • Bottle Cork is a versatile material with benefits that extend far beyond bottle stoppers.
  • Drink Every year, the equivalent of over 31 billion bottles of wine are consumed worldwide.
  • Recycle With the help of our recycling partners, ReCORK has collected over 70 million corks.
  • Grind We grind the cork we collect to make new items.
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How it
works

ReCORK recycles and repurposes cork with a large network of recycling partners. Recycling your natural wine corks in one of our collection bins ensures that cork is used to replace environmentally harmful, petroleum-based materials in consumer products.

Our recycling program is "plug-and-play" environmentalism, and we need your help to make it work.

Recycle your corks, buy products made from cork, and encourage others to recycle their corks—it's that easy!

Harvest

Cork oak trees are fantastic carbon sinks. They absorb carbon from the air we breathe and lock it away in their bark. When the time comes to harvest the bark of the tree, which is what wine corks are made of, it is done so by hand only every nine years. This process causes no environmental damage and not a single tree gets get cut down.

Harvesting a cork oak tree's bark can extend the tree's lifespan to over 300 years. Every time a cork oak is harvested, it begins to regenerate its bark again. This process is also great for for the planet as more carbon is taken out of the atmosphere and locked away in its new bark.

The harvesting of a cork oak is one of the finest examples of traditional, sustainable land use. Cork oak forests are harvested for generations and cover nearly 2.7 million hectares of Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia, and France.

Bottle

We have partnered with many vineyards who bottle their wines with natural cork. They know that recycling their corks goes a long way to making a positive environmental impact.

When you reach for a bottle, look for one with a natural cork. Buying bottles with natural cork promotes cork harvesting, which extends the lifespan of cork trees and supports the conservation over 6.7 million acres of ecologically sensitive cork forests. Find wines that use natural cork at recork.org/corkwatch.

Drink

Every year, the equivalent of over 31 billion bottles of wine are consumed worldwide. Too many of the corks used as stoppers in these bottles are thrown away and litter our landfills.

Choose wines that are bottled with natural cork stoppers and recycle your corks at any ReCORK drop-off location when you are finished with them.

Become a part of the change, one cork at a time.

Recycle

With the help of our thousands of partners across North America, we have collected over 70 million natural wine corks. But we're just getting started.

Drop off your natural wine corks at your nearest ReCORK Collection Partner to give them a second life.

Grind

We grind down the cork we collect and develop new products. This material can be used in a wide variety of products, replacing environmentally harmful foams and plastics otherwise used.

Create

Cork is an extremely versatile material with benefits that extend far beyond being great bottle stoppers. Cork's naturally durable, moisture-wicking, lightweight and rot-resistant qualities make it perfect for repurposing into a wide variety of eco-friendly products. Check out our 100% recycled cork products here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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