Ever wonder what to do with the natural corks from your wine bottles, besides throw them in the trash? They are biodegradable, but that takes years in a landfill. There has to be a better way!
I was always curious myself. Whenever I would have a glass of wine or two or three (oh dear, now the bottle is empty!), I would always have a little bit of guilt inside me.
No, not because I drank all that wine, but because I didn’t know what to do with those darn corks! It was so frustrating to me. I love to recycle, upcycle or even downcycle. but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what to do with them. So I Googled and searched the internet to find out what an “eco-friendly wine-drinking gal” like myself could do to avoid putting them in the trash!
ReCork takes your corks and upcycles them into new creations such as shoes. “Your corks will be used to replace petroleum-based material in SOLE and other Re-Use Partners’ products and packaging, and extend the useful life of your wine corks.” How friggin’ neat is that? Pretty nifty, in my books!
And the kicker is, they pay for the shipping of quantities weighing 15 lb or more. I know, I know, 15 lb is a lot of cork, but everyone has friends, right? Collect all your corks and ship them together! All you have to do is pack your natural wine corks up in a box, request a prepaid packaging tag and head off to the post office to be part of the shoe-making magic! Or you can find a drop-off location in your area.
Here’s an interesting fact about the company: as of now, they have collected 16, 605,360 corks and planted 5,874 trees. Now that is impressive!
Yemm & Hart is another company that takes in your wine corks. They transform them into floor tiles. Yes, floor titles. I would love to get my hands on a cork floor, please. Wouldn’t it be a party for your feet? All you have to do is mail them your wine corks. You pay the shipping. However, they offer free samples of their tiles. That’s cool! I guess I could get my dream floor piece-by-piece.
If mailing out your corks is just too much work for you, compost the suckers. When I say compost, I don’t mean put them in the trash so they will decompose, silly! A home composter will isolate the C02 and make for some awesome soil!
Now, if you don’t mind, I am going to sit, relax and have a glass of guilt-free wine!
*I did not receive any compensation and was not asked in anyway by either company to write this blog post. This was all done by my own free will. However, if someone wants to send me a free floor or a nice bottle of vegan organic wine, I would not say no.
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