Sunday, November 4, 2012

Choose Real Cork!

At church this morning I saw that they were collecting corks, and as I have a few, I was curious what they do with them. I went home and pulled up this website, which I found educational and fascinating.  This program helps to educate the public about the negative environmental impact that screw caps and plastic closures have to our planet. And how choosing wine with real cork creates jobs and helps the environment.  They also give drop off sites for recycling cork.

Here are some of the things I learned:

-  Current testing indicates that wine taint from bottles closed with natural cork, is down to 1% there is no quality benefit to using an alternative closure. When given the opportunity to choose a sustainable, renewable, recyclable and quality closure, cork is and should be the number one choice.

-  Cork is a 100% natural, renewable, recyclable and biodegradable material that is obtained through an environmentally friendly harvesting process.

-  Based upon current estimates there is enough cork to close all wine bottles produced in the world, for the next 100 years. The cork forests are now being more sustainably managed than ever before in their history and new planting is always ongoing.

-  Whole Foods is one of the donation sites for corks!


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