"Cork harvesting is an environmentally-friendly process during which not a single tree is cut down. Synthetic and screw top closures are more harmful to the environment because they use more energy in production and are oil-based products." -World Wildlife Fund, May 15, 2006.
The sustainable harvesting of Mediterranean cork oak forests actually protects the area’s biodiversity and provides a vital source of income for more than 100,000 people in the cork-producing countries of Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia and France. The increase in the market share of plastic corks and screwtops threatens to reduce the economic value of cork forests and could lead to its conversion to other uses, abandonment, degradation, and finally loss. Real cork is sustainable.
Hayden’s Liquor, 700 N Carolina Ave SE, is collecting natural wine corks to send to Yemm and Hart to make wine cork tiles. Buy wine with natural wine corks and recycle your corks at Hayden’s.
P.S. The first 5+ pound box of corks is now making its way to Yemm and Hart!