I have my little tradition every Earth Day. Since all natural cork is 100% renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, I save all the natural corks from the bottles of wine I drink at my house throughout the year. Then, on April 22nd, I raise a glass to small steps like cork recycling and bring my corks to a drop box.
Interested in recycling your corks as well? There are two leading cork recycling organizations here in the US: Cork Reharvest, which has partnered with Whole Foods stores, and ReCork, which is sponsored by Amorim of Portugal, the world’s largest producer of natural cork wine closures. You can easily find a ReCork drop off location near you on their website but in D.C., the public collection partners include hotels like Topaz, restaurants like Bistro Lepic (one of my favourite French restaurant in the city!), wine shops (Weygandt Wine, Wide World of Wines and Schneider of Capitol Hill) or businesses like Living Social (7th street location).
Of course, you can also get some inspiration on pinterest for some crafty do-it-yourself cork projects. Either way, just don’t drop your corks in the garbage can. They can be re-used or recycled. On that note, let’s raise a glass (of wine preferably) to Earth Day!