April 1, 2010

Put a Cork In It

Does it sometimes feel like that last bottle of wine only brought you a whole heap of trouble and a headache the next day? Well, in the spirit of turning lemons into lemonade, you can make last night’s overindulgence into this morning’s good deed.

If you have one or two (or four or five) real corks on your hands the morning after, a recycling program called ReCORK is ready and willing to take them off you. Why? Because it turns out those corks can, with a little ingenuity, be turned into shoes. Seriously.

Here’s how it works. You, the cab/champagne/cava/pino lover, can donate your corks to a ReCORK location in your area. The bottle stoppers are then given to SOLE, a leading manufacturer of footwear products, which then grinds them up and turns them into footwear. There are hundreds of ReCORK locations across the country – you can find them at liquor stores, wineries, markets, wine merchants, and restaurants.

To find a ReCORK location near you, click here. Given that you shouldn’t be dumping your used corks in the recycling (busted!), and that it’s a shame to send them off to a landfill, it’s really a pretty obvious thing to do.

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