I was strolling through a local Whole Foods Market a couple of days ago and saw a big carboard box with Cork ReHarvest on the side. "Hmm," I thought, "what's this?"
Well, it seems that Willamette Valley Vineyards is collecting corks from wine bottles to recycle into molded fiber wine shippers. They've managed to become the first winery in the world to receive FSC Certification. They also want you to recycle their wine bottles, and give a ten-cent credit for each bottle you take back to the winery.
Why should you care? Lots of reasons, most of which I didn't know until I stumbled across that box. For example, there are 6.6 million acres of cork oak forests that support forest biodiversity second only to the Amazon Rainforest. And cork is harvested by stripping bark from cork oaks every 9-12 years; the trees live up to 300 years!
Some vintners are opting to use screw caps and plastic stoppers, but those aren't sustainable options, like cork. Besides, cork allows wine to age naturally in the bottle and is best for wine quality.
Just thought you should know.