11 ways to reuse and recycle wine corks
Happy New Year! Did you enjoy a few bottles of bubbly over the festive season?
If so, I hope you had real corks and didn’t fall prey to the pesky plastic corks!
Apparently there are 13 billion natural cork wine closures sold into the world market each year. At present, the majority of them end up in landfills which is a waste of a resource because cork is biodegradable, renewable, energy efficient, sustainable, and 100% natural.
If you’ve got a few corks lying around here are 11 ways to reuse or recycle them. Please add your ideas to the comments below!
You can chop corks up finely and add them to your compost heap – the perfect example of turning trash into treasure.
Laithwaites, The UK’s largest mail order and online wine merchant has installed cork recycling bins in its 10 UK stores. The corks are either granulated and used on the company’s vineyard in Reading, or donated to local schools to make corkboards for charity. Find your local Laithwaites wine shop.
Give your corks a new lease of life as a clock. Send your corks to Clorks where they’ll be created into works of art for time to come.
Corks can make cute place card holders at your next dinner party. Cut the corks lengthways, but not all the way through and slot a card into the gap you’ve created. Alternatively glue 2 corks together, side by side, by placing a dab of glue near the bottom. This leaves a groove at the top to insert the place card.
The old favourite – the options available to you for making your own cork board are only limited by your imagination.
How’s this idea for recycled wrapping; imagine one of these wine cork ornaments adorning a gift for a wine lover.
Check local schools, artists or community projects to see if they want corks for any current projects. Apparently the Eden Centre once had huge figurines of animals and humans made entirely from cork!
If you live in the US, send your used corks to Yemm and Hart who will upcycle them into snazzy wine cork tiles. Alternatively contact Recork who are working with companies to make old corks into footwear.
Take inspiration from this beautiful chalk board and you’ll never mislay your shopping list again.
In time for next year, get saving and make yourself a simple cork Christmas wreath.
Erm, make a chair out of them. Well I hope you haven’t been drining *that* much!