Corks

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Plastic Corks: Too Small to Recycle

Many synthetic corks are made out of plastic #7, but unfortunately are too small to be recovered by sorting equipment, so they go in the trash.

Composting Natural Corks

You can compost natural corks, but they will take a long time to break down unless you break them up into small pieces first, or even better, run them through a blender.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

Cork ReHarvest Drop Boxes

The Cork Forest Conference Alliance collects and recycles natural corks in drop boxes in every Whole Foods in the US, Canada and the UK, as well as other locations. Find out more.

ReCORK Recycling Program

ReCORK collects natural corks from businesses and individuals, and then gets them reused in packaging and products, including cork shoes. Find out more.

Ways to Reuse

Hydrate Your Plants

Break up a wine cork and add the pieces to the soil of your potted plants to reduce the rate of water evaporation during hot summer days.

Did You Know?

Harvesting Cork Actually Saves Cork Trees

The myth of the endangered cork tree has become so popular that consumers have made a major switch to buying wine bottles that don’t use cork stoppers. But it’s the switch that’s actually harmful: cork trees are renewable, and cork forests support a high level of biodiversity. Without interest in the cork industry, these forests aren’t being protected. The World Wildlife Fund recommends always purchasing wine with natural cork stoppers. Find out more about the effort to save cork trees.