Every year, Americans drink on average, 4.2 billion bottles of wine and 65% of those use natural cork closures. Cork is still the favored option for keeping the wine the bottle--cork allows for the subtle exposure of the wine to oxygen to help it mature, limits the amount of harmful plastics and polymers that might seep into the wine, and is 100% recyclable.

Unlike plastic and metal corks which rarely get recycled and are difficult to handle when they do, cork can be recycled into shoes, flooring, packaging, and other goods that might otherwise be made of plastics. Amazingly, cork harvesting also has a positive effect on our carbon footprint since harvested cork trees fix five times more carbon than unmanaged trees!

This category includes:

While what we take in this category varies by city, here is what is generally included.

Wine corks

Assorted sizes


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