The cork in your wine bottle probably comes from forests in Southern Portugal. Many people are concerned that the increased use of plastic “corks” and screw tops are going to undermine the biodiversity of the region. Lots of good information about the lives of these 200 year old trees can be found at rainforestalliance.com.
I can’t tell you how excited I am that I found a place to send my corks! With so many corks being pulled around here each week , it was driving me crazy that I had to put them in the landfill. Yemm & Hart to the rescue! (I also read that Opus Restaurant is even participating.) It’s easy. At my house, I put two attractive decorative bowls next to the wine refrigerator, one for real cork and one for synthetics. Open the wine, drop the cork into the right bowl and dump the bowls into a shipping box when it’s full.
What should I do with the synthetic ones, though? Any ideas?