by Paullette Gaudet

Wine Cork Recylcing_blogsizeCorkscrew Karma: After all of the corks are popped on a good night of wine-drinking, hit PAUSE before tossing them into the trashcan—instead, consider donating them to one of the eco-conscious, nation-wide wine cork recycling companies that have, um…popped up recently.

How it works: Donated corks are gathered at designated collection sites and then transported to participating locations where they are ground up to be used for other products (not, however, new wine corks). The goal of wine recycling organizations is to increase demand for the renewable, sustainable resource of cork (Mediterranean cork forests are not, in fact, endangered) while educating consumers about non-biodegradable screw caps and plastic wine stoppers.

Where to donate: Whole Foods Market features wine cork donation boxes nationwide in the US, Canada, and the UK; www.corkforest.org and www.recork.org can provide more information on other US donation locations.

So drink up, and help sustain the Mediterranean cork forests while you’re at it!