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Cork Facts


Got Wine? Put a Cork in it! For all you wine drinkers out there, a steady increasing demographic in the U.S., the facts below are to help encourage you to stick with corked wines. They may even inspire you to have a wine party!

  • Cork is a natural, renewable, recyclable and biodegradable material that is obtained through an environmentally friendly harvesting process
  • Trees are not cut down to harvest cork, rather the bark is hand harvested every nine years. Cork oak trees can live up to 200 years.
  • The cork forests extend over 6 million acres across Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.
  • Containing on of the world’s highest levels of forest biodiversity, this region supports ecosystem services including air quality, climate (e.g. CO2 sequestration), and prevention of erosion.
  • Screw caps and plastic closures are not made from sustainable products, are not recycled in the US and are not biodegradable.
  • Cork oak trees store carbon in order to regenerate their bark, and a harvested cork oak tree absorbs up to five time more than one that is not.

The Cork Forest Conservation Alliance has a great website with more cork facts. They also have a campaign to encourage wine drinkers to recycle their corks at certain participating locations, including all Whole Food stores.

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