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Cheryl says ...
I've been on a waiting list to recycle cork for over a year. Now, I have a place to take them. Thank you, Whole Foods!
04/10/2010 7:00:38 AM CDT
Mariam says ...
This is awesome. What about the corks that are not made of natural material, what can we do with them? Can they be recycled some how? I have a bunch of those as well!
04/10/2010 12:49:30 PM CDT
Jenny M says ...
Hi, I was wondering whether this is available at every Whole Foods? Thanks! Jenny
04/10/2010 7:51:52 PM CDT
Junko says ...
Great idea! Finally I do not feel guilty to cook coq au vin more often. Thank you.
04/10/2010 8:39:05 PM CDT
Charmaine says ...
I go through hundreds at Flatbread Company in Bedford and often give them away but always have more than people want.
04/10/2010 8:55:53 PM CDT
kathleen says ...
You can also make a trivet out of them by either stringing them on wire or wiring together or getting a band from the hardware store that you can screw down into a tight circle of cork...Sorry don't know what that metal band with slots and as you screw it it gets tighter is called.
04/11/2010 4:50:30 PM CDT
Sam says ...
Cool. I kept the cork for my friend so that she used them for design work. Now I have this option to recycle it as well.. Thanks!
04/12/2010 10:41:42 AM CDT
Vilia says ...
This is great! Now I have a reason to drink more wine!
04/12/2010 4:21:47 PM CDT
Reinaldo J. Inaga says ...
It is a very interesting article about cork.Good for you.
04/12/2010 5:55:50 PM CDT
Cory Pacheco says ...
I think this is a great idea! I have saved corks for YEARS not knowing what to do with them!....it will feel good to know that we can make a difference with recycling. Thank you!
04/13/2010 12:42:15 AM CDT
Bob Borowick says ...
I agree with most recycling efforts but this doesn't make much sense. You tell us ho great natural cork production is for the enviroment, less cork production equils more carbon in the air. Plant more cork oak trees rather than recycle corks. Recycle wine bottles and rehab wino's.
04/14/2010 8:11:11 AM CDT
hsiaw says ...
Hey Bob, here's some info from Patrick Spencer, Director of Cork ReHarvest: The cork industry has lost over 40% of it business to synthetic closures and screw caps. By recycling the cork we remove billions on natural corks from our landfills and raise awareness about the importance of saving the Mediterranean cork forests and the negative environmental impact of screw caps and synthetic closures.
04/14/2010 12:11:16 PM CDT
Cathi says ...
Thanks for thinking of the cork trees!
04/14/2010 5:59:30 PM CDT
Joan says ...
It's important NOT to buy wine with synthetic corks. I read several years ago that, because of increasing use of the synthetic corks, old-growth cork oak trees were being cut down as they no longer needed them.
04/14/2010 6:20:06 PM CDT
Mary Beth says ...
Thanks so much. I am so glad to read about your cork recycling program. I have boxes of corks that I refuse to throw in the landfill. I have done all the little crafty things I can think of and still have loads. Not willing to give up my wine though.
04/14/2010 9:14:33 PM CDT
Dana says ...
Is there anywhere we can take the plastic corks that are so popular now?
04/15/2010 9:50:40 AM CDT
Diane says ...
This is sooo cool! I have so many corks I have saved and now know they will have a good new, sustainable home. Bravo
04/15/2010 10:18:07 AM CDT
Amy says ...
Woo hoo! Finally, a way to recycle corks locally. Way to go Whole Foods and Cork Reharvest! I'll pass the news along to all of my eco-conscious friends and family
04/15/2010 10:47:16 AM CDT
hsiaw says ...
Plastic corks are recyclable as well. Check w/ your municipal recycling center to see if they accept them.
04/15/2010 3:28:48 PM CDT
Annie says ...
I am delighted you are recycling corks. I always wanted to make a cork wall, but I don't think that will happen. I wish I could make a Christmas house like you had in your main store, but that also is not in my future. Recycling is a nice alternative!
04/18/2010 5:28:54 PM CDT
Mary B says ...
Thanks for doing this and making it easy for us to recycle them! In the past I was only aware of a place you could mail them off to for recycling. I'm going to share this info with lots of people.
05/01/2010 1:53:10 PM CDT
Edythe says ...
My store in Marlton, NJ knows nothing at all about this - sure felt funny dragging in my truckload of corks to recycle.
05/11/2010 11:34:44 AM CDT
paig292 says ...
Sorry about that! I'll ask the program coordinator to connect with your store.
05/11/2010 2:34:18 PM CDT
Sue says ...
Love it!
05/20/2010 5:46:28 AM CDT
Anne Altor says ...
That's awesome. I'm very happy to hear about this service Whole Foods is providing. Do you have plans for an artificial cork recycling program as well? Thanks!
05/20/2010 7:09:22 AM CDT

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