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Donna says ...
I'm wondering if only natural cork is accepted in these bins, or are plastic ones acceptable too?
04/07/2010 5:02:42 PM CDT
Donna says ...
And by plastic, I mean the rubbery synthetic kind that sort of look like cork.
04/07/2010 5:04:20 PM CDT
H. Page Skelton; Sr. says ...
Excellent idea! Here's an even better idea: Why don't we take this recycling program one step further by donating some of the corks to the sustainable sport fishing movement? (Believe it or not, lots of recreational anglers are part-time conservationist and Whole Foods lovers, too!) The Booze Bait Fishing Lure Co. - we're the folks who make the original recycled wine cork & beer cap fishing lures - are calling for restaurants, bars, and individual adult beverage consumers to donate their discarded wine corks and beer bottle caps for "repurposing" into fishing lures that are made mostly with recycled parts. You can get more details about our recycled wine cork & beer bottle cap fishing lures at www.BoozeBait.com Individuals donors can even get a FREE Booze Bait lure by donating to us directly! To learn about our free Cork & Cap Lure Exchange Program, go here: http://www.boozebait.com/free.htm And, if you are truly serious about sustainability, you - the nice folks at Cork Harvest and Whole Foods - are more than welcome to contact me directly via the "contact" page on our website re. possible partnership arrangements, etc. You can also learn about the sustainable sport fishing movement from our good friends at www.RecycledFish.org. Thanks & kindest regards, H. Page Skelton, Sr. President Booze Bait Fishing Lure Co. P.O. Box 4901 Chapel Hill, NC 27515 www.BoozeBait.com "Reduce. Recycle. Reel one in!"
04/07/2010 5:06:04 PM CDT
Ping says ...
I had no idea corks should be put in the recycle bin! Who knew? I will make sure, from here on, to save and give my corks to WFM. Thanx!
04/07/2010 5:12:02 PM CDT
Jens Zorn says ...
John Pollack's boat, referenced by Don Snethen, above, was built from 165,000 corks that he had collected with the help of many friends. Boat was built in the US, shipped to Portugal, where John and crew (including State Senator Lana Pollack and Nobel-prize co-winner Henry Pollack, his mom & dad) sailed it down the Duoro river. John, a native of Ann Arbor, was on Bill Clinton's staff as a speechwriter. see http://tinyurl.com/y8akemc
04/07/2010 9:34:11 PM CDT
vaughnm says ...
Currently we are only able to accept natural cork in our ReHarvest bins. Thanks!
04/08/2010 8:47:06 AM CDT
hsiaw says ...
Only natural corks are accepted by Cork ReHarvest.
04/08/2010 8:52:19 AM CDT
hsiaw says ...
@Karen You can contact the folks at Cork ReHarvest directly about how to become a partner with a dropbox location. Thanks! http://www.corkreharvest.org/contact_us.php
04/08/2010 8:55:38 AM CDT
Barbara Faustine says ...
What a wonderful idea! I love the fact that now I have a politically correct place to dispose the corks! I will get a separate bin ASAP and begin collecting, then take to my local Whole Foods each week. Thank you
04/08/2010 7:47:04 PM 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
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
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
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
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
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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