Burdock & Co has just joined the program

June 26th, 2014

We would like to welcome Burdock & Co as the newest participant. Their exceptional wine list is a perfect complement to their great menu. Burdock & Co. serves refined dishes crafted from organic ingredients. Chef Andrea Carlson’s relationship with local suppliers ensures that only the best arrives at the table, whether sourced from one of Vancouver’s nearby farms or a downtown urban garden.

To quote Burdock & Co, “We have chosen to support Naturalist wine-makers, those who challenge the conventions of modern, chemical farming and industrial wine making. Our dedicated evolving wine list represents the best of Naturalist wines available in Vancouver.”

Recycling their used wine corks is a perfect fit with this philosophy on food and wines.

Our continuing efforts to reprocess corks locally will achieve even greater environmental benefits than our original program by nearly eliminating transportation emissions.

New location in Kelowna!

November 13th, 2013

summerhill-pyramid-winery

We want to welcome Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna as our most recent participant in our wine cork recycling program. Previously our northern-most location was the Vinegar Works in Summerland.

Now all you Kelowna wine lovers can return all those corks you’ve been saving much closer to home. And, since you’re already at a great winery, you may want to restock your wine rack!

Summerhill proprietor, Stephen Cipes, started his vineyard with clones he brought from France and personally planted on his hands and knees. The results from his organic farming practices and fine wine making are regularly honoured at international wine competitions — even garnering the gold medal in Champagne France against French Champagnes! Sounds like you owe it to yourself to make a trip to Summerhill Pyramid Winery if you haven’t already been.

Cheers,

Harvesting cork bark

October 31st, 2013

Great video clearly shows the harvesting process. Cork trees are first harvested when they are about 20 years old. They can be reharvested every nine years or so. In this video you’ll see workers painting a large white “9” on the trunk after the bark has been stripped. This is the year (2009) that the tree was harvested, so they can tell when the same trees are ready for the next harvest. The ones shown in this video would be ready again around 2018. This process can be repeated throughout the life of the tree which is about 200 years. Now that’s sustainability.

The Dutch Put a Cork In It!

March 22nd, 2013

We’re not talking about leaky dikes. Lukas van Eeden and Sebastiaan Herbschleb, two young entrepreneurs in Amstardam are launching the Netherlands Put A Cork In It wine cork recycling program. We are sharing our program branding and they are coordinating the Dutch translations and production of the counter-top collection containers. As soon as that is ready they will recruit Amsterdam restaurants that are interested in participating. They’ve started a Facebook page to keep you updated on their progress in the Netherlands.

We will share our insights on communicating the benefits to participants and the public as well as potential up-cycling of the corks and the best transportation logistics based on our 3 years experience.

I love Amsterdam, so now have one more great reason to plan a visit. Dank u veel!

We Welcome Orofino Vineyards!

March 22nd, 2013

courtyard of orofino vineyards in oliver bc, a new participant in the put a cork in it cork recycling programIt should be no surprise that Orofino Vineyards in Cawston, BC was eager to participate in our wine cork recycling program. Founders, John and Virginia Weber are no new-comers to ‘walking the talk’. Visit their vineyards and you may spot evidence of their commitment to sustainability such as their rooftop solar PV and solar water-heating panels atop their straw bale winery building. The 21-inch thick walls provide an R-60 insulation rating — 5 times higher than code requirements.

Aside from their commitment to energy efficiency and sustainable practices, they also make some damn fine wines. You owe it to yourself to sample a few. Details are available on their website: orofinovineyards.com

Welcome aboard Put A Cork In It!

21,000 corks shipped to Industrial Design at ECU

October 4th, 2012

This September, in collaboration with Cork It, we shipped 16.7 cubic feet of corks to Emily Carr University for use in their industrial design faculty’s “New Wood Materials” class. We’re hoping that all the bright young minds in ECU’s Industrial Design program will develop products and processes that allow us to reprocess our recycled corks right here in Vancouver.

The 16.7 cubic feet we provided weighed 92 kg (203 lb) which represented ~21,000 corks. Processing corks here, rather than transporting them to Jelinek in Ontario, is more cost effective and will avoid the emissions resulting from their transport over 4,338 km (2,695 miles). According to the Texas Transportation Institute, shipping this weight over that distance by transport truck would result in 386 pounds of CO2 equivalent emissions —almost twice the weight of the goods being shipped!

So we should not only think about shopping locally, we should also think about recycling locally!

Let’s see what ECU’s best and brightest come up with. We’ll keep you informed.

2012 London pavillion lined with cork

May 8th, 2012

The plans for the Serpentine Gallery’s twelfth summer pavilion designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei have been revealed.

The team have performed an archaeological dig, five-meters deep, and used the shapes of items found in the earth to dictate the form of the hollow build. The complex ground shape is to be cut with cork, because of its natural and versatile qualities.

A floating platform roof, which will be raised about waist-high above the ground will collect rain water to reflect the skies. It can also be drained “like a bath tub” so that dance performances to take place on the roof.

Read the complete story in The Telegraph.

2 New Vancouver North Shore Locations!

April 11th, 2012

We know that Vancouver’s North Shore is home to some of the best-stocked wine cellars and it breaks our hearts to think of all those used wine corks with no where to go.

To remedy the situation, we would like to welcome 2 new participants to the program — Libation Liquor Store in Dundarave and WCS Recycling in North Vancouver. Please see our North & West Vancouver locations map for details.

photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kk/

Put a Cork In It, welcomes Liberty Wine Merchants

February 11th, 2012

We’d like to welcome our newest participant, Liberty Wine Merchants on Commercial Drive!

If you haven’t had a chance to visit, be sure to check out their great new location at 1622 Commercial Drive. Their beautiful new millwork holds a great selection of unique wines. And, in step with reducing their environmental footprint through measures like their energy efficient LED lighting, they are now also collecting your used corks for our program. Check it out and ask them about the benefits of getting a customer number while you’re at it.

Cheers!

 

Best of Vancouver!

September 27th, 2011

Georgia Straight Best of Vancouver 2011While munching a slice of pizza on the Drive last week, my friend said, “Hey, Put a Cork In It is in the Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver list. Check it out!” If you take a look at page 43 or scroll about half way down on their Contributors Picks page you’ll see “Best use of a cork”.

It’s heart-warming to know that, while I’m stock-piling drums of old wine corks and trying to solve technical challenges of remanufacturing them in Vancouver rather than trucking them to Ontario, others think this may be a worthwhile initiative.

I think it is, but sometimes you wonder if you’re more than a little bit crazy for pursuing these schemes! Anyways, thanks for your endorsement and encouragement Georgia Straight. Cheers!