Over 48,000 corks recycled!

February 2nd, 2015

To date, you have helped us divert over 48,000 wine corks from the solid waste stream. That’s over 48 cubic feet of perfectly reusable cork. Thanks!

We are currently engineering for a jig to use for water jet cutting the recycled corks into uniform thickness ’tiles’ that would be supplied in square foot sheets to apply the same way ceramic floor tiles are installed.

It would be ‘loaded’ similar to the arrangement shown in the image above. The loaded jig would be locked into position for CNC cutting with a high-pressure water jet. Tiles would be quality sorted and then mounted on mesh backing in square foot sheets.

The engineering and prototyping is an expensive process, so we are considering crowd-funding to take this to the production stage. Details to follow!

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.

Wonder how cork stopper are made?

October 31st, 2013

Pretty amazing combination of hi-touch (and hi-risk), hands-on operations combined with some very sophisticated computerized quality control scanning and sorting.