Centre-pieces for the wedding tables

June 15th, 2015

Ashlee Parras used her recycled corks to fill different height glass cylinders and perched LED ‘tea lights’ on top of them. Stylishly simple! Thanks for sharing Ashlee.

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!

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.

More Products From Creative Corkworks

June 10th, 2014

 

It’s difficult to keep up with the product ideas coming from Raelene Rozander’s Creative Corkworks.

 

 

Tired of pulling your favourite necklace from a tangled knot in your jewellery box? Perhaps you need the mirror with a cork surround that you can hang your necklace from and pin your ear studs into. Need to quickly pick your flash drive from the others in that tech-tangle on your desktop? The drive fitted into a hollowed out wine cork is easy to spot.

Raelene’s products can be found in a few wineries and a campground in Summerland BC; the Penticton Wine & Tourism Center; and the Penticton Art Gallery.
See Raelene’s creations on her Etsy page, or check out her Creative Corkworks facebook page.

 

Wine cork coasters by Vancouver Island crafter

March 10th, 2014

coasters made from recycled wine corksVancouver Island crafter, Raelene Rozander, is making these great coasters from our recycled wine corks. Raelene grew up in the Okanagan, so has a natural affinity to all things wine and it shows in her work. She has just launched an Etsy page, so take a look and see what she’s up to. Or check out her Creative Corkworks facebook page.

Looks to me like a slightly larger of these would be perfect for trivets. Do I hear product line expansion?!


Annie puts her heart into her work

March 4th, 2014

heart shaped wall hanging from recycled wine corksVancouver crafter, Annie Vandergaag, is passionate about her craft. So it’s little wonder that she puts her heart into her work.

Great colour transition from top to bottom in this lovely wall hanging. The corks are bound together with hemp cord and the colour is achieved simply by grouping corks with similar natural wine staining.

Annie says, “So I made five of the cork hearts, and after some practice and reshaping, I’m very happy with the final projects! You can see I’ve used hemp to line the corks and make them able to hold. Enjoy!”

Annie, thanks for sharing. Cheers!


Buy recycled wine corks on-line

December 12th, 2013

Now you can buy boxes of 100 or boxes of 1,000 recycled wine corks on-line for delivery to Canadian destinations. We can also ship to destinations outside Canada. Please email us to make arrangements.

box of 100 recycled wine corks for purchase on-line

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.

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.