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!


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,

Houzz lists 18 great cork ideas

May 15th, 2013
Eclectic Kitchen Tile by Aptos Tile Stone And Countertop Modwalls

The great house design resource site — houzz.com just posted this great collection of 18 cork products that range from crafty to chic and functional to fanciful. Several utilize recycled wine stoppers and one includes the cork ’tile’ application we would like to manufacture here in Vancouver. Check it out. I’m sure you’ll see something that will pique your interest. Then you can follow the link to the source.

 


Pointillism alive and well in London

May 7th, 2013

50th year tribute to marilyn monroe created from wine corksThe neo-impressionists may have used paint, but Conrad Engelhardt prefers wine corks as his medium. His recent works in The Other Art Fair — billed as London’s leading artist-led fair — included pieces such as his 50th year tribute to Marilyn Monroe.

Conrad’s colour palette is comprised exclusively of the natural colours imparted to the cork by the wines. The resulting artworks range in colour from deep burgundies to soft, warm hi-lites. Combine those colours with nudes — one of his favourite subjects — and you’ll understand the inspiration for show titles such as “Full Bodied: An Art Tasting” at the Hoxton Gallery At the Arch in January, 2013.

For more information on the artist, please visit his website: corkbycork.com

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!