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!

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!


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!

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.

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/

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!