CO2 Released by artificial stoppers
CO2 retained by cork stoppers
Isn’t it true that producers of icon wines such as Penfold Grange and even French premier cru wines Domaine des Baumard are doing trials of wines under screwcaps and some have already made the switch. When they change surely the market is lost to cork?
It would be surprising if good winemakers chose to completely ignore new products available in the market. However, as Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago has said, screwcaps must prove they can perform well over decades and still allow the wine to develop the characters wine-lovers value.
Winemakers should do due diligence and when they do we are confident they will recognise the value cork can add to their wines, a value that has been proven over centuries.
Why recycle cork stoppers?
Environmental motivation is one of the most important factors in recycling. Cork stoppers absorb CO2 particles that have been retained by the bark of the cork oak. If they are decomposed or incinerated, they release the CO2 into the atmosphere, thus contributing to global warming. Recycling enables the CO2 retention capacity of cork to be extended. In each tonne of cork stoppers, around 1.07 tonnes of CO2 is retained, which, once they have been recycled, this capacity is ensured forever, as the reuse of this raw material is unlimited.
On the other hand, by recycling used cork stoppers you are also contributing to enabling the reuse of a raw material and the decrease of the costs associated with the production of other high added-value products.
A toast to cork!
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El Corte Inglés hosts Ervideira's worldwide launch of Helix08/09/2014
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El Corte Inglés hosts Ervideira's worldwide launch of Helix30/07/2014
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Veuve Clicquot Cave Privée25/07/2014
350 bottles of Champagne were submerged into the sea at a depth of 43 m, in total darkness and a constant water temperature of around 4-6°C
Metamorphosis: Innovation and Creativity15/07/2014
The result of a process of research and development around the cork potential
At drinks retailing awards at London15/07/2014
Cork to create a unique dress, created by the renowned designer Kevin Freeman
Cork synonymous with quality15/07/2014
Consumer surveys show that consistently and in different markets – USA, Australia, Germany and China – the cork stopper is a powerful selling point
A Cork Comeback08/10/2013
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Amorim and O-I Launch Wine Packaging Innovation17/06/2013
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Cork used in state-of-the-art Siemens metro07/01/2013
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Seal of Sustainability awarded to Corticeira Amorim25/09/2012
Corticeira Amorim acknowledged by the Portuguese Platform for Sustainable Construction as the only gold level company