Being 100% natural, biodegradable and recyclable, the corkwood bark that corks are punched from literally grows on trees, and is renewably harvested without the tree being cut down. Corks have the smallest carbon footprint of any wine closure, and cork forests they financially sustain provide habitat and ecological services that are vital to the Earth’s biosphere – including functioning as a massive carbon sink. By every measure, cork is the wine closure with the most environmentally, socially and economically sustainable beginning-of-life and end-of-life cycles. Moreover, natural cork has traditionally been and today remains the most preferred closure choice amongst consumers in the USA, the world’s largest wine market.

At Cooper-Garrod, no corks enter the waste stream as all are recycled here.  In fact, there is a bowl of corks in the Tasting Room to help you finish your Cork Board Trivet.

In addition, here are some interesting articles about corks:

Cork gets a bad rap for tainting wine, Bill Van Ollefen, Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale)

Cork and Sustainability, Larry Walker, Wines & Vines
"Cork supply companies have devoted millions of dollars to research cork taint in the past decade or so, and it is beginning to pay off. In my personal tasting--2,500-3,000 bottles per year--I've seen the incidence of cork taint drop from almost 3% to just over 1%.”

Do you still need convincing?, Nora Berrahmouni (World Wildlife Fund), Harpers
"The environmental credentials of cork closures are strong. Cork is a totally green product. It is a 100% natural, re-useable and recyclable product. It is biodegradable, so there is no landfill, and there is no wastage during the production process – every last particle is used."

Harvesting Corks -info from the Cork Quality Council