Wine bottle corks come from a cork oak tree that never gets cut down. These oak trees produce a sustainable crop of cork, sometimes lasting over 200 years. Cork forests are crucial; they provide a wooded grassland habitat which houses at least 42 bird species and 60 plant species.
Recycled cork finds new life in many different materials and items: shoe components, building materials, even soil amendment and under playground equipment. Plastic corks may be cheaper and recyclable – but so much more costly at the price of endangering birds and plants. So, drink up and choose the wood corks, then recycle them!
Want to make sure the bottle of wine you purchase has a real cork inside? Look for the acorn on the label.
Read more about it at http://www.corkforest.org/real_cork_inside.php .