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How to give cork a new lease of life

The concept of recycling cork stoppers originated in Portugal in 2008, when the Green Cork project was launched, a partnership between Corticeira Amorim and Portugal’s biggest environmental association, Quercus. It then spread to other countries, such as Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom, USA and Canada, South Africa, Australia and China.

Although it will never be reused in stoppers, recycled cork can have a new lease of life and be used in coverings, insulation, memo boards, high competition kayaks, badminton rackets, tennis and cricket balls, car and aircraft components, design and fashion items and a multitude of other uses.

Recycling, in addition to increasing reuse of the raw material, extends the cork life cycle and its environmental benefits, in particular its remarkable CO2 retention capacity.