ReCORK America Adds Another Partner

25 01 2010

NAPA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ReCORK by Amorim, a North American-based wine cork recycling program sponsored by Amorim of Portugal and SOLE of Canada, announced that the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance Board has unanimously selected ReCORK to collect and recycle used and surplus natural cork wine closures from their 100-plus members in Washington state.

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Amorim’s ReCORK America and SOLE Footware to Upcycle Millions of Cork Stoppers

6 10 2009

recorklogoNapa, CA– ReCORK America has added another partner to support its cork recycling program.  SOLE, the manufacturer of premium footbeds, socks and sandals, will use a blend of recycled cork wine bottle closures in its line of 2010 footwear products.SOLELogo

SOLE joins the many restaurants, resorts, organizations, wine retailers, and wineries who help collect and find use for used natural corks.

To read the full article on this new partnership, please follow this link

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Amorim to help in development of Eco-Airplane

22 04 2009

The use of composite cork materials in ultra-light civilian airplanes is under development and testing through the AEROCORK project. A sum of approximately 1.65 million dollars will be invested in this project with approx. 50% of that amount being funded by the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF).

The group responsible for the management of this investment is made up of Dyn’Aero Ibérica, Corticeira Amorim through Amorim Cork Composites, PIEP (Innovation in Polymer Engineering – University of Minho) and AST (Active Space Technologies).

AEROCORK is producing, testing and certifying cork composites with the intention of replacing synthetic materials with cork composites in airplanes of Dyn’Aero Ibérica. The first flying tests are scheduled for the second half of 2010.

Amorim, the world’s leading producer and developer of cork composites, and the manufacturer of Wicanders Cork Flooring, will be responsible for providing know-how about agglomerated cork that is the most appropriate to the aeronautical applications in question. Amorim is already involved in the US Space Shuttle project, providing cork composites to NASA, and sees this new initiative as an “opening door” for other high technology industries, such as the railroad system.

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In addition to its unique structural characteristics, cork offers undeniable environmental advantages – it is a sustainable, ecological, natural and recyclable material – and will reduce the impact of the aviation industry on the environment. 

We are proud that our parent company is part of this project.

Happy Earth Day to all!

Team Wicanders

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ReCORK America Updates—New Companies Join in Alliance to Recycle Natural Cork

23 02 2009

excellence-in-flooring1As some of you may have heard, our very own Amorim of Portugal is sponsoring a pilot program in California and the Pacific North West to recycle natural cork wine closures. The program, called ReCORK AMERICA, is focused on obtaining used and surplus corks from winery tasting rooms, bottling lines and quality assurance laboratories. In addition, collection locations are being established with key retailers and restaurants in larger metropolitan areas.

We’re pleased to bring you some exciting updates on concerned businesses that are teaming up with ReCORK AMERICA, in order to address the opportunities to recycle natural cork closures.

WTN Services® and the Winetasting Network® a division of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® as well as 25 Northern California Whole Foods Market stores have joined the ReCORK AMERICA Alliance. Both companies now encourage customers to add wine corks to their list of recyclable packaging and offer convenient drop off receptacles for any consumer wanting to return their corks for recycling.

ReCORK AMERICA Collection Box

ReCORK AMERICA Collection Box

Unlike plastic or metal screwcap closures, recycled cork can be turned into building insulation, shoe soles, fishing rod handles, bulletin boards, soil conditioner, and obviously our fabulous Wicanders Cork Oak Floors. Natural cork is biodegradable, sustainable and a valuable source for carbon retention.

To make this program work we need corks! For a current list of participating recycling locations near you, please visit http://www.recorkamerica.com/recork_locations.html

To all the participating companies we’d like to say, Cheers!

Team Wicanders

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Make Sustainability your Guiding Principle in 2009

30 12 2008

Happy New Year!

We came across this brief write-up by Mark Tercek in the January issue of Reader’s Digest. Mark is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy, and we thought sharing his article might inspire you as much as it inspired us. It carries an important message about how, in this New Year to come, each one of us can make sustainability our guiding principle.

To quote Mark:

“As a nation, we must recognize that the health of the environment is inextricably linked to our well-being and prosperity. Functioning natural systems and a stable climate support livelihoods, feed our families, sate our thirst, provide clean air, enrich us spiritually, and represent a legacy for future generations.

I urge you to make sustainability—using resources no faster than they can be replenished—a guiding principle. This commitment will spark progress toward developing clean energy sources, fighting climate change, conserving our land and waters, and rebuilding a battered economy. Your example will inspire leaders around the world to do the same.

From all of us at Team Wicanders, we wish you a prosperous and sustainable New Year.

Cheers to 2009!

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Let’s Raise our Glass to Cork!

13 10 2008

Our parent company, Amorim, the worlds leading cork producer, recently hosted wine writer, Liza Zimmerman, at their company headquarters in Portugal! Liza is incredibly well traveled and well versed in wine. She is one of only 100 people in the U.S to hold the Diploma in Wine and Spirits, and has been writing, educating and consulting about wine for over 15 years! While in Portugal, she learned about cork, and took some great photos along the way. You can read about her trip here, and make sure to check out her blog!

When you read Liza’s work, it is clear that she is passionate about wine. She says “I know that gathering at table is what has kept families and society together for years, and wine is an essential part of it.” Her passion is inspiring. It reminds us of the very people that harvest the Cork Oak Trees in the Montado Cork Forests. They have been dedicated to these trees for generations and generations.

photo courtesy of Liza Zimmerman

Cork Oak Tree by Liza Zimmerman

photo courtesy of Liza Zimmerman

Stacked Cork photo by Liza Zimmerman

We’d like to raise our glass to Liza for spreading the word about Cork. When we choose cork, we are helping the environment and using a sustainable and green material. Wicanders Cork Oak Flooring is proud to be part of this movement. Are you passionate about Cork? Let us know!

Cheers, Team Wicanders

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ReCORK America: Making a Difference, One Cork at a Time!

27 05 2008

There’s a lot to love about cork as an eco-friendly material: It’s 100% natural, biodegradable and renewable and no cork oak tree is ever harmed in the harvesting process.

While cork oak is a great option for flooring because of its insulation properties, elasticity, and impenetrability to moisture, mildew, fungus, dirt, debris, and insects, still, almost 60% of the world’s cork is used in wine production.

Because of a worldwide interest in sustainable agriculture and natural products like cork, Amorim, the world’s largest producer of natural cork wine closures—over 3 billion annually—and the manufacturer of Wicanders Cork Oak Flooring, and Portocork America, have instituted a pilot program in California and the Pacific North West to recycle natural cork wine closures.

Known as ReCORK America, the program is focused on obtaining used and surplus corks from winery tasting rooms, bottling lines and quality assurance laboratories, as well as from collection locations established at local restaurants and key retailers.

Wine corks don’t need to end up as landfill when recycled cork can become flooring tiles, building insulation, automotive gaskets, craft materials, soil conditioner and sports equipment. So don’t pitch off your corks after you polish off your wine. Visit ReCORK America’s Web site to find out how you too can make a difference, one cork at a time!

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