ReCORK America, a wine cork recycling program sponsored by Amorim of Portugal, the world’s largest producers of natural cork wine closures, announced today it was joining with American Airlines and its Admirals Club® lounges and Sodexo, American’s club services management vendor, to collect and recycle used wine corks from Admirals Club locations at 24 airports in the U.S. and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Participating Admirals Club locations include: Dallas/Ft. Worth, Chicago O’Hare, Miami, New York LaGuardia, New York JFK, Boston, Los Angeles, St. Louis, San Jose, Washington Reagan National, Washington Dulles, Raleigh/Durham, Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Honolulu, Kansas City, Nashville, Newark, Orange County, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Juan.
“We are pleased to work with American and Sodexo in coordinating this unique collection effort,” said Teresa Relogio, Program Coordinator for ReCORK America. “There are more than 13 billion natural cork wine closures sold into the world market each year, and the majority of those corks end up in landfill. Amorim’s program is designed to return some of those corks back into useful products such as footwear, flooring and even as soil amendment in compost. Natural cork wine closures are ideal for recycling. They are a natural product that is totally renewable. Cork trees are not cut down to make corks as some people think. They can be harvested every 9 years during their 150-year lifespan. Cork is a natural retainer of CO2 and helps fight global warming. What’s not to like about cork?” says Relogio.
About ReCORK America and CORTICEIRA AMORIM
ReCORK America is a wine cork recycling program sponsored by CORTICEIRA AMORIM of Portugal and Amorim’s U.S. sales affiliates, Amorim Cork America and Portocork America. Information about ReCORK America can be found at www.recorkamerica.com.
Tracing its roots to the 19th century, CORTICEIRA AMORIM has become the largest cork and cork-derived company in the world, generating over Euro 450 million in sales throughout more than 100 countries. CORTICEIRA AMORIM and its subsidiaries are an integral part of a conservation effort to guarantee the survival of hundreds of thousands of cork oak trees throughout the Mediterranean Basin. Amorim is proud of its contributions to the correct utilization of these important forests that represent a key role in CO2 retention, preserving biodiversity and preventing desertification. To learn more about Amorim and its sustainable business model, visit www.corkfacts.com or www.corticeiraamorim.com.
About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® carrier serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning AA.com® Web site provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in more than 130 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, (NYSE: AMR)
Sodexo, Inc. is the leading provider of integrated food and facilities management services in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. For more information about the company and its services, visit www.sodexousa.com.