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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.



Aimed at encouraging the recycling of cork stoppers and contributing to the reforestation of Portugal forests through the planting of native trees, Missão Continente, in partnership with Quercus, Portugal’s leading nature and environmental conservation association, and Corticeira Amorim will distribute a total of 500,000 “cork boxes” to the customers of Continente stores. 

The “cork boxes” are small containers that people can take home and use to collect their used cork stoppers for recycling. When full, they can be emptied at special deposits that have already been installed at the customer service counters of Continente stores.

This campaign is part of the Green Cork project and this partnership has already allowed the collection of about 91 million corks and the planting of more than 971,000 trees since 2008.