Sustainability has been a controversial topic for a good few years now and designers are increasingly looking for materials that have a lesser impact on the environment. Materials that are recycled, recyclable, or come from renewable sources are gaining in popularity and really starting to make their mark in design and architecture. Earlier this year, there are studies that have shown consultation with innovation consultant and materials specialist who told us about 10 innovative materials to look out for in 2017 and some of these materials really are at the cutting edge of material development. However, there are also some sustainable materials that have been around for years and that have, until now, been somewhat overlooked. One of these materials is cork, an impermeable, buoyant, elastic and fire resistant material that is harvested from the cork oak forests of Southern Europe and North Africa. When people talk about cork, the first thing it comes to mind is wine stoppers, but in fact cork is being used for every purpose we can imagine like flooring, walls, furniture, tableware, clothing, even NASA uses it for the isolation of their space shuttles. The industry is realizing that cork is a very resistant waterproof material and of course eco-friendly since its extraction doesn’t harm trees. So all these attributes take cork to another level of importance for every kind of application.
Traditionally, wine bottles are sealed with a cork, nowadays screw top caps are a popular choice, especially for wine that are sold at a lower price. Americans in 2013 downed nearly 30 million hectoliters of wine, according to the International Organization of Vine and Wine. A standard wine bottle has a volume of .75 liters, so that means nearly 4 billion bottles of wine were consumed in the U.S. during 2013 – or 12 percent of the wine consumed worldwide. France is on track to produce 45 million hectoliters of wine in 2014, up from 42 million from 2013, according to France 24. While this isn’t necessarily indicative of improved wine drinking habits, France’s wine output could land it the title of the world’s biggest wine producer. Italy, a historical powerhouse in terms of wine production, suffered from a harsh winter and only expects 41 million hectoliters of Italian wine by year’s end, according to France 24. The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment reports Spanish wine production at 51 million hectoliters in 2013, so France will still need to unseat Spain to claim an international winemaking title.
The most recent estimates of U.S. wine production from America’s Wine Institute estimated domestic wine production to be 28.5 million hectoliters annually. So with this large amount of consumption for wine, where do all the wine bottles and wine corks go?
There are many ways 1849 Wine Company support to save environment by recycling and making the empty bottle and cork to be craft projects to be fun. With creativity in mind, wine bottles are not boring anymore! When it comes to craft and decorating projects, wine corks are always crowd pleasers. They’re so versatile and have such great texture that adds a touch of nature to any room. If you’ve got a pile of wine corks hidden away, pull them out and get crafting! If you are a regular wine drinker, you can always try saving up the corks on the side to create crafts. If you are not a regular wine drinker, there are many good chances you might try local restaurants and bars and see if you can take some of their corks off their hands for them.
Below are many different ways for you to craft and decorate with your wine cork stash. Here are some ideas we are suggesting you could possibly be having fun with our 1849 Wine after opening the wine.
- Use wine corks to create wine glass charms- simply by cutting the cork down into a flat surface, you can draw, paint, put glitter and decorate the cork. Afterwards, simply use a nail to screw in the cork and tie a string around it. Next you have all different wine charms for free.
- Creating a festive wreath with wine corks- Whether it is Christmas or thanksgiving, having a wreath by the door is always part of America tradition. Now with your stash of wine corks, you can pile them up with wire into a circular form, or simply use hot glue and glue them at the bottom. For Christmas, you can add leaves on the side or behind the corks. For Thanksgiving, you can paint the corks orange and black for a festive vibe.
- Use wine corks as vase fillers with candles or flowers- Simply purchase a big container, then put a smaller candle in the middle, and fill the gap in between with corks to make a classy home décor.
- Create bulletin board push pins with wine cork- use a two-way nail to pin in the cork leaving one side available as an actual pin. With the cork top, there are million ways to decorate it, one can even add numbers on top of the cork to pin as calendar or date reminders.
- Create whimsical sculpture with wine corks- have a fun project with children or family member by collecting corks and wires. Then use the wire to help poke through the corks to create different forms and shapes. Simple art craft could be a heart, more complex art work could be an dinosaur.
- Use wine corks to make place business or place card holders- Decorate the cork first by paint or simply leave them as they are. Then use a sharp knife and slide in the middle of the cork. Next thing, place your business or place card on them.
- Create a monogram letter with 1849 Wine corks- Use a card board, trace a shape of a letter you would want to create. Then use hot glue to secure the corks together into that letter’s shape.
- Carve wine corks to create mini stamps- trace a shape for example into heart, star, four leaf clover. Then carefully use a sculpture and carve the shape out of the wine cork. With some paint, you can create art work with your children.
- Build a wine cork jewelry organizer- purchase a simple frame with possibly soft clothing back. Use nails to screw into the cork, then pin the nail against the back of the frame. With the texture of corks, you can pin your earrings in, or hang bracelets or rings. If you pin the cork higher on a bigger frame, you can even hang necklaces.
- Upgrade old kitchen cheese knives with new wine cork- for the knives that are broken from the handle, you can stick the end part into a cork to secure it and use the cork as a handle.
- Use 1849 wine corks as herb garden markers- many planters use the 1849 wine bottles to decorate their yard such as using the bottle as bird feeder or water planter. One can simply use the cork to label herb names and stick the cork to a metal stick on top of your plants. It is an environmental friendly way to differentiate all the plants and herbs in your yard!
- Use wine corks to make floor matte- Use old rug or tower, then use hot glue to place wine corks on top of the rug. It would be a great location to put outside of your door to help prevent dirty shoes and mud.
- Use wine corks to make coasters- same way as making a mud rug, place them together with hot glue and then cut off half of the corks to make them shorter.
- Use wine corks to make a door stopper
- Turn wine corks into drawer and door pulls
Nowadays, the world is living an ecological paradigm. Schools and universities are teaching designers not only to create beautiful and practical objects, but also ethical and eco-friendly ones. Therefore, when designers learn about these concerns for the environment, they tend to select eco-friendly materials over standard ones, which is great because we are going towards a green path, and the designer as an object creator, has a special kind of influence in the world and in the community. Besides designers using corks to create a perfect material for their creations, now we can all join this environment friendly action as well. one that responds to all of their concerns because it is aesthetically beautiful, functional and eco-friendly. With the ideas, above and few more brainstorming, we can all use wine corks and wine bottles to create many crafts to décor our house- not only is that practical, but beautiful and economical. By doing these projects, wine bottles are no longer boring and just for wine consuming. After opening the wine bottle, the fun follows.