Thursday, 22 July 2010

What a Corker!!!

Cor Blimey Guvna!! I could get a job at the Sun writing headlines like that. Not that I would want one...well..just the pay cheque maybe. Anyway, on with the reasoning behind the post. My good friend and top class guitar player (her tutor says she has a really nice rythm) Marta "La Tomata" Rodriguez Herranz sent me this article about how eco friendly different types of wine bottle sealers there are. Cork, Screw Top or Plastic? Well, knowing nothing at all about the cork making process, after reading the article (sorry if you clicked the link and don't speak spanish!) it seems the 2.2 million hectares of land currently occupied by forests of trees grown for the industry, are important absorbers of CO2. Plastic corks are responsible for 6 times more CO2 emmisions than cork, and aluminium screw tops (you know, the ones where you think the wine must be crap before you even buy it) are responsible for fifteen times more CO2 emmisions than cork. Despite this, alternative wine "tops" are increasing in popularity, so much to the extent that WWF Spain have launched a "Save the Cork" campaign after studies showed that forests used for corking, which involves cutting limbs from live trees and allowing them to regrow, absorb between three and five times more CO2 than dormant forestry.

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