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Cork: an exceptional carbon footprint

3rd May 2021

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At Château Brown, we use corks for our fine red wine.

Cork is a 100% natural product, which is renewable and recyclable.

MANUFACTURE & ORIGIN OF RAW MATERIALS:

We work with several cork manufacturers whose factories are located in Eysines (AMORIM) and Cestas (DUCASSE), in Gironde. The cork used comes mainly from cork oak forests in Portugal. It is a Mediterranean area with thriving biodiversity: 135 animal and plant species per square kilometre. These forests play an essential role in global ecological balance, the fight against climate change, the fight against desertification and to maintain biodiversity.

A EXCEPTIONAL CARBON FOOTPRINT:

A single cork can absorb more than 300g of CO2

The amount of CO2 retained by a cork can offset the amount of CO2 emitted during the manufacture of a glass bottle.

Cork oak forests are also effective carbon sinks. A « harvested » cork oak tree (from which the cork is taken) naturally renews its bark and absorbs 2.5 to 4 times more CO2 than an unharvested tree.

RECYCLING:

Corks are environmentally friendly by nature, but recycling makes them even better for the environment!  Don’t throw your corks away! In France, and perhaps in your country, there is a parallel collection channel aimed at solidarity. At Château Brown, we donate our outdated or used corks to the association AGIR CANCER GIRONDE.

COMMITTED STAKEHOLDERS:

DUCASSE has been working for over 10 years with the association Le Liège Gascon to bring the local cork oak forests back into production (forest composed exclusively of cork oaks).

AMORIM is a major stakeholder in the world’s leading cork recycling programmes.

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