DRINKING BUDDIES

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Got Sole?

Once again I thank everyone that's been following and supporting me along the way. I'm still a few glasses away from my Red Wine list but in the mean time I've done some non-alcoholic research and found something I think the ladies might enjoy!

Looking to decrease your carbon footprint? A Montana-based footwear company might offer the most literal way for you to do just that. SOLE, a manufacturer of footbeds, socks and sandals, is partnering with ReCORK, a wine-cork recycling program, to design a new line of products. The company’s “upcycled” footbeds and footwear will be made with wine bottle tops that come from restaurants, culinary schools, and an airline that participates in the recycling program.
SOLE sandals will soon be made with recycled wine corks

Corks are received at a storage facility in Napa, Calif., and one in Great Falls, Mont. The corks are sent to SOLE’s factories in Asia to be used in products and packaging. While SOLE is focusing on integrating the cork into its footwear, other uses ReCORK cites for upcycled cork include fishing rod handles, bulletin boards, place mats, flooring tiles, building insulation, gaskets, packaging materials, and matting under playground equipment.

The ReCORK program is sponsored by Amorim, the world’s largest producer of “natural cork wine closures.” About 12 million wine-bottle corks have been collected for processing since 2007, and the organization touts it has also planted 3,000 cork oak trees. Says the company’s literature, harvesting cork does not harm the trees, in fact the trees provide “an important source of carbon-dioxide sequestration.” Sounds like that’s sustainable product sourcing at its best.
SOLE’s cork-based Napa sandal

I would love to see a Bordeaux one for men! Hope you guys enjoyed! Til next time!

Bon Boire!


22 comments:

  1. have you noticed tho, some imports now are comming with the screw on caps?

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  2. Sole would go well with one of the whites you recommended.

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  3. Mmmm cork sandals. Sounds awful!

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  4. I'd totally wear some for dudes. Heck, I might even wear the ones for the ladies. I'm hip like that.

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  5. That actually looks pretty neat... creative idea lol

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  6. Wow..I'd actually like to get a pair.

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  7. Have you heared about a beer called sol? Its corona but cheaper, you should try it.

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  8. dont look to bad really. look comfy

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  9. im down with that..prob be pretty comfy

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  10. I'd wear them if I wore sandals. haha

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  11. this sounds like an idea that would really "kick" off, pun intended. they look comfortable, too

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  12. Link to these when you find a men's pair. I might start wearing sandals if I could get some like these.

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  13. The best part is that they don't looks that bad!

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  14. These looks cool! That's awesome they are made out of corks!

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