At Scotts Castle Holidays, we are always looking for new ways to be more “green” to protect the environment and are advocates of the 3 “R”’s – reduce, recycle and re-use. However, make that 4 “R”’s as we would like to introduce you to the concept of re-cork!

“Re-cork” is the simple act of re-cycling natural cork, particularly from wine bottles, that normally end up in the rubbish. For anyone booking a large holiday house in Scotland for a group of family and friends, recycling can now apply to the cork, as well as the bottle. The goal is to recycle corks and to educate a new generation about the crucial role cork forests play in curbing climate change. There is an official recycling programme, to be found at ReCork. This is linked to a global “green” initiative to save and protect over 6 million acres of cork forests that can be found in the Mediterranean Basin. Whilst on a more local level, recycled corks make excellent drainage within flower beds and The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh have been using their recycled corks in this way for a number of years now.

So next time you drink wine responsibly, please recycle both the bottle and cork.