American Airlines’ Admirals Club lounge unit has partnered with ReCORK America and food and facilities services company Sodexo to begin an environment-friendly recycling program to reduce the number of wine corks that end up in landfills.
According to cork producer Corticeira Amorim of Portugal and Amorim’s U.S. sales affiliates, Amorim Cork America and Portocork America, the sponsors of ReCORK America, more than 13 billion natural cork wine stoppers are produced worldwide for the wine industry each year.
This new initiative, offered in every U.S. domestic Admirals Club lounge plus the San Juan lounge, will recycle natural wine corks (those made from cork material) used by the clubs or brought into the clubs by customers, by donating them to ReCORK America. In turn, ReCORK America will send them to manufacturers that can turn them into items such as shoe soles or flooring.
The Admirals Club lounges located in 24 cities will collect corks for the program: Dallas/Ft. Worth; Chicago O’Hare; Miami; New York LaGuardia; New York JFK; Boston; Los Angeles; St. Louis; San Jose; Washington Reagan National; Washington Dulles; Raleigh/Durham; Atlanta; Austin; Denver; Honolulu; Kansas City; Nashville; Newark; Orange County; Philadelphia; San Diego; San Francisco; and San Juan.
“Natural cork wine closures are ideal for recycling because they are a truly sustainable resource, and one of the few forms of product packaging that is 100 percent recyclable, biodegradable and completely environmentally friendly,” says Roger Archey, spokesperson for ReCORK America. “Cork is also a natural retainer of CO2 and helps fight global warming.”
American currently is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Admirals Club by offering the airline’s customers seven prizes including a lifetime Admirals Club membership; a weeklong luxury vacation in Maui; one night at a Hollywood movie premiere; and one moment of magic in Orlando, Fla. When they register, customers receive a $70 savings offer on an annual Admirals Club membership, ― new or renewal. More details can be found at www.aa.com/AC70years.
Tracing its roots to the 19th century, Corticeira Amorim has become the largest cork and cork-derived company in the world, generating over Euro 450 million in sales throughout more than 100 countries. Corticeira Amorim and its subsidiaries are an integral part of a conservation effort to guarantee the survival of hundreds of thousands of cork oak trees throughout the Mediterranean Basin. To learn more about Amorim and its sustainable business model, visit www.corkfacts.com or www.corticeiraamorim.com.