by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes
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Former SNL alum Rob Schnieder (and star of such horrible movies as Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and The Animal) is currently starring in a campaign to draw attention to the environmental qualities of cork. Yes, the economy is hurting everyone — but as Rob says in the below video, every celebrity has a cause and this is his. We’re just pretty sure there are some heavy dollar signs behind this one.

Here’s the gist: 70% of the value associated with the world’s cork forests depends on wine stoppers, not shoes or bulletin boards or flooring tiles. As many wine-drinkers may have noticed, screw tops are becoming more popular, and as a result are starting to steal business away from cork producers.

While it’s sure easier to open a bottle, the environment actually loses with this solution. Those caps are non-recyclable and take a lot more resources and energy to produce. On the other hand, cork trees are sustainable, consume more CO2 between harvests (the bark regenerates after 9 years), and are biodegradable and recyclable. Not to mention an entire industry of farms and workers (and the biosphere) depends on cork forests.

See, it’s not every day you can tell someone that Rob Schneider opened your eyes. Check out the video below — or visit the official site here.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://embritadesign.blogspot.com Emily

    Bonus: wine corks can be recycled into tiles…and cork floor in the kitchen is amazing for your knees and back. I <3 cork.

  • http://www.lumag.com Remy Chevalier

    “horrible movies?” I don’t know, I’ve always found his movies funny, entertaining and sweet… “honest”

  • http://www.ecorazzi.com michael

    I was probably in a bad mood that day. ;)