Wait, how can you recycle wine? I'm sure you're telling yourself that at this very moment. At least I did as I was sitting in my kitchen and looking around. Also kinda reminds me of the ole saying "you only rent beer." Now if you don't know what is meant by that, the rest of this post might be above your pay grade.
Technically, I'm not talking about recycling wine. It has more to do with recycling period. I'm a big believer of keeping my carbon footprint at a minimum. I try and recycle everything I can. While probably more being lazy and cheap, I use things till they are practically falling apart. Underwear excluded! Like I drive a great 9-year-old car that gives me 35 mpg. Now if you ask my daughter (remember I had to throw her into the post to get her to read it) she always is asking why my car doesn't have this fancy contraption or that. Like a previous car that didn't have automatic windows (you had a crank on the inside to open) or my recent car that still requires a key to unlock the doors. But it still runs great.
No, what I'm referring to when I talk about recycling wine is actually about recycling wine leftovers (not leftover wine, there is NEVER any of that around my house), but things like bottles, corks and the ever-present (at least for me) wood wine boxes.
Now bottles I can and do recycle using my city's recycling service. As an aside, I do have a friend (and we'll see if she recognizes herself in this post) that will take wine bottles and make lamps out of them. Very creative, but not for me with my lack of artistic ability.
Then there are the wood boxes. I love collecting them and have been since I was a wine buyer at the wine shop I worked at. I don't have a huge amount as a lot of wineries have switched to cardboard for cost savings. But I have enough and while I have seen some creative uses for them, right now they just sit around. Well, I do use one as a makeshift sofa table to put my remotes on. And a couple that I have used in my kitchen to make storing those sugar, flour containers more interesting. Even a couple to store my extensive collection of wine glasses, you know, to give them a real feel of wine accouterments. That's about the extent of my creativity.
The last item I've been saving, mind you I didn't say hoarding, are the corks from the wine bottles. This I started last on my list of recycles as it's been less than a year. It does concern me a little as it is the one constant reminder of how much I've drunk over that time. It doesn't seem like a lot till you start trying to count them. I usually put a quick end to that! I don't want to know. To be fair, I do put corks that I have pulled from bottles I have poured at wine tastings. So those don't represent full bottles I have had, maybe just a sip or two or three or, no I'm stopping there.
Those artistically inclined can produce works of art using corks; coffee tables, coasters, placeholders for dinners and the owner of the wine shop use to make wine cork garland for Christmas trees. Me, I have them thrown into a vase....
So there I am sitting in my kitchen giving thought to what to do with all this "Recycled" wine stuff. I'll take ideas, but please keep in mind that you are talking to an artistically challenged individual. Meaning "KEEP IT SIMPLE"