Thanks to Unconsumptioneer extraordinaire Rob, here’s a two-fer post celebrating:
1) cork repurposing [it’s a bit early for wine o’clock here, but it’s wine o’clock somewhere, right?], and 2) Earth day.
Cork forests are one of the largest providers of oxygen to the earth, in addition to being one of the most sustainable and environmentally harvested forests in the world. Cork forests also have the world’s highest amount of forest biodiversity, including endangered species like the Iberian Lynx, the Iberian Imperial Eagle and the Barbary Deer. It’s sort of a big deal.
In honor of Earth Day and cork forests, our retail friends at Anthropologie have joined forces with the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance (CFCA) to raise awareness and preserve Mediterranean cork forests (which just so happens to be one of the Earth’s most valuable ecosystems). CFCA donated 2 million corks to 153 Anthropologie stores that were then turned into window displays. (via Retail Design Diva)
If you’re wondering what will happen to the corks after Anthropologie takes down the displays, this post says: ”The installations will actually be available for “adoption” after Earth Day, in exchange for a contribution to CFCA. Remaining corks will be returned to the organization and recycled through its Cork ReHarvest program.” [We cover Cork ReHarvest and CFCA in this earlier Unconsumption post.]
Pictured: Display in Anthropologie’s Troy, Michigan, store. (via Our Earth Day 2011 Windows Facebook album)
I like this. All of it.