Gallery: Recycled Wine Corks Make Stylish Penny Tile Flooring

 
recycled cork penny tile flooring with stained color accent

Penny tiles are a popular look for interior flooring. While ceramic and glass are often used to make tiles, these beautiful penny tiles, which we noticed on 3rings blog, are actually cut from recycled wine corks. Designed by Jelinek Cork, the recycled tiles take advantage of cork’s natural resiliency and water resistance to create a stylish low-impact flooring material.

To make the tiles, Jelinek Cork takes old wine corks which “are cut into circular discs about 6mm (1/4″) thick and glued on a special paper backing to form interesting and unique mosaic patterns.” The material is adhered to the subfloor and grouted like tile, and then covered with urethane, like other kinds of cork flooring. Individual cork discs can be stained different colors to produce patterns. Cork can also be combined with other tile materials in a floor to provide even more design options.

Used wine corks are being collected for recycling by CorkReHarvest which has located drop boxes in many Whole Foods stores across the US and Canada. Recycled cork obviously cannot be reused in wine bottles, but the cork penny tiles are one of a number of reuse applications for used corks.

And we think wine corks seem a bit more practical than a floor made from peach pips.

+ Jelinek Cork

Via 3rings

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13 Comments

  1. whatevr May 21, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    \”natural resilency and water resistance\” aren\’t even relevant if they\’re coated with plastic. sure, cork is nice visually – here it\’s other properties are useless.

    what keeps the polyurethane from cracking? if it\’s flexible, wouldn\’t it then be prone to gouging and wear?

    really, how is this more eco than say.. Pergo*?

    *yuck

  2. b.bon March 20, 2012 at 12:23 am

    LOTS more info, please !

  3. tallestlora September 10, 2011 at 6:03 am

    I very much would like to talk to you.

  4. ModuTiles Add a Quirky ... September 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    [...] cork tiles that let you create funky patterns over as much or as little of your floor as you like. Cork is a renewable resource that also happens to be very durable, so these easy-to-install tiles are [...]

  5. ModuTiles Add a Quirky ... September 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    [...] cork tiles that let you create funky patterns over as much or as little of your floor as you like. Cork is a renewable resource that also happens to be very durable, so these easy-to-install tiles are [...]

  6. Toast Shaped Cork Coast... July 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    [...] with these cheeky toast-shaped coasters? Made by Oiti, each one is crafted from sustainable cork and looks surprisingly similar in both color and form to that lightly browned breakfast staple we [...]

  7. Julie K. July 9, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    The cork is such unbeatable material! I am wondering if it is suitable for both public and home usage. As I can see on the pictures it could be used in restaurants or somewhere on the backyards of the house as well. Anyway, absolutely green idea…

  8. allisonadderton June 21, 2010 at 11:50 am

    @kelray88 There’s actually some new products out of the market from a company called US Floors that is just tile flooring mad of cork. The edges are less exposed and they will wear a lot longer. I found their website: usfloorsllc.com there’s over 20 styles and they can even do custom jobs!

  9. kelray88 May 28, 2010 at 9:45 am

    It’s a cool look and idea, but one of the few wear issues with cork is the edges…so I’m not sure how this would wear over time, considering how many exposed edges there are.

  10. atomicmike May 15, 2010 at 12:17 am

    How funny! I just received a shipment of these last week to install as part of a bathroom remodel. I can’t wait to see the finished result.

    @sinteriordesign The adhesive that Jelinek sells says that it is intended to be applied over concrete. Since my bath is on the second floor, I checked with them about using cement backer boards, and they said it was fine. Their customer service reps are outstanding, so I’d suggest giving them a call if you need better information.

  11. tanyamunoz May 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    This is really cool

  12. sinteriordesign May 14, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Love the recycled wine cork flooring. As an interior designer who loves her wine, and is interested in promoting eco-friendly flooring solutions to my clientele, this really struck home with me! Question, “what type of sub-floor or underlay do you need?”

  13. Ellen @ Floors-Walls-Ce... May 14, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Now that’s being “green”! Love the look. Maybe I’ll have to start drinking more wine :)

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