No, I didn’t count them — but these collected wine corks were really starting to take up too much space in my apartment. I was collecting them in individual wine glasses — and running out of wine glasses.

So today they’ll be mailed off to the Terracycle Cork Brigade, to become mats and other upcycled products that’ll hopefully not be too fugly.

There are, of course, other ways to upcycle corks — one of the easiest ways being to throw them in the compost, if your corks are indeed made of real cork and you have a home composter. My sister’s way’s illustrated below. We are, as you may’ve guessed, very different people.

What do you do with your own corks?

Photos top to bottom: Siel; Terracycle, yoelknits