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Recycle corks for $1 discount

Greer's OC

July 07, 2010|By Greer Wylder

The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa just started a wine cork recycling program with ReCORK By Amorim, which reprocesses wine corks into shoes. The resort is collecting its own corks for the cause, and you can help, too. Just bring in a cork as a donation, and you'll receive $1 off select bottles of wine (up to $25). The goal of the program is also to raise awareness of the crucial role cork forests play in curbing climate change. Instead of ending up as garbage, recycled cork can be used in items such as flooring tiles, building insulation, craft materials, soil conditioner and much more. The resort is at 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach. For more information, call (714) 845-4776, or visit huntingtonbeach.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp or recork.org.

Grow easy organics

Here's an easy way to incorporate homegrown organic herbs and vegetables to your cooking. Newport Beach-based Harvest to Home is a garden service that actually brings you a choice of seasonal fresh vegetables and herbs potted and ready to enjoy all year long. You don't even have to water. Harvest to Home offers an optional self-watering system. All you have to do is select a garden box and stand (from their website), pick your favorite vegetables and herbs and schedule your delivery. They'll even install it for you.

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When the season is over (normally four months), you can choose from the current season's harvest or have your boxes taken away with no further commitment. Even restaurants are using Harvest to Home to include seasonal produce on their menu, including the Cottage in Laguna Beach, 118 Degrees in Costa Mesa, Mama D's Italian Kitchen in Newport Beach, Every Bloomin' Thing in Costa Mesa, the Coyote Grill in Laguna Beach and Cucina Alessá in Huntington Beach. And as a special for Greer's OC readers, just mention Greer's OC and save 15% on your first order at Harvest to Home. For more information, call (949) 873-5400 or visit http://www.harvesttohome.com.

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