The only way is cork
It seems the world has gone cork crazy.
From flooring to walls, accessories and clothing, cork material is making a comeback and it’s impressing the creative, design and interior world.
Most commonly used as wine stoppers or as a pin-board, cork is now being seen all over the world and we love it. Here’s why.
The future of sustainability.
Believe us when we say cork is the material of the future.
Why? It really is simple.
Cork is environmentally friendly, can be used in a number of ways and is one of the most natural products out there.
Cork trees are not harvested often and last for many years, making the cork industry one of the finest examples of renewable and sustainable production.
No animal or person is harmed in the making of cork material.
Cork plays a crucial role in sustainability.
Cork is 100% natural, recyclable and renewable. Its biodegradable form gives it a timeless and raw appeal.
With an increased understanding of pollution, we are now more aware of how the materials we purchase and use in our home can affect the environment. Cork is a key player in the future of sustainable materials.
Use cork as a creative material.
If you are a designer or creative type and you’re not using cork, then you should. As well as being aesthetically lush, and environmentally friendly, there are a number of other benefits.
Check out our feature product, the Cork Yoga Mat for more information about the benefits of cork for yoga.Cork Yoga Mat
The benefits of working with cork.
Cork is very light which makes it perfect for any clothing or furniture projects. It is considered an elastic and very flexible material that can be easily used in many ways and also has amazing shock-absorbing capacity.
Cork has unlimited durability and never ages. Whereas leather may wrinkle or fade, cork keeps its appeal time after time, and is often described as aesthetically pleasing.
When it comes to decorating homes, cork is often a popular choice. Its natural appearance results in a simple and refined finished piece.
Not only is cork soft and comfortable, it is a natural heat and sound insulator. Cork carries natural antibacterial properties, is fire resilience and waterproof, meaning it has huge multipurpose uses.
Cork’s components also mean it is resistant to dust, making it a great option for those with allergies.
Where is cork harvested?
Portugal produces approximately half of all cork harvested annually. Its successful growth in the country is because cork likes dry summers combined with humidity, mild winters and plenty of sunshine.
We don’t think there is any hope for us Brits starting our very own cork plantation anytime soon!
Experts say that the best type of cork comes from the Algarve, a notoriously sunny part of Portugal.
And did you know that Portuguese law prohibits cork tree owners from stripping the cork trees more than once every 9 years? This is to protect the cork.
Other fun facts.
done Cork comes from the Cork Oak tree.
done A Cork Oak tree has a lifetime of around 150 years and is first harvested when it is 25 years old.
done The acorns from a Cork Oak tree are great food for animals. Pigs love them!
done Cork is also used in space! It is shredded and used in the thermal protection on booster rockets, like the external tank of the Space Shuttle. Woah!
We really hope you’re as impressed with cork as we are. xx