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Cork is an incredibly unique and naturally sustainable ecological material that has many uses outside wine bottles. The cork comes from the outer bark of cork oaks, so it is a renewable resource that can be harvested without damaging the tree itself. Cork oak forests are carefully monitored by their owners and environmental authorities to protect their health, and they themselves contribute to soil fertility and local biodiversity.

100% Natural

It is a 100% natural raw material, that is 100% reusable and 100% recyclable, extracted from cork oaks without harming the normal development of the species and without damaging the tree. The extracted cork is 100% harnessed. Once processed, into stoppers for example, cork can also re-enter the production process. The cork stoppers can be recycled by shredding. The granules resulting from this process can be used in other products, such as shoes, cladding panels, fishing buoys.

Lightweight

Over 50% of its volume is air, which makes it very light. It weighs just 0.16 grams per cubic centimetre, and it can float.

waterproofImpermeable to liquids and gases

It is totally impermeable to liquids and practically impermeable to gases, thanks to the suberin and cerin present in the composition of cork cells. Its resistance to moisture allows it to grow old without deteriorating.

Elastic and compressible

It can be compressed to around half its thickness without losing any flexibility, and it decompresses, recovering its initial shape and volume, as soon as it ceases to be compressed. This flexibility is given by its airtight cells containing a gas mixture similar to air. It is the only solid that when compressed on one side does not increase in volume on the other axis. It is able to adapt to variations in temperature and pressure without suffering variations, due to its elasticity.

Wear resistance

Cork is resistant to wear, thanks to its honeycomb structure, which makes it less affected by impact or friction than other hard surfaces.

Recyclable

Cork is recognized as one of the most ecologically friendly materials available. It is completely natural, renewable in nature and easily recycled. Also, the cork oak tree is part of a very delicate ecosystem, thriving only in the Mediterranean basin, where many endangered animal and plant species have their habitat. UsingCork Oak forests for industry helps prevent desertification and deforestation, thus helping protect this biodiversity hotspot (one of the 35 existing on hearth).

 

Vegan

Cork is 100% Vegan, there are no animals involved in its production. You could say that cork cells are plant cells since cork grows in the trunk of a tree, it is its bark.

 

 

 

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19 comments

  1. Trust me all this information is new to me …Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Yes, yes, and yes! I love cork products – as strange as it sounds, I really started loving it when I visited Portugal where you can find all sorts of cork souvenirs. 🙂

  3. There is so much to learn about the cork that I didn’t know until now. This post is helpful and helps you in the choice, so I appreciate it for a future purchase. Thanks. – Paolo

  4. I’ve noticed a lot of products are using cork recently!

  5. Thank you so much for promoting such an amazing vegan product! I wish more people would write posts like this. Thank you ?

  6. Wow, I never thought so my or even read so much about Cork before, we sometimes use it for our DIY projects. Thanks for enhancing our knowledge

  7. Indeed, never heard this facts about Cork, I would never think of it as a Vegan product. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Sounds informative! It’s new to me. Today I read something new informative post. Thanks for sharing ❤️

  9. I didn’t realize that it was vegan – I have seen cork floors and they are beautiful but don’t have any cork items in my home 🙂

  10. I didn’t know there was such a lot of thought that went through the process of choosing to use a cork. I thought it was just lets use it and that’s that. So much information.

  11. I wasnt aware of this information, never thought a cork would have so many benefits.

  12. I was aware that Cork was a renewable resource but wasn’t sure of the benefits specifically especially that it’s permeable to liquids and gases!

  13. So cool! always looking for new materials that are sustainable.

  14. i have watch a doumentary of this…they are harvesting lots of cork somwhere in portugal..they are doing carefullly without killing the three itself being done with expertise…love watching it

  15. I love cork products. We actually reuse a lot of the bottle corks we get from wine and other products for things throughout our house. I had no idea it came from a tree though! I don’t know why I never thought of where it actually came from but it’s nice to know that they can harvest the materials without actually damaging or having to cut down the trees. It makes me feel a little better about using the products.

  16. This was great to learn about cork. I never knew these attributes and benefits. I have a cork yoga block and I really like it.

  17. This is good information, I don’t know much about Cork because I barely drink wine and hardly come in contact with it, but I have learnt a lot from your post. Thanks

  18. I did not know I needed to know how corks were made. I love random facts that corks are made from the bark of the tree. That is awesome.

  19. Honestly, this information is new to me …Thanks for sharing!!

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