Benefits of Cork products

Benefits of Cork Products

Whilst the vast majority of cork (almost 75%) is made into wine bottle stoppers, increasingly, more and more cork is being utilised in innovative and imaginative ways in the construction and fashion industries and even to the space industry. Cork production requires patience. It takes 25 years from planting a Cork Oak tree (Quercus suber) until the tree is ready for its first harvest.

The first harvest, which is known as virgin cork, isnʼt considered as good enough to be used in the production of wine bottle stoppers. Even the next harvest, which takes place 9 years later, still isnʼt good enough. It actually takes another 9 years, 43 years from planting, before the Cork Oak tree produces cork thatʼs of a high enough quality to be used as wine corks. This cork is known as bornizo cork. The bornizo  cork period lasts for around 50 years. The cork that is produced in early harvests isnʼt wasted. Apart from the environmental benefit of harvesting this wonderful tree, including helping to decrease CO2 in the atmosphere, this early harvest cork is being used in new creative and useful ways.

Cork is great for sound and heat insulation, and itʼs increasingly being incorporated into sound-proofing materials and for making durable and stain resistant floor covering. It can be made into fabric (cork leather) and even into paper. Cork is also used for all kinds of fashion and household accessories including handbags, purses, wallets, shoes, caps, watches, jewellery, mouse mats, yoga mats, iPad covers, pretty much anything you can think of!

We have selected delicately crafted, high quality cork products that transform the traditional cork look into sophisticated and contemporary objects. In a world increasingly sensitive to the preservation of the planet, why wouldnʼt you choose a cork product and give something back with every product you purchase?

Cork is 100% Natural.

What is cork? It’s the bark of the amazing cork oak tree. That’s “just” what cork is: a 100% organic and totally Eco-friendly raw material that we use to make bags, wallets, shoes, and other products. Sometimes we think it’s a small miracle from nature. The rest of the time we’re sure of it.

 

Cork is a sustainable material.

No tree is cut down or damaged to get cork. Each cork oak tree lives on average between 200 and 300 years and the cork harvest is done in nine-year cycles. If you do the maths, each cork oak tree supplies cork over 50 times. In other words, cork is a renewable raw material. Grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren… How many generations live through 200 years?

 

Light as a feather.

So light it actually floats. Over 50% of cork’s volume is made of air. Yes, air. Cork weighs only 0.16g per cubic centimetre. If your bag looks more like Sport Billy’s bag (remember him?), the last thing you want is that it’s heavy even when it’s empty. With cork that’s not an issue, its light as a feather.

 

Cork is elastic and resistant.

A bag made with a raw material that has 50% of its volume made of air? We understand the scepticism but the truth is that cork is a unique raw material. Cork can handle great pressure without breaking, by simply stretching and coming back to its original shape when the pressure disappears. This is called elastic memory. The resistance of the material results from that compressibility and elasticity – it is the only solid material which can be compressed on one side while maintaining its original format on the other.

 Amazing Benefits Of Cork Products

Considered as the global leading sustainable raw material, cork stands out as a favorite option for manufacturers and designers to further explore. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, a wine stopper might give you a clear image of traditional cork using purpose. Due to the tremendous advantages that cork has to offer, cork products are rapidly growing within wide ranges of applications. Cork is a natural material which is well known for its elasticity and impermeability. Products made from cork are also very lightweight, waterproof and stain resistant. Nowadays, cork is widely used for homeowners who are seeking for eco-friendly alternatives.

 

Cork is resistant to moisture and impermeable. 

The walls of cork cells are covered in suberin and ceroids, making cork practically impermeable to liquids and gases. In addition, its great resistance to moisture avoids oxidation and decay, allowing it to age without deteriorating. Just because it’s a natural product don’t think that your bag is going to wear out quicker, on the contrary it wall last and last.

 

Cork is extremely smooth.

There’s not much to say about this property. If you have had a piece of cork on your hand, you know exactly what we’re talking about and this is one of the most exciting things of this incredible material. Touching a cork product is a pleasure for your sense of touch.

 

Cork is resistant to fire.

Cork is a natural fire retardant. Additionally, it doesn’t produce toxic gases during combustion.

 

Cork is comfortable and hypoallergenic. 

The microscopic gas pads that form its cells make cork an extremely comfortable material. Cork also has a unique ability to absorb impact and relieve pressure over joints and spine. But there’s more: the natural temperature of cork is very similar to that of the human body, thus contributing to increasing the sense of comfort. Cork is also almost odourless and products that use cork don’t acquire unpleasant smells. Finally, cork does not absorb dust and helps to prevent allergies.

 

Cork is easy to clean.

Due to its impermeability, cork products are very easy to clean. All it takes is a damp cloth and a pH-neutral detergent, such as soap, to get the job done. The quality and beauty of cork is ensured regardless of the number of times the product is washed. And we know too well that this is not the case with every material.