Cork is not only 100% natural and biodegradable but also vegan friendly!
What is Cork?
Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree which grows in Mediterranean regions, mostly Portugal and Spain. They grow thick, bulky bark that is easy to remove without damaging the tree. Once it has been removed from the tree it is then boiled and pressed which makes it more elastic.
How Sustainable is Cork?
Cork is harvested roughly every 9 years once it has reached full maturity. Once it has been harvested the tree is unharmed and then regrows the bark. They mark the bark with the harvest year so that they are never harvested too early.
Cork is also easily recyclable!
What can it be used for?
As a material, cork is flexible, durable and lightweight, making it great for a range of uses. If you enjoy a good wine then you will probably be familiar with cork as it is most commonly used for corking wine! But, check out the list below for more uses of cork:
Cricket Balls & Baseballs (although many baseballs these days use rubber instead)
Handbags & Wallets
Rockets - cork is a great insulator!
Jewelry & Watches
Flooring - hardwearing but also soft underfoot.
Cork takes on colored dye really well, which opens up a range of creative options.