We really are astounded by cork and we want you to share in our excitement for this material!
Our cork is harvested from the cork oak forests in Portugal.
The cork is removed from the cork oak trees by skilled artisans. It is boiled so it expands and is more malleable, is cut into very thin sheets, glued to cotton or polyester and treated with non-toxic, animal-product free seal. The cork can then be kept in its natural colour, be mixed with small bits of natural cotton to add flecks of colour, coloured with natural dyes or laser printed. With these sheets we make the beautifully soft products that you'll find on our website. Every piece of cork is as unique as your fingerprint so no two products will be exactly the same.
Did you know:
NASA use it to insulate space shuttles, probes and satellites.
Scientists are making bulletproof vests, cycling helmets and car seats out of it!
Cork patterns are as unique as your fingerprint, no two pieces are the same!
Unfortunately forest fires happen. Amazingly, cork oak trees have learned to be naturally fire resistant by trapping air and water between the trunk and bark. Over time the trees have become used to being bare and actually learned to thrive!
There are approximately 2.2 million hectares of cork forests in the world. About one third of these are in Portugal.
Cork was used as long ago as 3000 BC when it was used in fishing tackle. In the 4th century BC cork was used to make floats, stoppers, shoes and roofing.
What makes cork so great?
- No harsh chemicals are used to make our products
- Biodegradable, renewable and recyclable
- Incredibly soft to the touch
- Scuff resistant and durable, it has the same durability as leather due to its honeycomb like structure
- Water resistant
- Easily cleaned with soap and water
- Unique as your fingerprint
Is cork really a renewable, sustainable resource?
The cork oak forests are playing a vital role is sustaining the environment daily. They contribute to soil conservation, regulate the water cycle, reduce carbon emissions and preserve biodiversity. After planting a cork oak tree it takes 25 years until the bark can first be harvested. It is the only tree in the world that can have the bark removed without harming the tree, making it a truly renewable material. Nine years after the first harvest, the tree is ready to be harvested again. If this process is repeated the trees live to be over 300 years old, the older they get the more smooth the cork becomes. Every cork forest in Portugal retains up to 14 million tonnes of CO2. When the cork is stripped off the tree by skilled artisans the cork tree absorbs 5 times more CO2 than before the bark was removed.