While cork might not be used in wine bottles as much these days, its many qualities make it a great choice as an eco-friendly fabric or a fashion item for those wanting something a little unique. Cork can even be found in the core of some cricket balls. Below are some other facts about cork which is why we love using it so much!
- Sustainable and Eco-friendly. The Cork Oak tree is never cut down and will generally live to between 100 and 300 years. Cork is harvested from the bark of the tree which helps support tree growth and the absorption of CO2. In fact, harvested cork trees absorb 3-5 times more CO2 than non-harvested trees. Cork oak trees in Portugal alone help offset 10 million tons of carbon every year. Cork trees are also important producers of oxygen.
- Lightweight, soft, and durable. Cork is long lasting, maintains its shape, and is breathable.
- Antistatic (dust won’t stick to it). Perfect for allergic persons as dust & mites cannot stick to the cork.
- Recyclable & biodegradable. Cork biodegrades completely and can be easily recycled without producing any toxic residues.
- Easy to clean (see our earlier blog post).
- Naturally water resistant.
- Cork forests (or ‘montados’ in Portuguese) rank among the top biodiversity hotspots in the Mediterranean and Europe. They are home to 135 plant species and 42 bird species, many of who are endangered or critically endangered.
- Cork is a vital source of regional rural employment. Cork oak woodlands provide employment and guarantee the survival of local communities. It has been estimated that more than 100,000 people in the seven Mediterranean cork-producing countries depend directly and indirectly on cork economies.