Cork. We are faced with such puzzled and humoured expressions every time we mention that word to people, and we keep reminding ourselves to explain to people that we mean the kind used in wine bottle stoppers, and nothing else. But despite the giggles that ensue, it’s hard not to fall in love with this material, the way we did.
Here are some things you should know about cork :
- The cork oak trees grow predominantly in the Mediterranean, which is where our fabrics originate.
- No tree is ever cut down to obtain this material. The bark of the tree is sustainably harvested, allowing it to regenerate every nine years. This makes cork one of the most ecological materials of it’s kind.
- It’s not only natural, but also water-resistant, anti-fungal, incredibly lightweight and flexible, strong and durable. With its softness and versatility, it's no wonder cork is known as nature's leather.
- It’s porous structure not only makes it feather-light, but also gives it a beautiful texture that is so unique to the material.
The cork material we use to create our products comes from the bark of the cork oak trees. These trees grown majorly in the Mediterranean region of Europe - Portugal, Spain, Italy, France. For centuries, cork cultivation has been a family heritage in these regions. The harvesting process ensures that no tree is ever harmed. The cultivators strip the bark of the trees, allowing them to regenerate over the next nine years. Harvested cork trees absorb 3-5 times more CO2 than non-harvested trees, meaning the cork trees in Portugal alone help offset 10 million tons of carbon each year.
In most ways, cork is pretty low maintenance. Because of it’s waterproof and anti-fungal nature, it remains unaffected by moisture and humidity. If the product gets dusty, it can be wiped with a damp cloth. Like with any other material, light colours do have a higher tendency to attract dirt. However, a simple wash with a mild cleansing solutions will do the trick and help you maintain your product.