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Did you ever wonder where cork comes from?

Did you ever wonder where does cork come from? No worries, you are not alone, and we are here to explain everything. Cork comes from the Oak tree, a typical tree growing in Southern Europe and northwest Africa. Cork is the bark of the Oak, and it’s a 100% natural and organic material.

So, is cork wood?

Not exactly. Wood is made of the trunk of a tree, to get wood you need to cut the tree. Here is the 1st big difference: to get cork, we don't need to kill trees, on the contrary, we actually peel the tree, taking the upper layer of the trunk, which is even beneficial for its growth, this is a totally harmless procedure for the trees. This process is called uncorking.

This amazing natural plant is made of very special compounds, the main ones are lignin and suberin. Suberin gives it the hydrophobic characteristic due to the natural wax that covers it, this is why you can take your cork products under the rain or use it outside, this natural wax will repel water and dirt - yes, you read correctly! It repels dirt, great, no? ;). The lignin is responsible for the durability and resistance features. Therefore, cork is water repellant, a soft material and a super resistant material at the same time.

But how can the peel of a tree become a bowl, a bag or a stool?

After being harvested the cork is pressed, it can be pressed until it feels like a thin tissue, then it’s cut into the shape that we want. Cork is extremely elastic and for that reason the usages are endless, this is why, for example, we use cork in wine bottles as a stopper, i.e., as a way to preserve the wine, because of its elasticity cork can be under pressure in a certain shape, stopping the entrance of air, and easily be removed regaining its original shape.

The environment’s best friend

Cork is 100% natural, ecological, vegan, raw material. But we have even better news: it’s 100% recyclable! Any type of cork material can be grinded and the granulated that we obtain can be reused to make new products, since this is such a durable material, the recycle process never ends because the raw material never deteriorates. Isn't this incredible?

Here are some examples of cork usage: isolation for heat, cold and sound for houses, various kitchen accessories, furniture, fashion accessories, and we are sure much more ideas are yet to come!

Now you can explain your friends how cork can become a bowl :) 

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