The honeycomb structure and chemical composition of the bark is responsible for the unique and expansive properties of the material.
Cork is used in various diversified industries due to its vast set of complimentary and opposing characteristics. To name a few;
- Elasticity, resiliency and durability – cork is composed of millions of tiny cells per cubic centimeter, each cell acting as an air pocket – this allows for extraordinary elasticity and resilience to pressure. The honey comb structure is to thank for corks high durability and high friction coefficient
- Dust repellent, stain and water resistant – Cork’s molecular structure of fatty acids and a heavy organic alcohol renders it impermeable to both liquids and gases whilst simultaneously repelling dirt and dust giving it hypoallergenic properties too
- Light weight and Insulator
- A large percentage of corks make up is gaseous matter resulting in a very light weight product capable of floating on water. It is this characteristic that makes it a great insulator
- Biodegradable, renewable, sustainable and recyclable properties exists as the material is naturally occurring and harvested without causing damage to the tree.
- Durable yet soft, waterproof, stain resistant, dust and dirt repellent... the list goes on.
- The appeasing look and feel of the product has opened doors to the fashion and design industry.
As this industry moves more and more towards responsible ecological and sustainable practices, cork offers an ideal and attractive solution.
Seems the journey for cork has just begun