Cork is getting increasingly more attention and for excellent reasons. The versatility of the product is just short of endless. Cork is a natural product harvested from the bark of the cork tree.
The honeycomb structure and chemical composition of the bark are responsible for the unique and expansive properties of the material.
Cork is used in various diversified industries due to its vast complementary and opposing characteristics. To name a few:
- Elasticity, resiliency, and durability: cork is composed of millions of tiny cells per cubic centimetre, each cell acting as an air pocket – this allows for extraordinary elasticity and resilience to pressure. The honeycomb structure is to thank for the cork’s high durability and friction coefficient.
- Dust repellent, stain, and water resistant: cork’s molecular structure of fatty acids and heavy organic alcohol renders it impervious to both liquids and gases while simultaneously repelling dirt and dust, giving it hypoallergenic properties too.
- Lightweight and insulator
- A large percentage of cork makeup is gaseous matter resulting in a very lightweight product capable of floating on water. It is this characteristic that makes it an excellent insulator.
- Biodegradable, renewable, sustainable, and recyclable properties exist 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 appealing look and feel of the product have opened doors to the fashion and design industry.
As the industry moves more and more towards responsible ecological and sustainable practices, cork offers an ideal and attractive solution.
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