Did you know that there’s a whole line of fashionable products and accessories that are made from this humble but sassy and sustainable material? Who knew cork could be so cool?
I just learned all about the “Cork” from a woman named Marla (a.k.a. the Cork lady). She’s the owner of a small business called Portuguese Connection. She sells everything from ceramics to cork products made in Portugal.
A bit of history from the Cork lady
“Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak (Quercus suber). It’s the protective layer around the trunk of the tree. It’s cut from trees no less than 9 years old and that same tree cannot be cut again for another 9 years. Portugal provides over half of the world’s cork production.”
(For more info: http://www.saomarcosdaserra.com/cork.php)
- Cork boards, floor tiles, gaskets, cork rubber, bottle stoppers, shoes, and even musical instruments.
- Cork textile fabric – bags, organizers, wallets, bookmarks.
Characteristics of cork:
- It is extremely resistant to heat and water
- It shows great elasticity
- It is buoyant
- Each product made from this material has its own unique character
Cleaning is easy:
Cork products are easy to clean. All that’s needed is a soft cloth, water, and a mild soap.
Why buy cork products?
- It’s a great alternative to leather
- It’s lightweight
- It’s eco-friendly
- It’s durable
- It’s water and heat resistant
- It’s easy to clean
- Its recyclable