Cork, or Phellem, is one of the most sustainable raw materials, that grows on the cork oak tree in the Mediterranean region. The forest expands across 6.6 million acres spanning over 7 countries - Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia, and France.
Cork is obtained from the outer bark of the cork oak tree. It is stripped by hand, carefully so as to not damage the inner bark which carries out the regeneration process of the outer bark layer of the tree.
What makes cork an amazingly sustainable raw material, after all, it’s just a layer of wood?
- Uniqueness: No two cork pieces are the same.
- Recyclability and biodegradability: Cork waste is redirected towards the making of agglomerated cork products. Cork powder and chemicals released during its processing are used as fuels.
- Resistance to water and fire: The former is possible because of its internal matrix of airtight cells, and the latter is possible because of a chemical called suberin which is waxy and fire-resistant.
- Survival physical properties: Cork is highly lightweight, low-density, buoyant, and a good insulator.
Cork being a natural raw material is the reason it is so sustainable. Additionally, no cork oak tree – which regenerates for 150 years – is cut down ever to obtain a cork layer.
Keeping in mind such goodness of cork, we have designed our Cork Yoga Mat – it being highly sweat-proof and lengthy enough.
So, next time you shop for home decor or a yoga mat, you know what and where to look for!