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Why is Cork so special?

Why is Cork so special? | Moddanio

1. Cork is sustainable

No tree is cut down or damaged to get cork. Each cork oak tree lives on average between 150 and 300 years and the cork harvesting is done in nine-year cycles. If you do the math, each cork oak tree supplies cork over 50 times. In other words, cork is a renewable raw material. Grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren… How many generations live through 150 years?

2. Cork is 100% natural

Yes. One-Hundred-Percent.
What is cork? It’s the bark of the amazing cork oak tree. That’s “just” what cork is: a 100% organic and eco-friendly raw material that we use to make bags, wallets, shoes, and other products. Sometimes we think it’s a small miracle from nature. The rest of the time we’re sure of it.

3. Cork is elastic and resistant

A bag made with a raw material that has 50% of its volume made of air? We understand the scepticism but the truth is that cork is a unique raw material. Cork can handle great pressure without breaking, by simply stretching and coming back to its original shape. This is called elastic memory. The resistance of the material results from that compressibility and elasticity – it is the only solid material which can be compressed on one side while maintaining its original shape.

4. Cork is resistant to moisture

The walls of cork cells are covered in suberin and ceroids, making cork practically impermeable to liquids and gases. In addition, its great moisture resistance avoids oxidation and decay, allowing it to age without deteriorating. Just because it’s a natural product doesn’t mean that your bag is going to wear out quicker, on the contrary, it will last and last.

5. Cork is extremely smooth

There’s not much to say about this property. If you have had a piece of cork on your hand, you know exactly what we’re talking about and this is one of the most exciting things a this incredible material. Touching a cork object is a pleasure and feels like no other material.

6. Cork is fire resistant

Cork is a natural fire retardant. Additionally, it doesn’t produce toxic gases during combustion.

7. Cork is hypoallergenic

The microscopic gas pads that form its cells make cork an extremely comfortable material. Cork also has a unique ability to absorb impact and relieve pressure over joints and one’s spine but there’s more: the natural temperature of cork is very similar to that of the human body, thus contributing to increase the sense of comfort. Cork is also almost odourless and products that use cork don’t acquire unpleasant smells. Finally, cork does not absorb dust and helps to prevent allergies.

8. Cork is easy to clean

Due to its impermeability, cork products are very easy to clean. All it takes is a damp cloth and a pH-neutral detergent, such as soap, to get the job done. The quality and beauty of cork a ensured regardless of the number of times the product is washed. And we know too well that this is not the case with every material.

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