The Portugese have known for centuries that cork is an amazing material. It is for good reason they have protected their national tree since the 13th century. They understood not only the importance of the cork oaks for the health of their environment. They also understood the value of this natural material and used it wisely. The old Portugese saying “whoever cares for their grandchildren plants a cork tree” says it all.
Now what makes cork so special? Its combination of properties, because they are not found in any other natural nor manmade material! We have mentioned them before but we can not put too much effort in giving cork the attention it deserves. So, here they are.
Cork is natural, biodegradable, renewable, recyclable, flexible, lightweight, breathable, durable, resilient, hypoallergenic, shock absorbing, compressible, fire, water & abrasion resistant, insulator against moisture & noise and impermeable to liquids & gases.
What is cork used for?
As you have just read, cork is quit a lot. And it can be used for quit a lot as well.
We all know the cork wine bottle stopper, and most of us are familiar with the use of cork in interior decoration. But did you know, cork is used in the construction of buildings, boats, cars, trams, roads, bridges, railways, dams, and airports?
Cool fact: rockets and spacecrafts are coated with a couple of centimeters of cork. The coating stops them from burning up upon exiting and entering Earths atmosphere.
Cork is also used in industrial machinery, power stations, and wind turbines. Musical instruments, sports equipment such as golf clubs and skateboards, arts, and movie sets.
Cork is even used in the medical field because of its anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-viral properties.
And of course lets not forget corks role in the fashion industry.
So, with so many different ways to cork up your life, how are you gonna do it? Become an astronaut? 😉