Turns out cork doesn’t just work well for keeping your wine fresh. It also has an impressive resumé of eco-friendly credentials that could revolutionise our accessories, as well as the packaging they come in.
Legally, cork can only be harvested from the bark of a tree every nine years to prevent stressing and there’s a sustainable ethos throughout the material’s entire life span, as it’s completely biodegrade so can be returned back into the soil after use, leaving no toxic residue at all.
At the end of last year, Lush launched packaging for its all-natural shampoo bars that was made from, you guessed it, cork. Eco-friendly credentials aside, its also a super practical choice for cosmetics as it draws excess moisture away, preserving soap and makeup items.
Lush works with a Portuguese not-for-profit group, Eco Interventions, who sustainably manage an expanse of cork fields in Southern Portugal.
Speaking alongside Eco Interventions at the Lush Summit’s Cork Creations talk in February, Nick Gumery said: “The future is definitely in cork.”
And if it’s good enough for NASA, it’s good enough for us (and our accessories). Here’s a round up of some cool cork-based treats:
- brinleyandco / Etsy
- Cork Co
- goldenponies / Etsy
- Studio Cork
- SantiCork / Etsy