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Paulo LimaBy Paulo Lima
First created
Paulo LimaBy Paulo Lima
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€731
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14
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, September 11 2018 12:29 PM UTC +00:00

About

don´t miss one to wear
don´t miss one to wear
An amazing and fabulous natural resource
An amazing and fabulous natural resource

Cork is a natural raw material which is 100% biodegradable, recyclable and renewable. It has unique properties that no technology is able to emulate. Recent advances in R&D and Innovation allow the high technical performance of this 100% raw material to be enjoyed like never before - AS ENDLESS AS THE IMAGINATION.

My Story with this project began in the Summer of 2017, when I visited the cork forests in Portugal and cork companies with some customers of mine. We were taking photos of the astonishing landscape, looking at the workers how they harvest the cork Oaks.

Cork Oak Forest in Portugal
Cork Oak Forest in Portugal

In the evening we all went out to dinner. We talked a lot about everything we saw:

1. ...the harvesting

 2. ...the storage

3. ...factories and cork stoppers production

 ...and during our interesting conversation about all this, how fabulous cork is and also the importance to do the recyclable of it, I came to idea to

Among the numerous international brands displayed in the shops, all are made of rubber or leather. Cork Flip Flops are Eco-friendly, sustainable footwear.

We are launching simultaneously a Cork Stopper Recycling Program all across Germany and will follow in other countries. We have already 1000 spots to start. Simultaneously, people are going to be alerted to the advantages associated with the recycling of cork stoppers.


WHY RECYCLING CORK STOPPERS

Cork stoppers are completely recyclable and reusable. Although recycled cork shall never be used in stoppers again, it may be incorporated into other materials like memo pads, insulation, coverings or flip flops. As a 100% natural product, cork stoppers are biodegradable and do not pollute the atmosphere if they are thrown in the rubbish bin.

12 billion cork stoppers of all types are produced annually. So, there are a lot to recycle.

According to the LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers in compliance with environmental management standards ISO 14040 and ISO 14044, each natural cork stopper is responsible for the capture of 112g of CO2. 12 billion cork stoppers a year, represents a total of over 150.000 tonnes of CO2 captured per year.

The environmental motivation is one of the most important factors in recycling. Cork stoppers absorb CO2 particles that have been retained by the bark of the cork oak. In each tonne of cork stoppers, around 1.07 tonnes of CO2 is retained, in as endless process, since the reuse of this raw material is unlimited.

            FACTS and CURIOSITIES

Cork oak forests occupy an estimated area of over 2.2 million hectares in the West Mediterranean basin. Around 90% of the area of distribution of the species is found in Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Algeria, South France and Italy.

From all the cork oak forests, approximately 700 000 hectares are located in Portugal and 100 000 tonnes of cork are harvest each year. Portugal is the largest producer worldwide, being responsible for 50% of the world´s cork production.

HOW IMPORTANT ARE CORK OAK FORESTS?

The montados (cork oak forests) are an important environmental, social and economic pillar in Mediterranean countries. They support a unique and fragile ecology which constitutes a habitat for rare and endangered species. They are the foundation of one of the 35 most important ecosystems in the world for preserving biodiversity - on par with Amazon, African Savanna and Borneo. Over 200 animal species and 135 plant species find ideal conditions for survival in the cork oak forest.

"montado" - cork oak forests
"montado" - cork oak forests

Perfectly adapted to the warm climate and arid soil, cork oak forests protect against erosion and resulting desertification. They are barrier against fire, due to the weak combustion of cork. They also provide an essential contribution to the air we breathe, by absorbing carbon dioxide, which without them would be released into the atmosphere.

It is estimated that every year cork oak forests retain up to 14 million tonnes of CO2.

WHAT IS CORK?

Cork is the bark of the Cork Oak Tree.

HOW LONG DOES A CORK OAK LIVE?

A cork oak tree has an average lifespan of over 200 years and can be harvest up to 25 times.

WHICH IS THE OLDEST CORK OAK TREE IN THE WORLD?

The oldest and most productive cork oak in the world is the Whistler in Portugal. The tree was planted in 1783. Stands over 14 meters tall and the diameter of its trunk is 4.15  meters. It won in 2018 the prize as The European Tree of the Year.

WHAT IS THE CONTRIBUTE OF THE CORK OAK IN OTHER INDUSTRIES?

Nothing is wasted. All its components have a useful ecological  or economic purpose. Here some examples:

Design
Design
Architecture
Architecture
big wave record Nazaré-Portugal 104ft with cork surf board
big wave record Nazaré-Portugal 104ft with cork surf board
aerospace
aerospace
sports
sports

DID YOU KNOW THAT CORK IS USED IN SPECIAL EFFECTS IN CINEMA?

Thanks to its lightness, cork granulates are used in special effects scenes to simulate explosions. This technique was used in films such as Total Recall, Mission Impossible, Ghostbusters, Volcano or Dante´s Peek. As a general rule, in films when bullets are shown hitting something, the particles projected after the impact are made of cork.

IS CORK GOOD FOR YOUR WEALTH?

When it is applied to flooring and FOOTWEAR, cork contributes to improve posture and reduce physical effort. The University of Bordeaux II also discovered that cork stoppers pass health-giving properties, like antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties, to the wine.

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Risks and challenges

We have experience in the entire chain, from the production, through logistics, sales to the distribution.

The common risk is the lack of raw material, not because there are less cork oaks, but the growing demand for cork to use in the most diverse projects. This may lead to slight delay in delivery. However, we will be providing updates to keep you fully informed.

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