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    The Cork Blog

    Custom Made Cork Yoga Mats

    Custom Made Cork Yoga Mats

    We all know the very famous quote” yoga is the journey of the self through the self to the self”. It’s the ultimate practice to engineer your inner powers. It’s a day-to-day activity to keep your body and mind at peace. Your go-to daily activity is sure to get more wholesome with our cork yoga mats.

    Choose the perfect yoga mat that suits your style. We’ve got a wide range of options for you. This Customisation is a simple three step process.

     

    • Step 1: Choose the fabric of choice and tell us at cs.mbcork@gmail.com
    • Step 2: Approve the digital render sent you!
    • Step 3: We'll produce the mat and send it


    Hurray! Your yoga mat is ready. To more new beginnings and happy endeavours :)

    How Cork Is Harvested

    How Cork Is Harvested

    Harvesting cork is a very interesting process. Although it may seem simple it requires its own unique skills and knacks of removing it.

    Cork harvest can be classified in six steps:

    Opening
    A vertical cut is made in the cork, choosing the deepest crack in the bark. At the same time, the edge of the axe is twisted so as to separate the outer from the inner bark.

    Separation
    The plank is then separated from the tree by inserting the edge of the axe between the strip and the inner bark.

    Dividing 
    A horizontal cut defines the size of the plank to be removed. During dividing, the inner bark is frequently marked. 

    Extracting
    The plank is removed from the tree with care. The larger planks are extracted for production. The removal of entire plank depends on the skill of the worker.

    Removal
     After the stripping of the planks, some fragments of the cork remain attached at the base of the trunk. Any noticeable parasites are also removed and the tree is left clean and healthy for further growth.

    Marking 
    These cork trunks are then marked with the year of harvest. These marked trees are left undisturbed for the next 9-11 years. 

    This ancient process of harvesting the cork oak yields the best results without damaging the tree.

    The Cork Oak Tree is NOT Endangered

    The Cork Oak Tree is NOT Endangered

    Ever heard of rumors like cork in endangered, cork is in crisis and much more like that??
    But actually, are we running out of cork oak?? NO WAY!

    There's an abundance of the totally sustainable, vegan and eco-friendly material in the rural southern region of Portugal (most of the world's cork oak trees are grown here). So supposed shortage of the cork supply is indeed a myth.

    Cork industry employs more than 30,000 workers in varied jobs. They confirm that there are plenty of cork oak trees to be found in the ethically and environmentally harvested cork forests of Portugal. Regular planting ensures a continuous and steady supply without harming the tree, but the process requires some patience.
    • One Cork oak tree takes more than 25 years of growth before it’s bark can first be harvested.
    • Farmers then must wait another 9-10 years until the trees fully recover and are ready to have their outer bark layer harvested again.
    • This approach yields a high-quality raw material, while enabling the trees to live healthy for more than 300 years.
    Introspecting the cause of rumor, we figured that:
    Wine industry began switching from traditional cork stoppers to plastic corks and screw caps in the 1990s to cut costs.

    In 1923, the Portuguese government passed a law to protect the cork tree from improper or out-of-season harvest. Officials were worried that developers would clear out the cork forests to build.

    So, there's clearly an abundance of cork and cork oak trees. Cork has endless possibilities and the abundance has opened up a world of opportunities. 

    5 Cork Bag Trends for this Spring/Summer 21

    5 Cork Bag Trends for this Spring/Summer 21

    The sun is shining in its complete glory and it's time to get some natural newness to your wardrobe. The season’s biggest bag trends are now available to in our versatile cork material. After months of staying indoor, it’s now time to slay and enjoy this Summer. For the perfect bags to welcome you back to reality, we have curated the best and biggest bag trends for spring/summer 2021.

    Make room for a Vegan carryall in your summer wardrobe update. The casual, baggy style was a focal point to fit in all your essentials with ease.

    This season's sleek take on the tote handbag will get you all excited. With angular shapes, they are sleek and pretty but still just as practical as before. This handbag trend is certainly one to watch for.

    This structured bucket bag with a chunky metal chain makes it a great addition to your wardrobe. Luckily, this bag has you covered when you need a quick yet trendy shoulder bag to step out on casual occasions.

    Feel the essence and energy of summer with our satchel bag. Looking to add more color to your wardrobe?? Here’s your new best friend.

    A dreamy Cork Backpack with an art print is a sure win. It’s newness and comfort are sure to surprise you. Must haves in your summer wardrobe.

    Exclusive Printed Cork Fabrics

    Exclusive Printed Cork Fabrics

    Sheer diversity of collections and innovations are what make us the connoisseur of Fabrics and beyond. The very first phase of our digital prints start with tons of research and experimentation. Each design, style and color are chosen according to trend analysis to give a fabric with which, you can create accessories and more look top notch.

    A chic assortment of pretty florals, catchy animal prints, intriguing abstract prints and many more now available in a vegan cork fabric. Charismatic, the collection is finished on a base of soft cotton, create flattering and unique products now with ease. We are thrilled to see the exciting results and outcomes of your latest projects with our printed cork collection.

    -These are easy to sew into any complex design.

    -They do not bleed color and are waterproof.

    -New, smart and interesting patterns.

    - PETA Approved Vegan Leather Natural Cork Fabric

     

    Scallop Fan Florals

     

    Brushy Mountain Waves

     

    Botanical Floral Bursts

     

    Checkered Chess Leopard Print

     

    Ethnic Elephant Animal Print

     

    Blue Poppies

     

    Lovely White Daisy Pattern

     

    Red Poppies