Cork waste becoming a new innovative textile
Cork powder is a waste material from the filings of cork in the production of bottle tops. This material enters in the industrial production process, as fuel for the machines that work cork industries. In this cyclical process, a percentage of the powder could become a new material, taking advantage of something that, in its natural state, would be almost useless. Thus we get a new application for the cork and an innovative opportunity for business. Mixed with appropriate glues, the powder becomes an extremely useful and versatile material for developing new and different products which resamble leather in appearence and. It is water and high temperature resistant and therefore, has huge potencial for adaptation to a variety of existing products.
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The new fabric, made from cork powder, shows its usefulness, especially in the field of clothing, due to its flexibility, high temperature resistance and its softness to the touch. It is non toxic, because the glues added, are used in the production of bottle tops, that are in contact with wine. It can be combined with cotton to create sewing products, accessories and coatings, plus the possibility of adding dyes. The pleasant texture and warm, earthy colours of cork powder, make this material an actractive fabric, for everyday use.