Cork

cork

Like hemp and rubber, cork is another sustainable material that has been used in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world to build sustainably constructed structures for many years. Cork is a unique material that is harvested mainly in Portugal for a number of things. However, within recent years many people in the sustainable movement have found uses for cork in building projects. Below is a brief introduction to the material of cork and some of the ways that you can use it for your own projects. In an effort to protect the environment and the earth we all live in, it is a great idea to utilize this natural resource.

Cork as Bricks

There are a number of sources of sustainable bricks to choose from. Some people use larger brick options, such as straw, which can be placed in bales and stacked into walls. However, other people use adobe, which is a clay and straw mixture with water in order to seal their homes or buildings. These two forms of bricks have a long history and humans have been using them for many centuries. However, new research and technology has allowed people to build certain buildings with cork.

It is no surprise that the sustainable movement has gained so much traction over the past few years. Within only a short period of time they have been able to introduce completely new materials that are not only environmentally friendly, but also cost efficient. One of the biggest problems with the environmental movement is that it is seen as inefficient for building cheaply. However, this has been proven false time and time again. Cork is yet another material that can be used instead of the unsustainable materials that are currently being utilized for construction projects in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world.

Harvesting of Cork

One great aspect of cork is that it is so easy to harvest and is in great abundance. Most uses for cork are not very substantial, such as wine stoppers. There are many hectares of cork in the world, which makes it an abundant resource that will regenerate far faster than humans can use it for construction projects. At the current rate there is too much cork in Portugal and many other places in the world, which is unlike many other products, like timber.

Timber is usually commercially cut in huge swathes which disrupt the ecosystem and contribute to deforesting on a large scale. It is unfortunate that these events happen, but the sustainable community has started using cork in greater quantities in order to reverse this trend.

By using cork in your building projects you will be sending a clear message to the harvesters that you would like sustainable resources to be used rather than ones that are hurting the environment. The best way to make a change in the sustainable community is to show with your wallet. Using cork for your building purposes will help you to save money and contribute to this ideal.