CorkanaTEX™ : Cork-Cannabis Textile
A zero-waste, CO2 negative, biodegradable, plant-based, leather-like material made from the most sustainably harvested cork oaks and hemp fibers in Europe.
How is CorkanaTEX made?
HARVESTING CORK OAK
Well adapted to hot climates, the extraction of cork bark is carried out only once every 9 to 14 years, and debarking the outer layer helps fascilitate new bark growth behind the freshly exposed trunk surface.
Cork oak savannahs, referred to as montados, are ecosystems found in Southwestern Europe that require active management and use by humans to ensure their continued existence.
Because of its remarkably unique timber-free bark, the cork oak has been managed, harvested, processed in a wide variety of products and has been protected by Portuguese law since the 13th century.
DRYING, GRADING AND PRESSING
After the laborous harvest is over, the cork bark are bound and transported to storage facilties. The cork bark are then sorted by grade, sterilized in steam vats and then left to dry in open air.
As soon as the cork bark bundles are 100% moisture-free, they are then methodically constructed into a unique disk-like formations, stacked and then compressed using a specialized machine, turning the pure cork bark into a solid cork cylinder.
Once the cork bark has been pressed and prepared for processing, it is then fused with a hemp or organic cotton fabric using our uniquely formulated bio-adhesive from plant-based components.
CorkanaTEX has been developed using a patented technology that protects both the process and the finished material.
DYES AND FINISHING
CorkanaTEX is solely dyed and treated with a blend of tree resins, plant oils, earth pigments and natural waxes.
NO artificial plastics, acrylics, polyesters, silicones, paraffins or hazardous chemicals.