How are CORK sheets made

February 27, 2017

The Cork Oak is the only tree in the world that will not die when you strip the bark from the tree.  In fact, if done only once every ten years or so and it helps the tree thrive and live for more than 200 years on average. 

 

Once the tree reaches a minimum age of 25 (some even say 45) years the cork bark is not at its best quality and so is not harvested.   At harvesting age, the bark is stripped from the tree with an axe by a skilled cork worker in uniform sheets and taken by the truckload to the factory. 

 

Once in the factory the cork sheets are boiled in water to break down the cell structure and make the bark easier to work with. After they are dried the cork is shaved from the top in very thin sheets similar to the width of tissue paper.  In this state the cork is almost transparent. This is the top layer of the cork fabric and it is glued to the backing fabric which is most commonly a cotton/polyester blend that is in a similar color shade as the cork.  These sheets of cork "tissue paper" are placed together like patch work on the fabric and this is the reason for the various colors and patterns seen on the fabric when viewing close up.

 

Different cork grain sizes and distinctive formulations of binders are used in the manufacturing process to create composition cork rolls and sheets in grades and appearances to satisfy specific purposes and uses.

Ekokami 'Give Back' - Donation Program

November 29, 2016

Last month Ekokami team volunteered at the double Happiness Orphanage and donated 120 gift bags as part of our "Give back" program in which we make donations to local orphanages, protection of animal rights & other NGO's.

EKOKAMI Give Back Program

Ekokami Give back Program

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Ekokami Give back Program

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Behind the scene - Making a cork bag

October 06, 2016

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Seven Reasons to go Crazy for Cork!

March 23, 2016

Here at Ekokami, there are countless reasons that we love cork. In fact, we love it so much that we designed our flagship product, the Natural Cork Clutch, using it. Most people don't know what a great material cork actually is, so we decided to list out seven reasons we are crazy for cork.

Cork = Comfort

Cork has been associated with physical comfort for centuries. If you are someone who gives a great priority to comfort, cork is your ideal material for accessorizing as well as clothing. Cork also makes for great footwear and is ideal for wedges and heels, as it functions as a natural shock absorber. Cork wedges are a must-have for all your outdoor activities in the spring and summer and there are some great cork flats on the market too!

Cork Compliments YOUR Skin Tone

Cork is naturally a nude shade, and is thus a delightfully neutral colour. From fair to tan, cork compliments all skin tones and will go well with virtually any color you pair it with.

And Your Skin Will Love it!

Those of you with sensitive skin will appreciate the irritation your skin goes through when you wear the wrong material with it. Cork plays nice with skins of all types, and has proven itself to be one of the warmest, comfortable and (surprisingly) soft fabric materials on the market. Another reason cork is ideal for those suffering from skin allergies is that it contains as it contains suberine, which repels insects and bacteria naturally while keeping your accessories healthy. Moreover, since cork is a natural anti-microbial it makes an ideal material for patients suffering from chronic asthma, and other respiratory ailments.

Cork is Hardcore

Cork is not only flattering and eco-friendly, it is also amazingly functional and sturdy. For those dreary rainy days spend dodging muddy puddles, a good pair of water-resistant cork boots will let you walk in comfort and leisure. Cork is nearly impermeable, so you don't need to worry about any water seeping into your bag or boots. And an added bonus of this material is that it is naturally repellent to all kinds of dust, dirt and grease, meaning you can flaunt your fashion sense without the added anxiety of wondering whether your cork gear can hold up during your day-to-day. It can! Due to its powerful cellular composition, cork is an incredibly resistant and durable fabric to wear that is less affected by normal ware and tear than other items in your wardrobe (I'm looking at you, Suede). This means that, while your suede and leather sustain scratches, scuffs, and stains, your cork clothing or accessories will not show as much abuse.

Cork is Eco-Friendly

With cork, you can flaunt your favorite fashion without the guilt of knowing that your wardrobe took a tree to make. This is because, unlike most trees, a cork tree can be harvested about 33 times during its lifespan! And even waste scraps left over from processing are put to use with cork.

Cork is Low-Maintenance (Wash, Cleaning and Maintaining are a Breeze)

Luckily, wearing cork won't lead to a large dry cleaning bill, as a nice spin in the washing machine is all you need to wash your cork items. Can you do that with leather? Even after you spend the entire day running around town, as you sit down for lunch you wonít find any nasty creases diminishing the grace and beauty of your attire. What's more is that cork sets you apart and adds unique personality to your style. Wearing it tells the world that you are eco-friendly and an independent thinker because, in spite of its great utility, cork remains a relatively underused material in fashion. Though we at Ekokami are aiming to change that :) Leather? Been there, done that. Suede? Sure, if you like stains. Cork? When you have a material that is as durable as it is comfortable, sure, why not?!

Cork Works Year-Round

The lightweight softness, comfort and neutral color make cork the perfect fabric for spring and summer. The water resistant properties and durability make it ideal for the harsh days of winter. When the rain won't go away, you can sleep easy knowing that your cork is up to the task. And because it place nice with water, cork fares very well in humid environments as well. You can think of cork as leather's lighter, softer, and overall cooler younger cousin. It won't retain stains and is an ecologically sustainable material to use, so you can enjoy it with a clear conscience.

Window farming as an enhancement to sustainable living condition

November 01, 2014

Sustainable design to boost the overall eco lifestyle with indoor gardening

Description: There are different techniques in which women have adapted to enhance their indoor home surroundings. Window farming, also known as indoor gardening is one of the methods most women have opted to incorporate in their design ideas due to its sustainability.

In order to understand the incorporation of indoor gardening as a reputable sustainable design, there are many factors that need to be discussed. Generally, it is primary to understand the differences that encompass achieving sustainable living conditions by employing the principles of sustainable design, which in this case can be achieved through certain practices such as window farming among other eco lifestyle practices.

How is sustainability achieved through window farming?

The principles incorporated in sustainable design are based on different factors. For one, it is necessary to understand that the practical application might vary depending on the disciplines although by the end of the day, the objectives will be sidelined to one singular path. Sustainability in this case is ensured by the use of

  • Materials that require little energy- these materials are mostly referred to as low impact materials. The objective is to choose non-toxic materials which can either be those sustainably produced for that particular purpose or recycled materials that would not need a lot of energy in order to process them.
  • Products that require lesser energy highly endorsed when coming up with the best eco lifestyle. Note that these materials should also be of the best quality and able to last longer.

Understanding a window farm and sustainable ideas

Women have grown fond of indoor gardening these days as it is the perfect way to bring beauty in their homes and minimize on those industrially produced toxic substances that could act as risk factors in terms of health. Window farms allow sustainable lifestyle since it’s a composition of nature in high design. For urban dwellers, it has become their gardening fantasies and indeed, a vision for every eye that loves natural beauty.

Why choose indoor gardening as interior and exterior sustainable designs

According to the bill of rights for planet earth and the sustainability measures that experts have decided to employ, there is no easier way to eliminate the concept of waste other than optimizing the full life-cycle produces to ensure standard among other rights. In all, before architects sit down to come up with the design of a new building, a lot of things are incorporated thus why people talk of sustainable architecture, sustainable landscapes and garden designs as well as organic farming among others.

- See more at: http://ekokami.com/window-farming/#sthash.MXyioeU2.dpuf

Eco Design Bags- Variety and Better Prices for Everyone

November 01, 2014

Are you looking for cheap handbags, eco design bags? The prefix “eco” is so readily used nowadays, may be to please the tree huggers or something. However, when we talk about eco friendly bags here, we mean that they are just more than functional bags. You see, as well as give you great service; you will also be doing the environment one good turn. There are green alternatives for everything, so why not look for green alternatives for bags? Here, we shall look at a few types of eco design bags that you can look for in the market. They include:

Green Laptop bags

These are readily available and with many people associating green with expensive, the truth is that they are very affordable. Not only are they green, but they are also very stylish and you will not for once regret using them. These bags come in all varieties for every type of product that you may have at home.

School backpacks

School backpacks are among the most heavily used bags in the market. They must be reliable, made of a durable organic fiber so that they last the longest time possible. They are very user friendly and since most kids seem to be allergic to the synthetic fibers, these are great for them as they cause no harm, even if they come into contact with the skin. The eco design bags are very strong, and they will handle all the stuff that school goers need to carry with them every school day.

Tote Bags and clutch bags

You have to see these to believe them. They are just great and if you love a good bag that is made of natural fiber, and that will last a long time, you have come to the right place. Would you love green tote bags that have been made form 100% recycled cotton? They are readily available for you here, and if you would love to save some sound money while you are at it, you have come to the right place.

Clutch bags are the perfect accessories for every woman, but they come even better when they have been made using organic fibers and when they are colored with natural dye. For a very affordable price, you could be the most eco-friendly woman around. Since they come in so many designs, you will actually be spoilt for choice.

Beach bags

If you would like to enjoy yourself on the beach the green way, you will love the affordable beach bags that you will find here. It does not matter that you are a designer name freak because you will find many brand names here.

Cheap handbags for women

Good thing with eco design bags is that they are not only green, but they are very affordable. Cheap handbags do not mean that they are substandard, but it means that you will find them very affordable. What design do you have in mind? Browse through the available options and no matter what choosy a woman you are, you will find one that will meet all your needs.

Messenger bags for women

Women love color, and they love a bag that can hold everything because they really do carry a lot of stuff. That is why the green messenger bags for women come in many varieties and in all sizes to meet the unique needs of as many women as possible.

See? What eco design bags do you need? You will find everything that you may need here. If not, then it is probably not in the market.

- See more at: http://ekokami.com/eco-design-bags-ekokami/#sthash.ZVXL5gal.dpuf

About recycled products and products from recycled materials

November 01, 2014

About recycled products and products from recycled materials

There are many recycled products that can be used in our homes. Attaining a sustainable living situation has been the subject of study these days and one way to aid in this is by maximizing on the potential in products from recycled materials. It is obvious that you have seen a lot of information about sustainable living in the news and the methods to use in order to achieve one including using items made from recycled materials and maintaining an environmentally friendly atmosphere. Note that this also presents you other potential benefits like saving money. The only challenge is based on purchasing energy efficient products such as solar panels as they can be expensive. However, recycled products are able to help you access these benefits with zero worries of extra expenditure. In fact, the advantages are the other way around as they can help you save some good money by the end of the day.

Paper recycled products

Paper products are some of the leading recycled materials up to this time. We have all heard about the procedures involved when converting pulp to paper especially during the paper making process. From time to time, you have wondered on how to make a paper bag, but yet again, you have seen various people come knocking to your door in order to purchase some old newspapers from you, while you could also find a way to sell those newspapers at a better profit, you will realize that after processing them, they are transformed into other useful products such as tissue papers, paper bags and printing papers among others. Any kind of paper in the house can therefore be categorized as a renewable product. If you intend to conduct a lot of printing work, recycled products, especially paper can be a valuable resource. Let alone that, in case you are holding a party, you can also purchase paper cups and paper plates, which are disposable for recycling. Although the cost of these products is slightly lower than the usual non-recycled products, they are eco-friendly and thus why they are recommended if you intend to have and keep your home green in that manner.

Glass recycled products

Although paper and clothing features among the leading recycled products use at home, glass is also another counterpart that can sometimes be left out. Whenever you find it necessary to replace a broken window in your home, instead of purchasing those expensive newly manufactured panels, you can always order a recycled one. This is glass that is recycled from the normal glass like items we use at home such as plates, glasses and cups. In fact, some people have realized that purchasing recycled glass is a lot convenient than focusing on other kinds of options, especially on their dishware.

Why consider recycled products?

Recycled products are produced in different varieties, sizes and shapes. While they are many, the paper product has higher popularity in the US and other countries when compared to Glass, polyethylene and plastic. However, this does not suggest that those other products don’t have their own audience. Overall, the point of keeping your surroundings eco-friendly is all to ensure that products we purchase will enlist in the category of those to be used from the first stage all the way to the third stage and save money in the process.

- See more at: http://ekokami.com/products-from-recycled-materials/#sthash.fBKnUL5b.dpuf

The purpose of environmental green products

November 01, 2014

The purpose of environmental green products

Gardeners and landscapers enjoying environmental products

Description: Building specialists, developers, project managers, retail customers, landscapers among others are all enjoying environmental green products these days. The idea is to find alternatives in the non-toxic green building industry, better referred to as eco-building.

Farmers, garners, landscapers or even those people undertaking such duties as hobbies have opted to find sustainable green products. There are a lot of benefits you get when you maximize on the potential of environmental green products instead of other chemicals based environmental products.  Although either of the products will have its own benefits, overall, their objectives will remain similar.

About environmental green products

An environmental product must address the concept of sustainability, durability and above all, they need to address every individual’s goal in the field of design. In the field of sustainable sources, eco friendly goods are gaining a lot of popularity on the account of traditional products. Generally, cleaning agents are chosen according to their principle application but when the issuance of environment comes in, the choosing of products that do not pose environmental risks. A green product carries low impact risk on the environment when compared to the chemically produced items.

Renewable resource as an idea for choosing environmental green products

Most green products will economize on natural renewable resources thus giving way to less energy use during the manufacturing process. Crude oil or natural gas consumes a lot of energy. Among other products that could be regarded as green are building materials. Note that for a building item to be considered as a green environmental product, it must maximize on post consumer recycled products. This is largely practiced in the production of items such as polyethylene as well as recycled tires among others.

Health considerations as ideas for choosing green environmental products

Unlike those industrially produced chemical products, which may pose some health risks by the combinations of hazardous and toxic substances naturally present, these health risk factors can be minimized especially to those people who are regularly exposed to such chemical ingredients. Generally, the elements in some environmental products might pose different kinds of risks such as respiratory issues.

What is the environmental impact of green environment products?

On the account of toxic emissions, green products have a tendency of avoiding manufacturing processes, which may account to negative impacts like pollution of water and air. Generally, for the safety of the environment and ensuring life for the next generation, the positive response presented by any green eco friendly environmental products is the reason; the continued practice is highly empowered to different groups of people thus ensuring sustainability.

 

- See more at: http://ekokami.com/the-purpose-of-environmental-green-products/#sthash.tFAzBMTC.dpuf