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This ancient material is displacing plastics and creating a billion-dollar industry

Marta Vidal of The Washington Post reports on how cork is displacing plastics.

The C3 Take
  • Cork has been around for thousands of years and was used by ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used it for fishing gear, footwear, transportation.
  • As more companies look to increase their sustainability practices, cork is having a resurgence and beginning to replace plastics.
  • Cork is also very durable and its products can remain unchanged for more than 50 years.

“Part of the carbon absorbed by cork oak trees is transferred to cork products, which can be used for long periods, repurposed and recycled. Several studies found that cork is carbon negative, meaning it can store more carbon than what is required to produce it.”

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