“De Corchos” or “From wine stoppers”
Cork is a noble material that comes from the Oak Tree bark, therefore the extraction of the material does not implies the logging of the trees. This fact was what amazed me about cork, and the principal reason to start working with it.
The principal producers of cork are Spain and Portugal, producing 72% of all the cork in the world.
The properties of cork are: recyclable, renewable (because comes from the crust of the tree, which after a few years it regenerates), light, innocuous, floatable, antibacterial, antiskid, compressible & elastic, fireproof, dielectric, thermal insulation, acoustic insulation and vibration absorption.
Also I realized that Chile doesn’t produce the material, doesn’t manufacture it and doesn’t recycle the material. However, since it is one of the biggest wine producers in the world, it spends approximately 30 million dollars per year just importing cork wine stoppers.
By these facts, knowing the several properties of cork, its provenance, and that Chile does not produce, manufacture and recycle the material was how De Corchos project was created.
De Corchos produces products with cork wine stoppers which were considered waste in Chile. For this was necessary to make several material and productive process experiments to re-agglomerate the material. It was designed for this a Low TECH productive process with molten aluminum molds. De Corchos project also worries about how the material is going to be recollected, developing a recycling plan for the country.
After all this research and experimentation, there were designed to different products: the acorn stool, a product for kids from 2 to 6 years old and the corkits, a orchard kit. Both products are related 100% with the chemical and physical properties of the materials.
Designing these products, De Corchos project is starting to make a change in Chile working on the incorporation of wine stoppers considered waste to the market in products that can transcend in time.