As we’ve discussed before, we’re avid Pinners (especially our Art Director, Maia, who has offered up her top tips.) We also still hold an affinity for the time-honored tradition of tearing pages out of magazines and using an old fashioned cork board. In schools and many offices, corkboards are referred to as bulletin boards and they serve as a place to pass on news. This term was adopted by online communities who referred to early message boards as ‘online bulletin boards.’
Where does cork come from, however? Cork is part of a tree; in fact, it’s the outer layer of bark of the cork tree. Unlike harvesting a tree for paper, harvesting the cork doesn’t require chopping down the tree. Instead it’s sheared off, sort of like wool from a sheep. After the tree is 25 years, cork can be stripped from the trunk and then harvested every 9 years after. Cork trees live for approximately 200 years. About half the cork in the world is grown in Portugal.
Cork is buoyant and light weight, so it’s not heavy to attach to a wall. It’s naturally elastic so can easily be pricked with a pin, but is also impermeable which makes it great for its most common (and our favorite) use- wine bottles!