6 Ways to Make your Home or Workspace More Eco-Friendly in 2017

Respecting the earth and being aware of how our choices affect the environment is becoming more and more important. One of the easiest ways to make your home and workspace more eco-friendly is to use products that are natural and cause minimal harm to the environment.

Cork is a stylish and unique way to spruce up your living room, workspace, playroom, or even your kitchen! It also a great way to keep your New Year resolution of becoming more organized. And the best part is that it’s environmentally sustainable, recyclable, all-natural and organic!

That’s right, you can decorate while being environmentally conscious!

Cork is harvested by hand from the bark of the Quercus Suber, otherwise known as the cork oak tree. Harvesters gently strip and separate the outer cork bark from the trees with traditional tools, initiating the corks next regenerative growth cycle for the following 9 – 12 years. As long as harvesting is done correctly, this process does not damage the cork tree, allowing it to produce cork for approximately 200 years. No trees are ever cut down to harvest cork.

Because cork is made from bark, it offers a variation of grain, texture, and color choices, allowing you to create a unique look for your room that’s unlike any others! Cork’s surface is antistatic, antimicrobial, and when sealed properly it’s water-resistant, which makes it great for people with allergies. It also contains a waxy, fire-resistant substance called suberin, which makes cork naturally fire-resistant.

Here are some of our favorite ways to make your space more eco-friendly:

1. Kid’s Wall Art Display

Add warmth and function to your kids’ playroom with a cork wall coverings. Your kids will love decorating the cork wall with art projects and crafts! Picture via www.dwell.com.

2. Unique Kitchen Decor

Give your kitchen some pizzazz with this natural colored cork wall covering. Photo via www.naturalmavens.com.

3. Kitchen or Bathroom Backsplashes

This one is for the wine-lovers out there! Decorate your kitchen with a wine cork backsplash! Not only will this be a talking point for all future gatherings at your house, but you will love how it helps reduce noise in your kitchen!

4. Cork furniture

Cork is hypoallergenic by nature, making it great for those that suffer from year-round allergies! Cork furniture is a chic way to make your home look more modern. Photo via www.remodelista.com.

5. Cork Flooring or Underlayment

Cork flooring is more durable than hardwood and is very easy to clean! A cork floor feels warm and even dampens sounds and reduces echoes. Perfect for your kitchen, playroom, or foyer. Photo via www.duro-design.com.

6. Organize with Cork

Transform your workspace with cork! Not only will it looks awesome, but you’ll love how easy you can stay organized with a quick push of a thumb tack! Photo via www.jacquelynclark.com.

Want more creative cork ideas? Check out our design gallery for ideas to help you get started!

Do you have an innovative, eco-friendly use for cork? Leave a reply below. We would love to hear from you!