Lifocork is a plastic that contains shredded cork to gives it a nice cork texture and reduces the use of plastic.Cork is a great renewable resources, harvesting cork doesn’t kill the tree that it is grown on, and it can be seen almost as a crop. The downside is that cork on it’s own is quite soft and not suited to heavy use. Lifocork takes the renewable cork side of things and wraps different plastics around cork granules to produce a wholly new material. So how does Lifocork hold up as a material?
- Can be formed through thermoforming and other thermoplastic methods.
- Reduces weight of product
- High heat insulation
- Grippy texture
- Available in various types both in varying the plastic and the cork content.
- Lower impact
- More combustible
- Not as durable as a pure plastic more subject to tearing forces
Lifocork is suitable for overmoulding to add grips and details to tools and other hand held items.
Manufacture & Fabrication
Cork is mixed into a thermoplastic which then can be heated to a certain temperature and fabricated like any normal plastic. It does not suit super thin applications though due to the imperfection introduced by the inclusion of the cork.
Durability & Sustainability
As cork is a renewable resource and can be sourced sustainably it makes a great additive to plastic. The plastic itself differs in the Lifocork so it is hard to pin down exactly what the impact will be but the options appear to be plastics good for composting which is useful as unless a significant amount of the plastic is collected there will be no way recycle the plastic content of the Lifocork.
Find out more at Hexopoltpe
Also if you want to hear a satisfying sound listen to this video of cork being harvested.