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COOL MATERIALS: Expanko Cork
Posted By NK On January 15, 2006 @ 5:54 am In Sustainable Materials | No Comments
Something old is new again! Cork enjoyed two heydays this past century: once in the roaring 20′s and again in the late 60′s & early 70′s. Overdue for a comeback, Expanko  is leading the way with new innovative patterns of their Artistico Collection . Not only is it light weight, durable, and beautiful, but as a renewable resource, it is ultimately sustainable.
Expanko uses 80-100% post-industrial waste from the wine stopper industry for their flooring content. They grind the cork into various sized granules, and then bake them to achieve three distinct tones, no dyes, no chemicals, and no VOC’s to give off fumes. The granules are then compacted into more than 20 different patterns. Sealed at the factory with water based matte polyurethane, all recommended finishes, sealers, and adhesives are water-based and eco-friendly.
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