OKIYO – ELEMENTS OF NATURE
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Cork is a material that is stripped from the bark of a cork oak tree. It is considered to be eco-friendly because the cork tree is not cut down to obtain the cork, and the tree will regenerate the cork harvested from it.
Cork is a natural product which has been used as a substitute for parts of these products which would usually be made from synthetic materials.
While it looks and feels like wood, bamboo is actually a type of grass. It grows incredibly fast and can reach full size in a fraction of the time it takes for a tree to grow. This makes it a highly sustainable material, which can actually be harder than oak, depending on the type of species.
Bamboo has been used as a substitute for parts of these products which would usually be made from plastic or other synthetic materials.
WHY WHEAT STRAW?
Wheat Straw is the stalk left over after wheat grains are harvested. Traditionally it has been treated as waste, but now it can be used in combination with traditional plastic. This reduces the quantity of plastic needed to produce an item, and accelerates its biodegradability once it is eventually disposed of.
These products are durable and re-usable, offering an alternative to single use plastic.
Trees are a natural and renewable resource that absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and store carbon in wood, which can be pulped and used to manufacture paper and cardboard.
Our paper is made from the wood pulp of sustainably farmed trees, and can be recycled over and over again.
Jute is a natural fibre made from the outer stem and skin of the jute plant. Harvested fibres are spun into yarn which is then used to make reusable bags and other products. The plants are easily farmed without pesticides, and grow to maturity within 6 months.
The material is entirely biodegradable and compostable.
Cotton plants produce fibres which are harvested, spun into thread and then woven into fabric. Cotton fabric is soft, durable and washable. It is sustainable and biodegradable making it a more natural choice than synthetic fibres, which are often petroleum based, and made from non-renewable resources.
Reusable cotton bags reduce the need for disposable plastic bags, which pollute our oceans and fill our landfills.