mind the cork was founded in 2015 by product designer Jenny Espírito Santo - the owner and one-woman-band behind the brand.
"About seven years ago, I became intrigued about the possibility of using cork in product design, which turned into an all-consuming hobby and, eventually, a business. My work pays homage to the understated beauty of cork and combines playful minimalism with sustainable materials to create exciting and thoughtfully crafted objects for the home."
mind the cork has been featured in publications including Elle Decoration, Living Etc, The Guardian, Homes & Garden, House Beautiful, Country Homes, and The Times.
Cork trees are harvested, not cut down.
The first harvest happens when the tree is around 25 years old, then every 10 years or so. The tree continues on living, unharmed.
Cork trees have a positive ecological impact
Cork helps with ground water retention, soil conservation and forest fire prevention.
Cork trees absorb lots and lots of CO2
Each time a cork tree is harvested, cork bark regenerates itself and the trees store CO2.
Cork trees promote biodiversity and wildlife
Cork oak forests are home to 135 plant and 42 bird species per square meter, and have a rich diversity of fauna, many of which are endangered.
Things that Matter
As the business continues to grow beyond a one-woman band, my goal is to build a brand that has fairness, honesty and positivity at its core. I work closely with craftspeople and small factories in the UK and Portugal. They are all an integral part of mind the cork’s production process, and I believe in working flexibly, paying fairly and creating solid relationships built on mutual trust and respect.
PRODUCTION & THE ENVIRONMENT
Cork is a renewable material, and its harvest does not require cutting down the cork oak trees. As a result, it helps maintain wildlife diversity and promotes reforestation.
mind the cork prides itself in creating collections in small batches to avoid waste and overstock. In the studio and the production line, we also pay close attention to reducing waste and reusing whenever possible.
PACKAGING – WE ALL GET THROUGH SO MUCH OF IT!
Plastic, single-use, overuse – We all know the issues around packaging!
Whenever possible, mind the cork orders are shipped using a mix of recycled cardboard and paper packaging that can be reused or recycled.
Though mind the cork is not 100% plastic-free just yet, I only use it if no other option is available or if re-using packing that has been sent to the studio.