Cork molding is a fascinatingly simple process that has dramatically expanded the potential viable applications for cork.
We stumbled across this process by chance while were developing our original packaging 10 years ago and it has become a central element to our design both aesthetically and functionally ever since. With our recent packaging evolution, we returned to Porto in the north of Portugal to oversee our new products and see for ourselves how far the process has come since our initial explorations.
For our visit, we met with Sara, the custodian and director, of the cork molding factory who guided us through the process and accompanied us as we reviewed the first production pieces from our new tooling.
How 3D cork molding works:
After we finished our quality checks and captured some short videos and a few photographs we joined Sara in the R&D showroom. Exploring the various samples we learned from Sara about the new developments and techniques that have become possible since our last visit. It is without a doubt that this is the very beginning of reconnection and revolution for working with highly sustainable materials in a scalable way that offers a true alternative to 20th-century petrochemical-based materials.
It’s an honour to not only have the opportunity to work with this incredible material but also to be part of the story of promoting the use of this sustainable resource. We hope you find some inspiration in this process and have a renewed respect for the thought and care that has gone into producing our AJOTO packaging.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a personal thank you to Sara and her team for all these years and effort in developing our products and for sharing their story.