Can You Compost Cork? Yes! Here's How...
Our cork roller is built to endure a lifetime of sustainable recovery, but should you ever decide to replace or dispose of your cork roller, here’s some ideas.
Cork is naturally biodegradable like any plant based material.
It will biodegrade over time, when exposed to the natural elements such as sun, rain and dirt. However, there is one factor that makes cork the perfect material for exercise equipment but slows down its rate of degradation. Cork is naturally impermeable to liquid. This is a crucial reason why we chose to use cork rather than other materials as sweat is not absorbed during recovery sessions. However, this means cork degrades slower than some other natural wood and bark.
Fortunately, there are a few things we can do to ensure our beloved cork rollers break down in a timely manner once their life’s work is done.
To give all your composting material the best chance of breaking down it is worth ensuring there is a 50:50 ratio of brown and green material. Cork is a brown composting material – be sure to include plenty of green clipping to the mix to break it down even faster!
Break the roller down into smaller pieces before you dispose of it. The smaller the pieces the faster it will biodegrade.
Look to repurpose your roller after its life as a masseuse. Due to the impermeable nature of cork you can use small pieces of cork in garden beds to lock in moisture (3). Alternatively, you can place small blocks of cork at the bottom of garden beds to assist in drainage.
Or, pop a block of wood on top of your roller…and voila! Bedside table!
We hope you will use your cork roller for as long as exercise is a part of your life. However, in an age where we are consuming and discarding goods at an alarming rate, we believe it's essential that brands recognise and understand the end-of-life scenarios of their products. Follow our suggestions to ensure your cork roller carries on to its next life!