Introducing cork to Aunty Lucy’s

Simple, natural, heat-resistant and sustainable. Our new cork coasters are here to serve you. It’s taken us a while, but we knew we wanted a coaster and we knew we wanted cork, we just couldn’t find the best ones. Finally, they’re here.

Why coasters?

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, our 100% natural beeswax candles are dripless. It’s just one of those magical properties of this natural product that make it so amazing. But we know this can be hard to believe, so, to ease some minds, we wanted to provide the option to have a coaster for your candle in case of any unforeseen spillage.

Apart from this, coasters can help enhance the look of the candle. We knew we wanted a thick coaster and it had to be heat resistant. We wanted something that aligned with our simple and natural candles, something that wasn’t too loud and overbearing. These coasters will look lovely wherever you set them, inside or outside. We can’t wait to see them in use.

Why cork?

It’s no secret that we love sustainable products, and cork was no exception. There are so many benefits to cork that outweighed any wood or glass alternatives. Here’s why:

It’s completely natural, biodegradable and recyclable

Cork comes from cork oak trees (Quercus Suber), predominantly found in Portugal. The natural nature of cork makes it biodegradable. If need be, you can throw your cork coaster into your garden along with the final remains of your beeswax candle to break down together. Cork is also recyclable and doesn’t emit any toxins as it undergoes the process.

Cork trees are harvested, not cut down

Cork harvesting is the most sustainable and environmentally friendly type of forestry in the world. It is carried out entirely by the skilled hands of local workers rather than machines, producing an entirely recyclable product which is self-renewing. When a cork oak is 25 years old, its outer cork layer is carefully cut and stripped off, leaving the trunk unharmed. The same tree can yield a harvest every nine years, and live to be up to 200 years. 

Cork helps with CO2 reduction and biodiversity

The cork oak trees are not only regenerative, but they do not require fertiliser, pesticides, irrigation or pruning. In Portugal, cork oaks store 17,500 tonnes of carbon in above and below ground biomass. Once the bark is harvested, the tree actually absorbs up to 5 times more carbon dioxide than usual to help the restoration process. The stripped trees release so much oxygen they are referred to in Portugal as the ‘lungs’ of the environment. WWF says ‘Cork oak forests support one of the highest levels of biodiversity among forest habitats, as well as the highest diversity of plants found anywhere in the world.’

We’re beyond happy to be able to add this natural and regenerative product to our range in a way that will serve you and your pillars. We couldn’t think of a more naturally perfect pair.

Cork Coasters

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