Natural and cheap, cork is making its way into more and more home products and has long been used instead of installing standard wood floors – but rarely as a round, tile-like covering made from recycled wine stoppers (which are just the beginning of what this cork-centric company has in store).
The corks collected by Jelinek are gathered from various drop-off points where people can deposit used wine corks. Some are then ground down and reconstituted for use in ceiling, wall and floor tiles, while the ones shown here are thinly cut to create coin-shaped laminate tiles for floating on sub-floor suited for kitchen or bathroom applications (thanks to the durability and water-safe nature of cork).
The little cork circles can be left in their natural state, colored like conventional tile and arranged in various patterns or inlaid within a larger normal-tile framework.
Their online store has info on do-it-yourself applications and sells sheets of cork custom-created for a variety of purposes, from construction materials mentioned above to lamp covering and hobby material, flexible fabric, granular furniture, table coasters, place mats, hot pads, serving trays, bulletin boards, piggy banks, purses and hand bags. Apparently, a floor is just the beginning.
While some of the covering material they offer is not cheap, the prices could be considered discount for something that takes so much work to process compared to new bamboo, vinyl, linoleum and other such typical and less-environmental material alternatives. Of course, the super-savvy DIY type could start collecting corks at home and hopefully build up enough to slice up for their own floors.