All our One Love Eco Sport products are made out of natural or recycled materials from sustainable resources or waste products, such as cork, wood and tire rubber. The production process is fully handmade and our products are made with love and passion for the environment. Our artisanal workshop is located in Portugal, where the world’s largest cork oak forest area exists and a strong cork tradition is still alive.
Cork is a truly sustainable natural product that is derived from the cork oak tree, Quercus suber. The cork oak is a worldwide unique tree, as its bark is harvested still by hand without harming the alive tree. New bark, the cork, continuously grows and can be harvested every 9 years. Cork is naturally hypoallergenic, smooth, grips well and just feels good when touching it. For our One Love Eco Sport products we mostly use cork agglomerate which is a residual of the wine stopper industry.
Buy our cork products and you help protecting the vital cork oak forests!
The sustainable and integrated agroforestry “Montado” of the cork oak forest protects and maintains a unique ecosystem that is home to millions of plants and animals, from which some are strongly endangered, for example the Iberian lynx and Eastern imperial eagle. Cork oak forests are highly essential for the Mediterranean landscape as they protect the soil from erosion, increase the water retention, sequester carbon dioxide and regulate the climate of the region.
For our Oppala Balance Board we make anti-slip and anti-noise stoppers out of old car tires in an up-cycling process. Car tires fill up our landfills quickly and often end up in the environment here in Portugal, although in Europe 95% of tires supposed to be recycled. Recycling processes of tire rubber is highly energy consuming. Thus giving a new purpose to car tires offers a solution to reduce waste.
For our Oppala Balance Board we use PEFC and FSC certified Wisa ply wood, a cross-bonded multi-layer panel that are manufactured out of birch veneers.These certificates guarantee, that the wood raw material is from sustainably managed forests with legal logging operations.