Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal


The Jury of the Techtextil Innovation Award has decided to award the project "Cork-a-tex Yarn", the prize TECHTEXTIL INNOVATION AWARD 2019 in the category "new material", one of the 7 categories and considered the most important prize. This is the first time, that a Portuguese project wins this worldwide prestigious prize ever.

The Award Ceremony took place together with the official Opening of Techtextil and Texprocess 2019, organized by Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH. Techtextil is the Leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, the largest and most recognized international event in this field and its awards are sought after by all who make Research and Innovation on that area.


About CORK-A-TEX YARN, the innovative and disruptive yarn with high incorporation of cork.

Cork is the nature’s own high-tech achievement which features cannot be replicated by anything man-made. An emblematic European Heritage material widely recognized internationally. The cork oak forests in Europe are one of the 35 most important ecosystems hotspots in the world for preserving biodiversity and a natural CO2 retainer (Portuguese oak forests retain more than 13milion tonnes of CO2 per year).


The growing demand for new textile solutions, particularly in the area of eco-design and sustainability lead us thinking how to surpass the difficulties and limitations of using cork-based materials on the market apparel and home textiles.


Considering the importance of the Cork and Textiles sectors in the Portuguese and European traditional Industries, there was the emergence of the "Cork-a-Tex" Project - with the objective of developing sustainable textile substrates with cork waste from used cork stoppers, old cork products, or recicable cork among others, thus a great example of circular economy.


Result: Composed by Cotton or other sustainable textile material together with Cork waste, is an innovative and high performance yarn that simultaneously incorporate the properties of textile substrates at the level of comfort, breathability, touch and appearance and the functional benefits of cork: natural, comfortable and warm feeling, hypoallergenic with high friction resistance and good resilience.


Woven fabric with cork yarn comparing with same fabric produced with cotton yarn without cork:+ Breacking strength and elongation; + Abrasion resistance; + Resistance to pilling; + Dimensional stability to domestic washing and drying; + Determination of antibacterial activity; + Tear resistance


Cork-a-Tex-Yarn was the result of a project led by Sedacor (producer of cork products), in partnership with Têxteis Penedo (producer of home textiles), CITEVE (Portuguese Textile & Clothing Technological Center) and the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, with the support of the Portuguese Government and European Union.