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QURKIES: Eco-friendly toy blocks made of CORK! QURKIES are soft, silent and compatible with the plastic blocks.

Type Startup or self-employed
Founder 2018
Company Size 1
Member Type
Innovator
Founders Ruud van den Heijkant
Headquarters 4847 CN Teteringen, Nederland
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Qurkies BV

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At QURKIES we love Duplo® because it boosts creativity... We also love nature and ecologic sense. So why not make those toy blocks from a natural material? Exactly! Because we want the best future for our kids, we have made QURKIES; educational toy blocks made from natural and eco-friendly cork. 1. Eco friendly: Cork is one of the most eco-friendly materials. Cork is an amazing CO2 sponge. Cork leaves no production waste and is fully recyclable. 2. Soft: Ever stepped barefooted on a plastic block? That %^&# hurts! QURKIES are safe for your kids and soft for your feet. 3. Silent: No more noise from that falling tower. QURKIES create a peaceful atmosphere during play. They are friendly for your home and your neighbors. 4. Compatible: QURKIES are fully compatible with original Duplo and unlocks new levels of playing. Build a catamaran or unleash your fantasy. QURKIES are invented by Ruud van den Heijkant. A Dutch product designer and a father of two. ‘When I first became a father, I was astonished by the amount of plastic used on toys. Plastic has an ecologic footprint of a dinosaur. So not something you want to give to your kids. I wanted to take an iconic example of a plastic toys and turn that into something natural’. The idea for QURKIES was born. ‘Product design is about concessions, we need to stop making concessions on our environment. QURKIES was successfully funded on Kickstarter in March 2018.
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Headquarters 4847 CN Teteringen, Nederland

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At QURKIES we love Duplo® because it boosts creativity... We also love nature and ecologic sense. So why not make those toy blocks from a natural material? Exactly! Because we want the best future for our kids, we have made QURKIES; educational toy blocks made from natural and eco-friendly cork. 1. Eco friendly: Cork is one of the most eco-friendly materials. Cork is an amazing CO2 sponge. Cork leaves no production waste and is fully recyclable. 2. Soft: Ever stepped barefooted on a plastic block? That %^&# hurts! QURKIES are safe for your kids and soft for your feet. 3. Silent: No more noise from that falling tower. QURKIES create a peaceful atmosphere during play. They are friendly for your home and your neighbors. 4. Compatible: QURKIES are fully compatible with original Duplo and unlocks new levels of playing. Build a catamaran or unleash your fantasy. Cork is one of the most eco-friendly materials on this planet. The cork bark is like a sponge for CO2. Stripped cork trees absorb 4x more CO2 because of the harvesting. The annual CO2 absorption by the cork forests is equivalent to the emissions of 3.000.000 cars. Cork forests are therefore called ‘The lung of the Mediterranean’. Cork is an amazing material. To harvest cork, the bark of the Quercus Suber (the cork oak) is taken off like a jacket, which then grows back due to a unique natural process. The tree is not cut down. Harvesting cork is a very delicate process and completely done by hand. A cork tree can be harvested for the first time at the age of 25 years, and after that only once in every 9 years. A mature cork tree grows about 2 QURKIES per day. Cork can be very well recycled. QURKIES are made from the waste and leftovers from the cork stoppers production. Also recycled cork can be used to produce QURKIES. Cork recycle points vary per country. In The Netherlands these collection points are scarce. That is why QURKIES opened one at the office. Cork forests are one of the few examples of fully sustainable forestry exploitation. They are economically sustainable, due to the high market value of cork. QURKIES help the preservation of cork. In the wine industry natural cork stoppers are more and more replaced with plastic. QURKIES does the exact opposite; replacing plastic with cork.

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