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Duplo-compatible toy blocks made of eco-friendly cork educating children on natural materials

February 2019
Gallery QURKIES 1
Gallery QURKIES 1


QURKIES are Duplo-compatible toy blocks made of eco-friendly cork.

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 is a very eco-friendly material. The cork bark is like a sponge for CO2. Stripped cork trees absorb 4 times more CO2 because of the harvesting. Moreover, these blocs are compatible with current DUPLO blocs and allow them to float on water (cf video). They also can be given any colours with felt pens.

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Label Date February 7, 2019
From Netherlands
Maturity stage Initial market commercialization
Looking For Investors, business relations, visibility, partners.

The environmental benefits

  • 87% less plastic
  • 100% recyclable
  • Renewable material: a cork tree grows 2 Qurkies per day
  • Compatible: Qurkies are compatible with original Duplo

The Financial benefits

  • Develop cork forests which are important for rural Mediterranean area.
  • Compatible: Qurkies are compatible with original Duplo

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Qurkies BV

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

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Headquarters 4847 CN Teteringen, Nederland

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