Did you know?
Cork is a natural raw material which is 100% biodegradable, recyclable and renewable. It is considered to be one of the most eco-friendly materials in the world! The extraction method is 100% safe for the tree .Not a single tree is cut down to harvest cork!
Harvesting cork bark assists in the absorption of CO2 (carbon dioxide) and greenhouse gas. In fact, harvested cork trees absorbs 3-5 more CO2 than non-harvested trees.The cork oak forests support one of the worlds highest levels of forest biodiversity.Cork forests, help prevent soil erosion.
Cork is the outer bark of the Cork Oak Tree which grows mainly in the Mediterranean area. Cork trees are the only type of tree in the world that regenerates stripped bark.The first bark can be harvested from a tree aged 25 years, and then every 9 years.No bark is wasted during the cork production process. The residue is granulated to make other cork products and even cork dust is used for fuel. Harvested cork oak trees can live up to 300 years.
The bark is harvested completely by hand and provides over 100,000 jobs. As local people rely on these trees to support their livelihoods, they also look after the forests. Some entire communities in Africa derive a sustainable annual income from the cork harvest.
Due to the importance of maintaining the cork forests and the cork industry, worldwide organizations such as WWF call to protect them and encourage using cork products.