The cork oak tree, quercus suber, grows in Portugal and other countries which border the western edge of the Mediterranean basin.
The cork is harvested by removing the bark of the tree. The extraction method is 100% safe for the tree, which is not cut, and its surface doesn’t suffer any type of damage. Harvest is made in cycles every 9 to 10 years. The cork tree must be approximately 25 years old before the first extraction (virgin cork) and then nine years shall be necessary for following harvests. Fortunately, the cork tree lives for 180/200 years which allows 15/20 extractions.
What makes cork so special are its properties and applications:
- Properties: Lightness, Elasticity, Impermeability, Insulation, Resistance to wear, Hypoallergenic and Fire retardant.
- Applications: Building, Interior Design, Leisure, Fashion and Technology.
Buying and using cork products contributes to preserve a natural, renewable resource and an important ecological environment in the western Mediterranean countries.