8 facts about cork

 

1. CORK IS RENEWABLE 

As well as 100% natural, recyclable and biodegradable.

2. CORK IS DURABLE LIKE LEATHER 

And it feels like suede. Because it's highly resilient to scratches and dirt, the material keeps its good looks over time.

3. CORK PRODUCTION IS ÜBER NATURE FRIENDLY 

Trees are never cut down or harmed in the process. Rather, more trees are planted and the cork forests nourished with increased production. 

4. CORK IS WATER RESISTANT

And it floats! Great for all clumsy sailors.

5. CORK PRODUCTION CLEANS THE AIR

An harvested oak is by law left for 9 years to regrow it's bark. During this time the tree absorbs up to five times more CO2. 

6. CORK OAKS GROW NATURALLY

With zero inputs: no pesticides, no artificial application of water, no pruning.

7. CORK FACTORIES HAVE SMART SOLUTIONS

Most get up to 90% of the energy needed to process the cork from burning cork dust - a natural byproduct of the production itself. 

8. CORK FORESTS THRIVE WITH LIFE

Cork forests support great biodiversity. One of the riches in the world in fact, second only to the vast rain forests in the Amazon.

 

Resource: Cork Forest Conservation Alliance (www.corkforest.org) and APCOR (www.realcork.org)