Cork harvesting is an environmentally friendly process during which not a single tree is cut down. The bark renews itself ready for the next harvesting.

Unlike artificial closures, cork is an inherently sustainable resource, both renewable and biodegradable. The cork oak tree (Quercus suber) is unique in that its thick bark can be stripped off every decade to extract the cork without damaging the trees, which can live 200 years on average.

Careful forest management not only provides for the continued extraction of the cork oak but helps to create the conditions for a diverse range of other products that are harvested from the woodlands. A harmonious balance is maintained, where local people can provide for their needs without damaging the ecosystem or threatening the long-term sustainability of their most important natural resource.

The cork oak is a slow growing tree that may live for 200 years, which allows it, on average, to be stripped 16 times during its lifetime. The first stripping only takes place after 25 years, when the trunk of the tree has a circumference of 60 cm.

Developed by Nature

A sustainable resource, cork is sourced from cork oak forests - a unique ecosystem that provides an effective barrier against both social and environmental desertification. Cork is a 100 per cent natural product that contributes directly to environmental sustainability through the preservation of biodiversity and the retention of over 10 million tones of CO2 Annually.

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