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FAQs on Cork

FAQs on Eco Cork

Everything you need to know about Cork


Cork is one of our favourite eco friendly materials, we make the majority of our sustainable homewares using it.

Here are the answers to some of our frequently questions about cork.


Where does your cork come from?

 
All of Cork is sourced from Portugal.

What are the properties of Cork?

Cork is such a perfect raw material that no industrial or technological processes have yet been able to replicate its features.

- Cork continues to absorb CO2 even when made into a LIGA product

- It is soft to touch & lightweight

- Cork has excellent elasticity, compressibility & resilience

- It is heat resistant and easy to clean

How eco is cork and the way it is produced?

Cork has high eco credentials from its growth to the way it is harvested to the way it is made into products. The cork dust is used to make 60% of the energy needed to power the factory. Cork is harvested naturally by hand.

How is Cork Harvested and does it hurt the tree ?

 
Cork harvesting is a natural process performed by highly skilled workers, by hand. The process has remained unchanged for centuries. It does not hurt the tree and the bark grows back ready to be harvested again in nine years.

Where do Cork Oak trees grow

They grow mostly in the Mediterranean. In Portugal they grow in forests called Montado which are home to many endangered species such as the Imperial Eagle and the Iberian Lynx as well as many flora and fauna.


Lifecycle of the Cork tree

The Cork Tree is the only Oak species whose bark regenerates itself after each harvest.
 
The first ’stripping’ of cork happens when the tree reaches 25 years. This is called virgin cork and is too hard to make wine stoppers, but great for other products. At 34 years the cork oak is seen to be a young adult and ready for its second harvest. The cork from this harvest has a more regular structure and is softer than the first but still not right to become a wine stopper and is made into other products. At 43 years old the Cork Oak tree has reached maturity and is stripped again. This cork is known as Amadia and is perfect to make cork wine stoppers. The Cork Oak tree will live for 200 years in total and will be harvested every nine years thereafter.

Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better

— Albert Einstein