No TREE is harmed in the making of Cork

Have you ever thought where cork comes from?

It's an every day material (think wine bottles, cork boards and even placemats) but how is it made? It actually come from the bark of the Quercus suber tree. 

Harvesting Cork - is the tree damaged?

Not at all. After planting, a cork tree becomes ready for harvesting around 25-30 years later! The first harvest (the virgin cork) is generally poor quality and is usually used for insulation or flooring. Subsequent harvests typically occur every 9 years, and this is the good stuff!

To harvest the cork, the bark has to be separated from the tree, This happens between early May and late August only, which is the most active period of growth. This ensures no permanent damage is done to the tree. It's actually good for the tree, as it enhances the ability to absorb carbon dioxide, which in turn helps the tree grow faster and longer. On average, a tree will be stripped sixteen times in its lifetime of over 200 years.

Did you know that the cork tree is protected by law in Portugal? This partnership between conservation and development ensure sustainability of this  invaluable natural resource. In recent years a series of reforestation programmes have meant over 130,000 hectares of Cork oak trees have been planted in Portugal and Spain. This has ensured that greater quantities of this incredible natural eco-friendly product can be harvested for future generations.

Cork. Vegan friendly, natural and sustainable.

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