Globally, there’s an estimated 2.3 million hectares of cork oak forest. Of those, about 716 thousand hectares are located in Portugal (22.5% of the national forest area) and half of the world's cork production is Portuguese. We are in a privileged position to source it locally, while spending time with producers and making sure we choose only the best cork for our products.
The extraction of cork also maintains the vitality of the “Montado” habitat and promotes multiple economic, environmental and social gains, allowing for thousands of people to go on living and working in otherwise deserted areas of Portugal. This three-dimensional contribution of cork makes it queen among sustainable raw materials.
What is cork?
Cork is the bark of the cork oak, removed every nine years, when the tree is in a more active stage of growth and it’s easier to peel it without damaging the trunk. The work is done by specialized professionals able to delicately manage an ax.
As you may have already noticed, we love cork. If you don’t share the love just yet, read on and you will find out our love is completely justified. Besides being waterproof, buoyant, elastic, fire resistant and unique in its appearance, it is a naturally harvested material, mainly originating in the cork oak forests located in the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain).
Naturally versatile and sustainable
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