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About Cork

Cork is one of the most eco products on the planet and has been used since ancient times. It comes from the bark of a cork tree, is designed by nature and comes in a unique assortment of designs, textures and colours. Cork is naturally fire retardant, biodegradable, water and stain resistant, dust, dirt and grease repellent, green, recyclable, renewable, resistant to bacteria and fungus, formaldehyde and chemical free. Cork provides acoustic and thermal insulation, is strong and durable, is highly suitable for children and asthma sufferers and is easy to clean. Cork is one of the most sustainable, green and eco products on the planet. Cork has unique qualities that no technology can emulate.

Cork comes from the outer bark of the cork oak tree, which grows mainly in the Mediterranean . One third of the world’s cork oak forests are in Portugal and that is why it is the world's largest producer of cork. Portugal produces approximately 52% of all cork produced annually worldwide.
Cork trees have a life span of about 200 years. Each cork tree must be 20 to 25 years old before it can provide its first harvest of cork. After extracting the cork a new layer starts generating and nine years have to pass until a new harvest can take place. The cork harvesting is made in a sustainable manner and does not harm the tree, which is never cut down. Strips are removed by hand from the tree trunk without causing any damage to the tree.

With the increasing concern for the environment, cork oak remains the only tree whose bark can regenerate itself after harvest leaving the tree unharmed. It is truly a renewable, environmentally friendly resource. Furthermore, the cork oak tree has the remarkable capacity to retain carbon and a harvested cork tree fixates almost five times more carbon. The cork oak tree stores carbon in order to regenerate its bark. This exceptional characteristic makes cork a naturally sustainable product. No trees are cut down to bring you this product. Cork is one of the most environmentally friendly, renewable and sustainable materials on the planet.

Cork has a range of attributes that no other material has been able to imitate, match or exceed.

Due to the fact that cork is “designed by nature”, it is impossible to find two exact pieces, and therefore cork offers a multitude of
grains, patterns, textures, colours and finishes and can also be digitally printed.

Usages of Cork

Cork is used in a variety of products including sustainable buildings - roofs, exterior wall, and Interior walls for acoustic and thermal insulation, floors, walls, carpeting, wallpaper, upholstered furniture, cork leather goods, and is used in the architecture, automotive, aeronautic, road, railway and the space industry sectors.

Maintenance and Cleaning

Cork products are ecological, biodegradable, waterproof, stain, water and fire resistant. Soft and comfortable to the human touch, they last a lifetime with minimum maintenance. They don’t distort, swell, become stiff or shrink. They are anti-static and do not cause allergies. They do not absorb smells, nor do they harbour fungi. They do not rot and are extremely resistant to wear and tear. They are washable and simply cleaned with a damp cloth, neutral soap and water. Then let it dry.

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