The Cork is unique, from the outer bark of the evergreen cork oak (Quercus suber). The life cycle of cork, as a raw material, starts with the extraction of the bark from cork oaks. The so-called harvesting or stripping, which is carried out during the most active stage in the annual growth of the cork occurs from mid-May or early June to the end of August.
But it is, above all, a material that is one hundred per cent natural, recyclable and reusable, essential qualities in a more environmentally friendly and less polluted modern society.
- 33% of the world’s total area of cork oak forest is concentrated in Portugal!
- It takes 45 years to reap the highest quality cork.
- Cork trees can be harvest every 9 years (producing around 45 Kg of good quality cork).
- It can be harvest around 16 times during its life.
- A cork tree lives between 150 to 200 years!
- A cork tree can reach 25 meters height.
- The main characteristics of cork are: lightness, impermeability to liquid and gases, compressibility, elasticity, insulator (thermic, acoustic, anti-vibrant), doesn’t burn in live flame, highly abrasion resistant.