Green Choices

Did you know? The precious and versatile vegetable tissue known as cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree. Cork is stripped off the tree in late spring and summer when the cells are turgid and fragile Cork has a structure that you can compare with that from a honeycomb. Every cm 2 consists of approximately 40 million cells. These cells, as well as the spaces in-between, are filled with a kind of gas resembling air, without CO 2 .

and tear without being damaged. The tree quickly forms new layers of cork and restores its protective barrier. No tree is cut down. This simple fact makes cork harvesting exceptionally sustainable, leading to a unique balance between people and nature. The harvesting is still done by teams of men using hand axes and no viable mechanical method has yet been invented to do the job as effectively.

Thus the cork cells work as small sound and heat insulators and absorb pressure and shocks. This is what makes cork so remarkable. Up till today no other material has been found that combines the same characteristics as cork does.

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