Why is there currently a huge boom at the international level about the importance of cork as an alternative to the development of several products, from fashion to furniture, through construction?
Why is NASA using cork coating protection on their space shuttles? Why is cork currently used in coatings and flooring for homes and even in the creation of washbasins ?!
Why is it offered to the President of the United States a tie made of a cork at one of his diplomatic missions and to the First-lady also a bag in this rich raw material?
So why and what is cork?
The answer is simple: Cork is a material 100% natural, biodegradable, that is, completely environmentally friendly. The way we see the environment in the world is indeed moving to a better understanding of Nature, and in fact people need this changing due to the increasingly higher levels of pollution. Cork will be a key element in this shift . Due to its elastic, waterproof and fire resistant properties, cork stands as a material with immense potential of multipurpose use in various types of products.
Besides this huge range of features, cork has the advantage of being a material which creates a very wild and natural exuberance, capable of attributing unique aesthetic and elegant qualities to the products where it will be applied.
For those who do not know it, cork comes from the cork oak, a tree native of the Mediterranean region and its culture extends to countries such as Portugal, Spain, France, Morocco, Italy, Algeria and Tunisia. However it should be noted that Portugal alone draws more than 50% of the world production of cork.
The extraction method is 100% safe for the tree, which is not cut, and its surface doesn’t suffer any type of damage. The oaktrees can last hundreds of years!
The extraction is performed every 9 years, the time required for regeneration of the superficial layers of the tree.
To contribute to a cleaner, more sustainable world, look for green alternatives, and remember that cork is one.