Nature's Extraordinary Product
Cork, a highly versatile natural material, finds its applications in various forms, from bottle stoppers to trendy fashion bags. Cork's versatility stems from its distinctive architecture..
Cork consists of cells that create a honeycomb structure containing gas resembling air. Cell walls have alternating layers of cellulose and suberin. Each cc of cork contains 30-40 million cells, making it an exceptional thermal and acoustic insulator with unparalleled properties.
Cork is a sustainable and environmentally friendly resource that people have been using for over 5,000 years. Due to the unique nature of its harvesting, gathering cork does not harm the tree and actually has a positive impact on the environment. Cork is one of the most eco-friendly choices available, being completely natural, renewable and recyclable.
At INFOCORK, we believe that cork is the ideal material – versatile, sustainable, and infinitely valuable.
Where does cork come from?
Cork is derived from the bark of cork oak. Our cork products are sourced from 100% natural plant tissue, as the Latin name for cork indicates: Quercus Suber L..
Cork is obtained from the cork tree without cutting it, setting it apart from other wood products. Cork harvesting is sustainable and tree-friendly, causing no harm to cork oak.
Where do oak trees grow?
Cork trees thrive in abundant sunlight, elevated humidity, and moderate rainfall. Cork trees thrive in the Western Mediterranean, thanks to the ideal climate.
Cork oak forests span about 2.5 million hectares worldwide, mainly located in Mediterranean countries such as Algeria, France, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, and Tunisia, as well as Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily. Portugal, with more than 720,000 hectares of cork forests, is the world's leading exporter of cork.
During the 20th century, this species was introduced to countries beyond the Mediterranean for the production of cork or as an ornamental tree. Presently, it can be found in limited numbers in Bulgaria, California, Chile, New Zealand, southern Australia, and Turkey.