Cork trees live on
average 200 years, but there are cork trees that are 500 years old. They grow up to 75
The bark is stripped
manually by expert harvesters in the months of May to August.
Cork planks are
outside for a minimum of 6 months to dry up before they start being processed.
Cork is actually made
of water-resistant cells that separate the outer bark from the delicate interior bark.
It has a unique set of properties not found in any other naturally existing material. It
is lightweight, rot-resistant, fire-resistant, termite resistant, impermeable to gas and
liquid, soft and buoyant.
Cork Oak forests
contain one of the world’s highest levels of forest biodiversity including endemic
plants and endangered species such as the Iberian Lynx, the Iberian Imperial Eagle, and
the Barbary Deer.
The cork forests are
one of the most sustainable and environmentally harvested forests in the world.