The cork tree is a noble and elegant tree with very special characteristics: it’s long-lived, it has major insulating power, it regenerates very easily, and it’s extremely versatile to use. It’s a tree that needs to be cared for and looked after for several decades, and it’s only after 25 – 30 years of growth that its production phase starts. The production phase is when the trunk reaches a 70 cm circumference and the cork can start being collected every nine years without damaging the tree, which has countless economic advantages.
Cork is an ecological material, of vegetable origin, extracted from the bark of cork trees, which can be used as a raw material with an unusual resistance and longevity. This is so because when it is extracted from the tree, the cork naturally regenerates itself – an environmental regeneration process lasting about nine years. Above all, cork is a one hundred per cent natural material; it’s elegant, versatile, recyclable and reusable, contributing towards a modern, environmentally friendly, and non-polluting society. This is why it can be extracted again every nine years with no environmental repercussions. The cork tree’s capacity to regenerate means that, in total, bark can be extracted approximately 16 times throughout a tree’s lifetime without causing any damage to nature. This cycle lasts over 150 years.