One raw material
The cork is the bark of the cork oaks that protects them against the extreme conditions of the Mediterranean climate, such as drought, high summer temperatures and fires.
It is made up of dead cells whose interior is filled with a gas similar to air. This gas constitutes almost 90% of the cork, hence its very light weight and its compressibility.
The walls of these cells, which are like tiny watertight compartments, consist mainly of suberin and cerin, substances that make it quite fireproof, very flexible and practically imputrescible.
Cork is, then, an extraordinary material, with unique properties. It is a completely natural, renewable and biodegradable product. Therefore, its production does not produce any contamination or damage to the ecosystem from which it is extracted, since it is obtained by barking the cork oak, without cutting any trees and that “harvest” is carried out every 9 to 12 years.
The special cellular structure of cork offers optimum compression conditions for the protection and transportation of glass.
Cork forests form the basis of an ecological system unique in the world, contributing to the survival of more than 250 species of birds, reptiles and mammals.
Cork is a material which is 100% recyclable, biodegradable and contains no contaminating products.
Unlike other materials the extraction of the raw material does not result in the destruction of the tree.
The average life of a cork oak is 200 years and each tree is capable of producing around 2.500 kilos of cork during its life-cycle.