I'LL INTRODUCE YOU CORK
Our story begins from afar: six thousand years ago, cork was already in use in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and then also Roman and Fenix discovered the use as stoppers for wine’s amphoras, as insulator and as a decorative material.
These products, and much more, even now are obtained from cork, in fact in everyday life we call cork wine stoppers. What is the natural origin of cork? It’s about a particular species of oak’s cortex that grows mainly in western Mediterranean.
An Oak that contributes to preserving whole ecosystems. Is an example the Portuguese montado, an habitat where tens species of animal live and if necessay they protects from endangered, like Iberian Lynx and Spanish imperial eagle. Additionally, every year, hundreds species of birds migrated from northern Europe, find food and shelter in the Portugese forest.
Also vegetation in these places is a treasure trove of biodiversity: it’s estimated that for each square meter, there are 135 different botanical species. Quercus suber trees are essential to protect planet from global warming: they not only produce and give oxygen with photosynthesis, in fact, they can also capture carbon dioxide. Just think that world’s cork-oak forests absorb each year more than 14 millions tonnes of carbon dioxine.
The ecological value of cork can be seen in many ways: in addition to those already mentioned, it should be remembered that it’s a 100% recyclable material, and above all it comes from an extraction and processing supply chain completely geared towards sustainability.
Cork’s products realisation, in fact, doesn’t require the cut of trees but only the barking of stem, that is one time every 9-12 years for each oak. It’s a procedure that safeguard the environment, allowing forests to regenerate, and the social fabric: every year, collection gives work to more than 8.000 workers, while the number of employed rise at 100.000 people if we consider the whole field.
Cork is a unique material. His hollow structure is quite 90% of the whole volume and is made by 30-50 millions of cells for square centimeter, full of nitrogen and oxygen; for that reason is insulant, elastic and light-weight. What is more, is also breatheable, waterproof, non-toxic, antistatic, antibacterial, anti-slip, self-extinguishing and long-lasting.
These features makes cork suitable to seal best world wine’s bottles, to make floors and coatings, insulation boards, and also design furnishing and everyday life objects. Thanks to modern technologies and optimum use of raw material, in fact, is possible to transform cork in resistant fabric with wich create bags, caps, shoes e accessoires for free time and sport.
In short, is like an old friend of wich we are able to rely on because is been with us for ages in every day things. Has roots in the past but is always young and versatile, has a lot of potential and a thousand lifelong dreams: one of them, free the environment from pollution, from plastic, from oil, to make world a better place and more clean.
In our catalogues we propose you the unmatched benefits of a material like cork, applied in creations of the best international design to make your spaces really unique and exclusive.
Bring nature home and decorate it with our eco-chic products: you’ll increase your well-being.
By giving you unexpected plesure fragrances and new emotions, and Mother Nature will thank you!
A specialist worker doing shelling quercus suber tree.
The lynx and its cubs find shelter in the cork oak.
Its main use, the main market, the form in which we all know it, but cork is more other.
Some examples of the use of cork in other sectors.
Quercus suber threes.
Its cellular structure, similar to beehives, gives cork unique and inimitable qualities in different areas of application.
Bee in a hive.
Stacks of freshly extracted bark.