Cork is a natural material that can be extracted from the bark of cork oaks without causing damage to the tree, which avoids phenomena like deforestation or harm to ecosystems. Cork extraction has little impact on the environment, and its life cycle, from cork oak to disposal, is deeply sustainable.
The cork production process consists of several steps, all with a low environmental impact: the bark is extracted from cork oaks according to the guidelines of strict specifications without damaging the tree, which continues to grow and produce new bark. The extracted bark is sun-dried to remove moisture and then ground into granular form downstream of the cork production process, without the use of chemical additives or synthetic treatments.
Cork is carbon negative with very low embodied energy, fully recyclable, renewable and biodegradable.
Because of its structure, cork holds acoustic properties, that are dependent on the thickness and shape of the product. All our products made of cork have undergone acoustic tests in a certified laboratory in the Netherlands and the reports can be found in the downloads folder.
Cork can be used as thermal insulator that is biocompatible, has a deterioration factor of 0, and does not attract insects and rodents. Another advantage of cork used as wall insulation lies in its ability to prevent bacteria proliferation and mold formation on the walls.
Cork is naturally fire retardant. It burns without a flame and does not emit harmful substances. It can support temperatures between -180°C and +120°C (-292°F and 248°F).
This material does not absorb dust, is safe for asthma sufferers and it is free of allergens.
It has good dimensional stability, with a permeability to water vapor and a resistance to compression. Moreover, cork is not attackable by rodents and does no react to chemical agents.