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From the environmental, social, or economic perspectives, cork is one of the world’s most versatile materials.

No tree is cut down during the cork harvest, which happens every 9-12 years. Instead, the bark is stripped from the tree by hand – which is not only sustainable but avoids power tools damaging the trees.

The cork oak tree has a natural ability to regrow its cork, and during the regeneration it stores up to five times more CO2 than an unharvested tree. This is because it needs the carbon to help it re-grow its bark. And with the average lifespan of a cork oak tree being over 200 years, it can be harvested about 20 times over its lifetime.

Each year, it is estimated that cork oak forests retain up to 14 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, making it a strong ally in the fight against climate change.

That’s why we LoveCork.

Environmental benefits of cork

Some of the amazing environmental benefits of cork oak forests include:
  • They are home to a number of endangered species, such as the Iberian lynx, Barbary deer, and Iberian imperial eagle.
  • With approximately 135 different plant species per km2, they have one of the highest plant diversities of forests throughout the world.
  • They protect ecosystems by preventing soil erosion from wind and water whilst increasing the rate that rainwater that is absorbed.
  • They help to slow down the advancing deforestation from North Africa around the Mediterranean.
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Natural Benefits of Cork

The vast array of benefits of cork are the result of its molecular structure and its chemical composition. Cork is made up of the following:
  • Suberin (45%), which helps its elasticity.
  • Lignin (27%), which is the main insulating compound of the cork.
  • Polysaccharides (12%), which gives it its texture.
  • Tannins (6%), which is responsible for its natural colour.
  • Seroids (5%), which makes the cork impermeable.

Lightweight, flexible thermal insulator

We LoveCork because it is made up predominately of air which makes it an excellent thermal insulator. It is also extremely flexible and is the only solid which doesn’t increase its volume when compressed on its opposite side. This allows it to provide a continuous, protective skin against impact and cracking. It can be compressed to approximately half its thickness without losing any flexibility.
We Love Cork because of its lightweight composition - cork weighs just 0.16 grams per cm3 – that allows it to be used as a building coating without the need to remove the existing substrate as it adds very little weight to the façade.
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Protective weatherproof coating

We Love Cork because it provides a protective weatherproof coating to buildings. And because it repels water and is therefore highly resistant to moisture, it prevents against decay and oxidisation that leads to staining.

We Love Cork because it is a naturally insulating material, providing excellent thermal, acoustic, and vibration insulation.
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