100% natural, reusable, and recyclable, cork is, whether from the environmental, social, or economic perspectives, 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.

Where is Cork Grown?

Why We LoveCork

At CorkSol, we LoveCork as a building coating 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 LoveCork 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.

We LoveCork 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.

You can find out more about how cork is used in the UK from the Cork Industry Federation.