Cork production is fair from start to finish, throughout the entire process from harvesting to processing to selling.
The cork tree only thrives throughout the passion and skills of his caregivers.
Cork trees are peeled manually. To date, there is no single machine that can take over this meticulous process. It requires an unseen craftsmanship and years of experience. It is a skilled craft passed down from generation to generation.
The cork farmers love their trees and call them with pride ‘friends for life‘. If handled with the right care, the cork oak trees will be giving resources for a lifetime.
De kurkboeren zijn de hoogst betaalde arbeiders in Europa. Hun werk is van zo’n groot nationaal en ecologisch belang dat ze op alle niveaus goed verzekerd en voorzien worden.
The cork farmers are one of the highest paid workers in Europe. Their work is of such great national and ecological importance that they are well assured and well provided at all levels.
Cork takes sustainability just one step further.
The cork tree is a friend for life.
No tree is cut or damaged
Cork is harvested from the bark of the cork trees.
It’s an inexhaustible renewable resource. After peeling the bark, the bark will fully regenerate and grow back. This process takes an average of 8 years.
In order to renew his bark, the cork tree will store C02 in large quantities. This allows the tree to absorb 3 to 5 times more CO2 and convert it into much needed oxygen.
The total C02 absorption capacity of the cork forests is estimated at 10 to 12 million tonnes per year.
A unique, sustainable cooperation and balance between man and nature.
European Rain Forests
The cork forests provide an unseen and unique ecosystem with an enormous biodiversity.
Cork trees ensure the preservation of the fragile soil and the retention of precious and scarce groundwater.
Without cork trees, the landscape would rapidly change in desert ground. Dry, arid and impossible to grow anything. These pieces of land would become uninhabitable for people and animals would flock. The local fauna and flora would soon disappear to never return.
Cork forests support the largest biodiversity in Europe and create an ancient and precious landscape, but also protect many endangered species of wildlife.