Cork is a truly sustainable “green-building” material. Unlike most trees, the value is derived not from the lumber of the trunk, but from the bark of the trees, which are grown on farms and harvested every decade. This means that the value of cork lies not in felling the trees, but keeping them alive and healthy for generations.
Natural Cork is environmentally correct as well as improving health and comfort for human indoor living. In our homes, cork floors create a warm, comfortable, resilient surface that is gentle underfoot and has numerous practical advantages. From harvest to production to installation, cork is environmentally sustainable, non-toxic, and healthy.
Using “Waste” to Make Flooring
A member of the beech family, the cork oak tree is relatively slow growing, and can withstand harsh conditions and depleted soil. Cork bark is unusually thick and is made up of millions of tiny prism-shaped air pockets. This unique bark is initially sent to a factory to create stoppers for wine bottles. Cork flooring is then created from post-industrial by-product of the bottle-stopper industry. This “waste” material is ground up and then formed into sheets using minimal amounts of adhesive to bind the particles together under high pressure.
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