02 Oct '11, 8pm

What makes cork oak trees so special? Well, for starters, they have the unique ability to regenerate their outer bark...

What makes cork oak trees so special? Well, for starters, they have the unique ability to regenerate their outer bark...

When forests are managed properly, cork oak can provide a sustainable and renewable timber product. Cork is primarily used as a stopper for wine bottles, but also functions as a closure for olive oil and other products. In addition, it’s used to create flooring, furniture and even footwear. Though it is lightweight and elastic, cork remains impermeable to gases and liquids -- the reason it has remained a popular liquid stopper since the times of Ancient Greece. Cork oak also provides its ecosystem with several benefits. The trees help prevent soil erosion from wind and water, and increase the absorption rate of rainfall. The cork oak forests of the Mediterranean act as a barrier to the advancing process of desertification from North Africa. Furthermore, a harvested cork oak tree stores up to five times more carbon than an unharvested tree, since the tree utilizes additiona...

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cork flooring is something of a natural wonder. The company’s process of extracting and harvesting cork is mindful and “re...