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The cork cycle

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The Cork Cycle

Cork is a renewable resource, extracted from cork oaks every 9 years without any harm to the trees. Cork oaks (quercus suber) live, mostly, in Western Mediterranean area, where they can reach heights of 25 m and last until they are 300 years old. Portugal has 735.000 ha cork oak forests (33% of the world’s total), capturing 5 million tons of CO2 every year. Therefore, using cork for construction also means preserving an ecosystem that is unique in the World.

“The best friend on earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth.”

Frank Lloyd Wright