A Global Sustainable Solution?
We find the versatility and durability of cork impressive. If you consider how it stimulates local employment and contributes to the health of entire ecosystems cork is even more valuable. Wouldn’t these trees provide a good sustainable solution all over the world, we wonder? Our tour guide Catarina tempers our enthusiasm somewhat. “The cork oak is quite picky when it comes to soil and climate, which is why it primarily thrives in the Mediterranean region. In addition, it takes a lot of patience, because it takes more than 40 years for a tree to produce high quality cork for the first time.”
Spreading the cork oak is thus a long-term solution. Nevertheless, we can all stimulate the use of the material. By using cork as an alternative to plastic in the manufacture of utensils, for example. In this way we support this sustainable industry, contribute to CO2 storage and preserve valuable ecosystems. This way we are not only creative with cork, but also sustainable!