Cork flooring is one of the most resilient and durable floor coverings available today.
Cork is the bark of the cork oak tree which grows in the western Mediterranean. The cork bark is formed from layers of extremely strong and flexible cell walls that are waterproof and airtight. The cork tree produces this bark to provide protection from droughts, fires, temperature fluctuations and other damaging environmental conditions.
This tree has a life span of 200 - 500 years. The first stripping takes place when the tree is 25 years old, thereafter, stripping is repeated every nine years. At no time during the life of the tree is more that 50% of the bark removed. Harvesting of cork is not harmful to the tree.
During the cork manufacturing process, all material is either used for a finished product, or to generate energy used in the fabricating process. Very little, if any material is wasted. This makes cork one of the most environmentally sensitive products available.