The noble oak tree lives on average 200 years, and all the cork is extracted every 9 years, in an ancient, harmless and totally natural process, is undoubtedly an environmentally sustainable material because its renewal is easily accomplished by Nature. Can be used in an infinite number of forms, shapes and purposes that’s why Minimal Cork, we challenge ourselves to support the environment, more specifically in Portugal where our Cork Oak tree lives.
Cork is an impermeable, buoyant material, a prime-subset of bark tissue that is harvested for commercial use primarily from Quercus suber (the Cork Oak), which is endemic to southwest Europe and northwest Africa. Cork is composed of suberin, a hydrophobic substance, and because of its impermeability, buoyancy, elasticity, and fire resistance, it is used in a variety of products, the most common of which is for wine stoppers. The montado landscape of Portugal produces approximately 50% of cork harvested annually worldwide.