Cork facts - the remarkable journey of the cork yoga mat

Every time you buy a product that uses natural cork you're making a conscious choice and helping save the Mediterranean cork forests and the planet.

Watch the video below to see more about these remarkable trees.

Reasons to use cork

Environmentally Friendly Harvesting

  • Cork is a 100% natural, renewable, recyclable and biodegradable material that is obtained through an environmentally friendly harvesting process.

Hand-Harvest for Long Life

  • Trees are not cut down to harvest cork, rather, the bark is harvested by hand every 9 years. Cork oak trees can live up to 300 years!

Supporting Great Biodiversity

  • Approximately 6.6 million acres of Mediterranean cork forest extend across Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia and France. These oak forests support one of the world’s highest levels of forest biodiversity, second only to the Amazonian Rainforest.

Providing Livelihood

  • Opting for screw caps and plastic stoppers directly causes the loss of sustainable livelihoods as the cork forests are a vital source of income for thousands of families.

Utilisation of A Great Resource

  • There is enough cork in the cork forests of Portugal and Spain to last more than 100 years. The introduction of new products, such as composite corks, allows even better utilization of existing cork resources, using granulated cork that can be obtained from smaller pieces of raw cork otherwise unusable in the production of conventional punched cork.

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