The concern in its cultivation and manufacture is always for sustainability. Cork oak forests are characteristic of the countries of the Mediterranean basin which are influenced by the Atlantic Ocean (the Southern part of the Iberian Peninsular, Italy, France, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco). The European Union is the biggest producer […]
Cork is the bark of the cork oak tree (Quercus Suber), an organic material composed of an agglomeration of honeycomb-like cells, filled with a gaseous mixture similar to the air which makes up around 90% of its volume, covered in alternate layers of cellulose and suberin. Each cubic centimetre of cork contains on average 40 million cells.
Suberin (45%) is the main component which covers the walls of the cells and is responsible for its elasticity and compressibility ; Lignin (27%), forming the structure of the cell walls, is an insulating compound; Polysaccharides (12%) are the components of the cell walls which give cork its texture; Tannins (6%) are the polyphenolic […]