Put a Cork In It Discover the unique natural treasure that has been 30 million years in the making.
oday, Portugal is the worldâ€™s largest producer and exporter of cork, supplying more than half of the annual global production level of 300 thousand tones. In recent years, corkâ€™s properties have inspired the creation of new products including flooring, insulation, furniture, clothing and more. Cork has been in use for centuries because of its brilliant engineering and durable characteristics. continued on page 80
Cork is not dissappearing. Unlike wood used for decor and renovation projects, cork harvesting does not harm or kill the cork oak tree. The cork oak’s bark is stripped after it turns 25 and then every nine years. All the byproducts of cork creations are 100% recyclable and repurposed for other uses.
Cushion Your Step There’s nothing more important than feeling comfortable in your own home. Cork’s naturally occurring air pockets make it soft and easy to walk on. And its unique honeycomb-like structure acts as a natural shock absorber, helping to prevent back and joint pain. Culture · 81
DIY Installing cork is a surprisingly easy task. Panels simply snap together without the use of any glue or other adhesive substances, making it perfect for do-it-yourselfers. It has a resilient surface that has been proven to last longer and require less maintenance than other flooring, saving you time and effort.
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Published on Dec 21, 2011