Here is a short video showing how cork is harvested. Note that cork is made from the bark of the cork oak tree (“Sobreiro” in Portuguese) – this is a unique tree that will regenerate its bark after is has been stripped off, so no tree are chopped down in the production of cork. These cork oaks can survive 200 years or more and the bark can be harvested once every nine years. It is a great skill to harvest the bark and is done by skilled workers using traditional axes.
Over 70% of the world’s cork comes out of Portugal and we are very proud of the role that CorkLink plays in bringing this 100% sustainable, organic and beautiful product to the world. If your are looking for a cork supplier from Portugal, please contact us here at CorkLink.