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Sustainability

Environment

The extraction of cork and its related industries are remarkably sustainable, since the tree is never cut down or damaged during the harvesting process and the bark regenerates itself after each extraction.

Economy

The cork oak forest is essential for the economic development of rural areas in the Mediterranean region, by creating jobs and activities related to the harvesting and treatment of cork. WWF estimates that more than 100.000 people are economically dependent of cork-related business activities.

Social Impact

More than a job, harvesting is a handcraft work that requires a deep knowledge of the forest and the technique. Thus to be able to perform this activity takes several years of training, a know-how that crosses family generations. Cork harvesting is a regular and cyclical process, creating a continuous activity that contributes to settle people in areas at risk of desertification.

9 Years

The period of time between each cork oak harvest

No trees are damaged

Or cut down

100.000

direct and indirect jobs are created by the cork industry

CO₂ retention

For each ton of cork produced, the cork oak forest retains up to 73 tons of CO₂

Cork Harvesting

Is one of the highest paid agricultural jobs in the world

200 years

The average lifespan of a cork oak tree

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