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25 . Jul . 2017
Cork Oak Forest

From all the cork oak forests, approximately 340 000 tonnes of cork are harvested each year.

About Us 25 . Jul . 2017
About Us
Preservation of the cork oak forest

It makes the cork viable in a unique manner, and as a result, the preservation of the cork oak forest, a unique example of green economy, which is based on a balance between economic, social, and environmental issues. The constant concern to adopt and reinforce sustainable development practices makes Corticeira Amorim…

Facts and Curiosities 25 . Jul . 2017
Facts and Curiosities
What is the cork oak?

The cork oak is an evergreen tree, of the Fagaceae family (Quercus suber), to which the chestnut and oak tree also belong. There are 465 species of Quercus, mainly found in temperate and subtropical regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Cork is harvested from the Quercus suber L species.

Why Cork 25 . Jul . 2017
Why Cork
Why is the cork oak called Quercus suber L.?

The name Quercus suber L. stems from the fact that the cork oak belongs to the oak family - «Quercus (oak) suber», because it is a subspecies of the oak tree - and L. derives from Linnaeus, who was the first botanist to describe the species.

Facts and Curiosities 25 . Jul . 2017
Facts and Curiosities
How important are cork oak forests?

Cork oak forests contribute to the preservation of biodiversity and the survival of many indigenous animal species, some of which are in danger of extinction. Equally important is its role in capturing CO2, the regulation of the hydrological cycle and restraining environmental and social desertification.Cork oak forest…

25 . Jul . 2017
Cork oak forests are natural CO2 retainers, the major cause of global warming

It is estimated that every year cork oak forests retain up to 14 million tons of CO2, a sizeable contribution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the main cause of climate change.

25 . Jul . 2017
Cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree (Quercus suber L.).

100 percent natural, reusable and recyclable, cork is, whether from the environmental, social or economic perspectives, one of the world’s most versatile materials. It takes each cork oak 25 years before it can be stripped for the first time and it is only from the third stripping (at 43 years of age) that the cork, th…

Notícias 02 . Nov . 2020
The Life Cycle Assessments analyzed different ACC products and concluded that they all have a negative carbon balance, when considering the…

From the origin of the raw materials to the factory gate: what are the environmental impacts of Amorim Cork Composites’ products? This was this question that we wanted to answer when we began a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) process for several products. The results showed that, without exception, they all have a negative…

09 . Oct . 2018
Cork grows in orthopaedic and comfort footwear

From the cork oak tree creating comfort in the footwear industry.

19 . Apr . 2022
Cork grows in orthopaedic and comfort footwear

From the cork oak tree creating comfort in the footwear industry.

12 . Apr . 2021

For each ton of material received within the ReVALUE project, we will plant 10 cork oak trees. During their lives, these cork oak trees will sequester many tons of CO2 – making a valuable contribution to combating climate change.

09 . Aug . 2019
Respect for nature

100% natural, reusable and recyclable, cork is one of nature’s most extraordinary products. When harvesting cork bark, no trees are cut down, and the process is even beneficial, since a stripped cork oak absorbs on average five times more carbon dioxide during the natural process of regeneration than a regular cork oak…

08 . Apr . 2022

Cork is the bark of the cork oak (Quercus Suber L.). 100% natural, renewable, reusable and recyclable, cork is, whether from an environmental, social or economic point of view, one of the most versatile materials in the world, and can be used in various processes and sectors.  It is estimated that for every ton of cork…

31 . Jul . 2017
NRT Top Layer - Negative Carbon Balance

Top Layer NRT®94 has a negative carbon balance of -39.3 kg CO₂/m₂*, when taking into account the CO₂ sequestered by cork oak forests and the emissions associated with the industrial process.

News 16 . Sep . 2019
Recycled cork and new products

The cork oak forest helps preserve biodiversity and guarantees the survival of many native species, some of which are endangered. It is also equally important as a carbon sink, and ensures regulation of the water cycle and water retention, and helps prevent desertification and depopulation of rural areas. Recycling, in…

News 12 . Dec . 2017
How would you describe the cork harvesting process?

Cédric: It’s a world of inspiration. A unique process that feeds so many industries. With so many diverse applications. And all this just from the cork oak tree. Klas: It’s romantic, tough, an entire history encapsulated in a single moment, filled with laughter, expertise, warmth, gentleness and complete harmony.

Articles 09 . Aug . 2019
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1. Cork is an organic and sustainable material   Cork is the bark of the cork oak. It is removed every nine years, without the tree having to be cut down, and it grows back again. In fact, the cork oak is the only tree with self-regenerating bark, making cork a 100 % renewable and sustainable material. Choosing cork co…

21 . Apr . 2022
Top layer NRT 94 with negative carbon balance

Amorim Cork Composites commissioned an independent Carbon Footprint and Life Cycle Assessment study, that aimed to identify the environmental impact of Top Layer NRT 94. The study, which assessed the impacts of forestry management, transport of raw materials and production, concluded that Top Layer NRT 94 has a negativ…

News 05 . Apr . 2022
An (even more) sustainable solar

The main properties of cork – such as impermeability, lightness, elasticity, compressibility and resilience - remain unchanged, ensuring the floater's performance. It should also be noted that, for each ton of cork produced, the cork oak forest can sequester up to 73 tons of CO2. This factor reduces the environmental i…

News 25 . Aug . 2020
What kind of contribution do you think cork can make to contemporary architecture and design?

To elevate the awareness of how to integrate pure nature within contemporary interiors. We notice that lots of people are still sceptical about cork. They relate it to cheap, playful design, or they don’t really trust since they prefer to work with oak or marble… We want to create a platform where cork doesn’t look lik…

Mobility 30 . Oct . 2018
Green shipbuilding reaches cruise speed with the help of Amorim Cork Composites primary decking materials. Innovative and sustainable cork-b…

The key factor in ensuring a negative carbon footprint is the genesis of the cork oak forest which is a carbon sink, responsible for retaining 73 tons of CO2 per ton of cork used for a typical application this corresponds to 2,7 kilotons of CO2 retention.

Facts and Curiosities 25 . Jul . 2017
Facts and Curiosities
What is cork?

Cork is the bark of the Cork Oak tree (Quercus suber L). It is a completely natural raw material, with unique properties which give it an unrivalled character. It is light, impermeable to liquids and gases, elastic and compressible, provides thermal and acoustic insulation, it is a fire retardant and highly abrasion-re…

News 25 . Jul . 2017
Sustainability is more than a trend.

Cork, one of the most sustainable materials in nature, presented its charm at the Stockholm Furniture Fair.  The material library was the main stage for cork´s presentation, where designers and architects had the opportunity to be introduced to the science of nature.  The Scandinavian market continues to be a trend se…

08 . Apr . 2022
One of Nature's most extraordinary materials

100 percent natural, reusable and recyclable, cork is, whether from the environmental, social or economic perspectives, one of the world’s most versatile materials. It takes each cork oak 25 years before it can be stripped for the first time and it is only from the third stripping (at 43 years of age) that the cork, th…

News 23 . Jun . 2021
Which items of furniture were developed for the Store?

We developed full scale, functional furniture in combinations of cork and American White Oak for the space. These included furniture for a living space, including a sofa, lounge chair, large round ottoman, coffee table, bookcase, side tables, etc. We also designed objects for a children's space, including a bed, rug, s…

Case Studies 14 . Nov . 2018
Case Studies
The Brazilian designer duo has created a group of pieces of furniture that explores the beauty, versatility and sustainability of cork.

Called Sobreiro (cork oak), it is the first line of cork furniture created by the renowned Campana brothers. Made up of an armchair and three cabinets, the collection marked the participation of the Brazilian designers in the 2018 edition of Experimenta Portugal, an initiative of the Consulate General of Portugal in Sa…

04 . Apr . 2022
Cork at the service of design and sustainability

Raw materials of natural origin, such as cork which is 100% natural, recyclable and renewable, are an innovative and sustainable option for creating functional goods, with aesthetic concern, that accompany us at home, at work and during leisure time. It is estimated that for every ton of cork produced, cork oak forests…

News 23 . May . 2022

According to an analytic study conducted by the consultancy firm, EY, the underlayment Plus Go4Cork by Amorim has a negative carbon balance of -8.1kg CO2 eq/m². The carbon balance of the underlayment Plus VB Go4Cork by Amorim is -7.8kg CO2 eq/m². By promoting carbon sequestration in the cork oak forest that is superior…

News 25 . Jul . 2017
This action forms part of the company's Sustainability Program, the "Natural Choice".

Vila de Mora, in the district of Évora, recently welcomed 80 volunteers of Corticeira Amorim who planted 2000 cork oaks, thus increasing the forest area of Portugal's National Tree. Herdade da Barroca, a property of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Mora, was the scene of the initiative that directly involved the community…

News 12 . Feb . 2021
When did you decide that cork would be the main “star” of your work?

My studio started experimenting with cork back in 2010, it took a lot of time and experimenting to learn how the material works and to understand the various grades and the properties of the material. Joaquim Sá, the Managing Director of Amorim Cork, South Africa has always been a wonderful supporter of my work. From t…

Articles 09 . Aug . 2019

Because every choice counts, we've put together three tips for more sustainable interior design. These may be small steps, but they impact both your quality of life and the planet. Take note. 1. Give preference to natural lighting Make the most of daylight. Even if the size of your home’s windows or its exposure to th…

Articles 25 . Jul . 2017
body - sustainable realm

The cork oak is the only tree whose bark regenerates, acquiring a smoother texture following each harvest. To participate in the harvesting of cork is an experience of a life time, and the start of an endless journey of discovery, where one´s senses are continuously granted with nature’s symphony. Over its history, Amo…


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