CO2 Released by artificial stoppers
CO2 retained by cork stoppers
How many times can a cork oak be stripped?
Over the course of its lifetime, a cork oak may be stripped around 17 times, at intervals of at least nine years, which means that the harvesting of the cork will last 150 years, on average.
The first stripping is called "desbóia" from which the virgin cork is obtained, which has a highly irregular structure and hardness that make it difficult to process.
Nine years later, when the second stripping takes place, the cork, known as "secundeira", has a regular structure which is not as hard.
The cork from these first two harvests is not fit for the manufacture of stoppers and thus used in other applications for insulation, flooring, decorative items, among others.
From the third and following strippings the "amadia" or reproduction cork is obtained. This cork has a regular structure, with a flat front and back and the ideal characteristics for the production of natural, quality cork stoppers.
Does the cork oak need to be cut down to harvest the cork?
No. Stripping is carried out manually and the trees do not have to be cut down. In fact, the cork oak undergoes a self-regeneration process of the bark, which gives the activity of cork harvesting a uniquely sustainable nature.
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