The Annual Cork Harvest

Every 9-12 years, the extraordinary cork tree can be harvested by hand.  It is the only tree that can have its bark entirely stripped off and survive.  The cork tree lives to an old age of 250-300 years. 

Cork oak trees store carbon in order to regenerate their bark.  A harvested cork oak tree absorbs up to 500% more carbon than one that isn't.  Each ton of natural cork holds about 2 tons of CO2.  Cork is harvested in a steady cycle that promotes healthy growth to the tree over its expected lifespan.  Cork trees are a vital source of income for thousands of people. The forests provide immeasurable ecological value to the fragile ecosystems.

Cork has been used in the fishing and wine industries for centuries.  Recently, a new industry has emerged - fashion.  Cork is one of the most amazing resources and can be seen in the products offered from Cork Tree Designs.  The cork handbags are soft, durable, waterproof, stain-resistant, lightweight, and beautiful.  Cork is a great alternative to leather goods.  All of our cork products are handmade in Portugal.

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