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Is Cork Flammable?

Cork and Fire Cork comes from the Quercus Suber, otherwise known as the cork oak, that grows primarily in southwest Europe and northwest Africa and it is an impermeable, buoyant, elastic, and fire retardant wood. It’s also environmentally sustainable and if you’re like me you…

Why is Cork Waterproof?

Cork is an amazing and versatile material made by nature. Its unique properties have been known for centuries and many practical applications have been discovered. It is comprised of mature dead cells from the cork oat plant. It is cork’s unique cell structure and composition…

What Are Cork Cells?

What Are Cork Cells? Cork cells are microscopic holes in wood that fuel a $1.3 billion per year, multi-national, sustainable industry, providing jobs for approximately thirty thousand people in the United States, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, and Northern Africa. Who Discovered Cork Cells? Robert C. Hooke,…

Is Cork a Type of Wood?

What’s the Word? This spongy, porous, buoyant material has been around for as far back as we can remember, dating back as early as 3000 BC when it was used by China, Egypt, Babylon and Persia. Today, we find it in locations as discrete as a message…

Are Cork Trees Endangered?

Cork has long been used for wine bottle stoppers, but this material has exploded in popularity in recent years as an eco-friendly flooring option. You may have heard rumors that there’s a cork shortage, lending to the question: are cork trees endangered? Are we in…

How Cork is Formed?

When one picks up a piece of cork, they usually take it for granted, not knowing anything about its chemical makeup or origin. All they know is that it’s an excellent sealant and floats on water. Little do they know that cork is harvested from…