Cork is a 100% renewable and recyclable material. No trees are ever cut down to harvest cork, making it one of the most environmentally friendly harvesting methods in the world. Cork is recyclable, reusable and bio-degradable making it a perfectly sustainable and environmentally friendly product to use for our ZONE yoga range.
The cork tree or (Quercus suber) is the only type of tree that can have its bark removed without damaging the tree. Amazing!
The cork bark is harvested every 7 to 10 years and by harvesting the bark, it actually makes the cork grow back stronger and thicker so the tree is able to photosynthesise more carbon dioxide. Each year cork oak forests are estimated to retain around 14 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. This is a huge tick for the environment and is why cork is considered one of the most sustainable forestry production practices in the world.
Cork trees can also store a large amount of water in their root systems, which helps keep them hardy and prevent soil erosion where they are planted. This storage of water also means that they can absorb nutrients from deep in the earth and sustain themselves without human interaction, even in dry climates.