“Cork stopper: the link between sustainability and tradition“

Sustainability

Our commitment to sustainability is based on fidelity to tradition and quality with a generational approach and respect for the biodiversity of our environment.

By transforming a clean totally renewable and recyclable raw material into a final product of rare purity, the cork closure, we establish harmony between economy, society and nature.

In environmental terms, cork trees play a key role in soil conservation, regulation of the water cycle and water quality.  They also work to counteract the desertification occurring in Mediterranean regions. In addition to producing oxygen, cork trees repair damage done by carbon emissions.  These forests are considered natural ecosystems, extraordinarily rich in biodiversity and recognized internationally.

If the sustainability of raw materials is undeniable what can we say about the final product, the cork stopper? The production of cork stoppers emits into the atmosphere

four times less CO2 than the production of aluminum caps. Consumption of bottles sealed with cork stoppers is able to retain much of the pollution caused by exhaust emissions from vehicles.

It is also noteworthy that the cork is recycled into other products and any waste created in production is naturally reused in other products such as agglomerated cork closures, panels and decorative objects. Even cork powder is used in electricity cogeneration, following the natural law that "nothing is lost, everything is transformed".

Finally we must observe the ceremonial pleasure itself of removing the natural cork closure. Nothing so faithfully preserves the taste, body and color of the wine as the purity of nature concentrated in a cork stopper.

14M -tons of atmospheric CO2 offset each year by the cork oak forest.

14

biodiversity sanctuaries worldwide including the cork oak forests of Portugal and Spain

14 M

tons of atmospheric CO2  offset each year by the cork oak forest

of the world’s area of cork oak forest is located in Portugal

of the Rede Natura 2000 nature network is cork oak forest

of the world's cork production is in Portugal

650

companies working in the cork sector in Portugal

9000

people directly employed by the cork industry

40 M

cork closures are produced on average throughout the country

718 M €

cork trade balance result in Portugal.