All started when a report from Portugal, the biggest cork producer was released early this year saying that cork demands are too high, sector industries are struggling to produce more cork and that trees produce cork only every 9 years.
Immediately came to mind that cork stoppers are reusable and we only use them once.
From that thought ReKorek was created to promote social awareness for how cork is produced, recycled and reusable.
Although recycled cork will never be reused to produce new wine stoppers, there are many other products that can be made out out of recycled cork.
By supporting our project, you are helping those in need and the environment!
A percentage of the money made with recycling cork is donated to charities, humanitarian causes or used for sustainable development actions such as the cork oak plantation.
We also supply free corks to various charities and schools for use in craft projects.
From Where Cork Comes from?
Cork comes from countries around the Mediterranean sea. Portugal, Spain and Morocco are the biggest producers.
It takes 25 years before a cork oak tree starts producing cork and be profitable.
Trees are not cut down to harvest cork, rather, the bark is harvested by hand every 9 years.
The stripping of the cork oak is an ancestral process that can (and should) only be done by specialists: the strippers. In order not to damage the tree, manual skill and a lot of experience are required.
Oak tree is the national Portuguese tree, protected by law and about 23% of the country is oak forest.
Approximately 6.6 million acres of Mediterranean cork forest extend across Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia and France.
These oak forests support one of the world’s highest levels of forest biodiversity, second only to the Amazonian Rain-forest.
Just in Portugal more than 160 species of birds and 37 species of mammals live in oak forests.
Wolves, wild boars, deer and some Iberian lynx - the most endangered felid in the world finds its preferred habitat in cork oak forests.