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How To Give Cork A New Lease Of Life - Green Cork
Oct 19, 2017

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 Recycling

 Green Cork is the national programme for selective collection and        recycling of cork stoppers, created in partnership with Quercus and  other  partners. In addition to promoting a new recycling practice in  Portugal, this  programme supports funding of the Common Forest  project, which  guarantees the planting of indigenous Portuguese    trees, in particular cork  oak trees. 

 Challenge

 The "Green Cork" project was created with the aim of  responding to    the    following challenges:

  Promote a new recycling practise in Portugal -  recycling of  cork stoppers;

 Extend the CO2 retention period associated with cork  stoppers;

 Raise public awareness of the environmental advantages of  cork products in supporting an ecosystem with unique  characteristics;

 Plant trees native to Portuguese woodlands, such as corak oaks, thereby contributing to the value enhancement of one of Europe's richest ecosystems in terms of biodiversity.

Environmental Impact

Cork stoppers ensures the maintenance of the cork oak forest, an ecosystem that in Portugal alone can sequester more than 7.3 million tonnes of CO2 per year *. 
Recycling, in addition to increasing reuse of the raw material, extends the cork life cycle and its environmental benefits, in particular its remarkable CO2 retention capacity. It should be noted that, taking into account the carbon sink effect of Portuguese cork oak forests (montado), each natural cork stopper is associated with the retention of 112 grams of CO2.**

Approach

Green Cork was the first recycling programme to fund nature conservation and recovery initiatives. Cork is a natural raw material, which combines a set of properties that endow it with unparalleled characteristics. It is light, waterproof, elastic and compressible, offers thermal and acoustic insulation, and is a slow combustion material that is highly resistant to wear and tear. In addition, cork is fully biodegradable, renewable, recyclable, reusable and can circulate continuously in the economy

Although it will never be reused in stoppers, recycled cork can have a new lease of life and be used in coverings, insulation, memo boards, surf boards, car and aircraft components, design and fashion items and a multitude of other uses.






 


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