Cork is nature's versatile treasure. It is the outer bark of the cork oak tree, grown predominately in the southern half of Portugal. Cork is used in products ranging from engine gaskets to wine corks. Cork has adapted to the worlds rapidly changing tastes and technology for over two hundred years.
Beyond the versatility of cork, it is also one of the most environmentally sensitive materials available. This characteristic includes, not only the organic techniques used to grow the cork trees, but also the manufacturing processes, where much of the work is performed with traditional hand labor.