Cork Sheets, in its vast majority come from cork oak trees from Portugal (about 50 percent of the world production). Oak-trees have a life span of between 150 and 200 years, and many specis rely their survival on these trees. Harvesting occurs every 8 to 10 years, all by workers hands, allowing the cork to grow naturally and avoiding trees demolishing. The bark that is obtained from cork-oak, has a vast use that ranges from the wine industry to house flooring.
In an overall manner, there exists aproximately 2 million hectares of cork oak trees in the world, and about 33% is just in Portugal, while the second largest forest is in Spain (and these are the biggest country productors of this material). They produce annualy almost 400 tons of cork board sheets (more than 50 percent comming from Portugal).
Conclusions led to that production of this material is nature-green, as destructions of trees does not occur, and carbon emissions are very very small, according to studies that were performed by Corticeira Amorim (the Portuguese most important exporter of cork sheets). There by, in a fight agains the use of plastic wine stoppers, they concluded that cork wine stoppers were much more environment friendly.
Sheets of cork, commonly used in many applications, as for instance cork stoppers (as decribed above), bulletin boards, and ofter used as floor tiles because of its insulation properties (it can also increase energy savings as it keeps heat inside). Also they are used as decorating and of course to use as a notice board. Another great application (and commonly used by young people) is decorative cork boards, as they enhance a room while keeping memories posted. It is a great gift to offer. Usually, when this kind of boards are kept outside, some protection is necessary, and thereby using cork bulletin board or frame cork board is a good idea, and also protecting changes in the boards from unallowed persons.
This materials properties are so desired beacause cork sheet is almost impermeable (that’s why it is used as a wine stopper) and very good thermal and sound insulatorm keeping the heat and the noise inside the rooms. Over an half of the world produced cork is used for bottle stoppers (they say it keeps the taste). Cork sheets are also very flexiblem resistant and size stable, meaning they are very capablel of getting to its basic form ever after compressed.
Also, cork board sheets can be used in playgrounds floor to enhance security of children playing. There are all colors available in cork frame boards, in order to let you customize you notice board, and also add a little beauty to playground floors.
APCOR means Portuguese Cork Association (in Portuguese, of course), and it is a group of portuguese cork manufacturers that aims the promotion of cork sheets in the world (addressing problems as the one stated above about the use of plastic wine stoppers). They produce large amounts of cork board sheets for various applications like bulletin boards, notice boards, and enclosed cork boards.