Cork is renewable. Harvested from mature trees over a 9-year cycle, the bark regenerates while the tree continues to thrive. Trees are never cut down for their bark and can live for more than 250 years.
None of the harvested bark goes to waste. Almost all cork flooring is made from industrial waste created in the production of wine corks. After corks are punched out, the remaining cork is ground into granules, mixed with a polyurethane binder and baked in ovens.
Cork can be grown without the need for harmful herbicides or fertilizers and requires little water.