The Small Planet Workshop has picked up the trend: Cork Insulation. We are the first US distributers of cork in the US and want to let you know why cork is the best choice for insulation.
“A huge variety of wildlife is dependant upon the maintanience of these cork oak forests as in the prevention of desertification.”
The forests cover a total area of 735,000 hectares (approx. 1,816,224 acres) and each tree produces cork every 9 years. Cork forests prevent soil desertification and provides local employment in the forestry sector. The cork forests are also important for maintaining the biodiversity that is unique to Europe. Plus, Portuguese forests of cork oak trap 5 million tons of C02 every year. “Ecologically, the cork forests absorb carbon on a significant scale, assiting in reducing the impact of carbon emissions and other green house gasses.”
“The material is clearly renewable and recyclable unlike materials that are by-products of fossil fuels.” -Amorim Group
1: The raw materials are from Portugal in Silves (Algarve) and Vendas Novas (90 km/55.9 miles south of Lisbon).
2: ‘Natural’ industrial process granulates cork by size for specific application. The cork is then subject to superheated steam and pressure which induces expansion and releases natural resin (suberin) to create a free adhesive to permantly bond the granules.
Post: blocks broken down and recycled as the main energy source for the heating process- 90% consumed is biomass. Any wastage from the industrial process is 100% renewable by using the cork and granules.
3: Best insulator: agglomerated form keeps properties, stays unaltered which is great as a thermal or acoustic insulator. Its versability includes:
4: Application: Although there are many applications, at The Small Planet Workshop we are using it for insulation:
Information provided by: Amorim Group. Amorim Group has been focused on providing focus to these topics since 1963. By 1987 the group established the organization Expocor to effectively market the numerous innovative cork products.