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What is stripping?
Stripping is the ancient process of extracting the bark of the cork oak - the cork. Today, this work is still done by specialised professionals, with absolute precision, who use just a single tool: the axe. This delicate operation takes place between May and August, when the tree is at its most active time of growth an…
Why is cork stripping the highest paid agricultural work in the world?
It is due to the high level of expertise necessary to harvest the cork without damaging this precious resource.
Equally surprising is the fact that the cork oak increases its ability to absorb these gases during the natural regeneration process following stripping. The more it is harvested, the more the cork tree protects the environment.
Cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree (Quercus suber L.).
100 percent natural, reusable and recyclable, cork is, whether from the environmental, social or economic perspectives, one of the world’s most versatile materials. It takes each cork oak 25 years before it can be stripped for the first time and it is only from the third stripping (at 43 years of age) that the cork, th…