14th December 2009
While cork notice boards serve a wide variety of purposes in the home and the work place, most people actually take it for granted. Most people also think that cork is a man-made substance, but this isn’t true. In fact, cork is actually a harvested product. Most cork comes from Spain and Portugal, and is a major source of commerce for those countries.
Cork comes from cork oak trees. The health of these trees is closely monitored with regular inspections, and they are protected by various laws that are fairly strict. This ensures a never ending supply of cork. This is, of course, very important not only for the environment, but for those of us who have a very real need for the cork.
The next time you look at simple cork notice boards, think about where it came from, and pay special attention to how resilient cork actually is. When you stick a tack in it, and then remove the tack, the cork essentially ‘heals’ itself, by closing the hole. What this means to you is that cork is great to have, because it won’t need to be replaced very often – saving you and your company a great deal of money in the long run. Cork boards can last for hundreds of years, if they are taken care of.
Also consider the insulation and acoustical properties of cork when you buy these types of boards for your business. Cork is a natural insulator. It can not only reduce noise in a space because of its absorbent nature, but it can also help to keep a room cool or warm, and cut down on echoes in a room.
Because cork notice boards are made of a natural resource, one would expect them to be more expensive, but they aren’t expensive at all, which is good news for many business owners, and why many business owners are not afraid to buy large boards, and even to plaster their office walls with as many of these boards as possible.
It is also important to note that cork is environmentally friendly, because it is a renewable resource. In fact, cork is one of the few agricultural resources that can renew itself after each and every harvest – in a short period of time. This means that we have a never ending supply of it, and as it is used up and worn out, it actually becomes biodegradable.
With that said, however, it is important to realize that a cork oak tree cannot be harvested, by law, until it has grown to 120 centimetres. It must also have a circumference of 70 centimetres, and be at least 20 years old before it can be harvested. This ensures the quality of the cork, and protects the health of the tree. It is also important to note that although the tree regenerates itself after every harvest, in a short period of time, by law, a tree can only be harvested once every nine years.
Finally, you should realize that cork hasn’t always been used simply for cork notice boards. It actually served many important roles in the past. It was used as material for making shoe soles. It was used as boat material in many instances, and of course, it is still used as bottle stoppers, such as those used in wine bottles. It has even been used as a viable option for flooring, due to its natural softness and insulation properties.