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Cork floors are made primarily from the bark of the cork oak tree. Cork bark rivals bamboo as one of the fastest–growing renewable resources used in floor manufacturing. Cork bark is gathered without the use of energy–intensive machinery, and is cultivated without pesticides or fertilizers. More significantly, cork oak tree forests are home to hundreds of plant and animal species, some which are endangered. It's been argued that the termination of cork production would undoubtedly result in the depletion of the cork oak forests, and ultimately, these ecosystems. All in all, one could easily advocate that cork oak trees are an essential part of the green movement.
Today, cork flooring is one of the most celebrated green flooring surfaces on the market. Cork bark is a renewable and sustainable resource and can be harvested every 9 to 10 years. To top it off, cork bark is biodegradable and recyclable. In terms of environmentally friendly flooring, cork gets top marks.
*Desertification is the gradual change of livable land into a desert.