Cork is Extinct! - ????

One of the common questions I get asked from builders, architect and property owners after first sharing with them the natural wonders of "F" Series Spray Cork by Vipeq is...


Isn't there a shortage of cork in the world?


If true, this would indeed be devastating for the future of Spray Cork, Cork flooring, Cork Gaskets, heck even the wine industry! That's where the good news starts' and ends' - the wine industry.


Now I won't pretend to be an expert in the field, but can confirm sources with links to some major players who are, as well as Dr Google have helped me form this opinion. Of course this education is also guided by some other published facts...


When the wine industry discovered a cheaper, more stable bottle stopper in a plastic mould they thought they were on to a winner. Plus it was recyclable - just like Cork, but no way near as "green" as cork.


So how did they make it happen?


They convinced the world that the world's Cork Oak tree population was nearing an end, that the cork supply chain could not produce enough into the future to stick to the traditions of the previous 100 years. Thus they had created a solution, that was recyclable and more effective as a moulded plastic cork would perfectly seal a bottle everytime.


First problem - the level of Corkage, or cork taint reduced only marginally - if at all for some brands. So the savings intended from an improved rate of loss never really happened.


Second problem - whilst recyclable, the plastic corks are not bio-degradable and remained with a "dirty" tag.


Third problem - a perfect mould doesn't exist. When blow moulding glass bottles, and indeed the moulding of the plastic cork a perfect marriage was not guaranteed between bottle and cork.


Solution - Forget the spin, return to Cork stoppers. Over the past few years the wine industry internationally has returned in droves to the use of Cork stoppers. This seeing the wine industry once more supporting the cork oak plantations and harvesting with the Mediterranean belt led by countries such as Portugal, Spain and Italy.


Of all the cork harvested annually between 12 - 18% is used in Wine stoppers.


Cork is here for the long term, is not listed as endangered and is not in short supply!


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