Re: Screw the cap, keep the cork


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Posted by Jeroen on 2010-09-27 08:45:30 in reply to Screw the cap, keep the cork posted by Ralph on 2010-09-26 18:26:14

I agree with you Ralph. The cork oak forests in Southern Portugal are a unique eco-system, which is under serious threat because the wine industry is moving away from cork. It is one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly industries anywhere. Every nine year trees are peeled and in nine years a solid and progressively better cork bark grows back. No trees are cut and no fossil fuels are used other than during transportation. With a declining demand cork growers are forced to switch to other crop, thus cutting down the often very old cork oaks which have been handed down for many generations.
With some searching you can find a bbc-documentary on the cork forests. Very impressive.
There is still some pretty good cork out there. The guy who builds my fly rods nowadays uses stuff without any filler whatsoever.

Cheers,
Jeroen


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