The Amorim Wise Cork Pure and Inspire 700 flooring solutions have a negative Carbon Balance, when the carbon sequestration of the cork oak forest is taken into consideration. The results are from a study commissioned by Amorim Cork Flooring (Corticeira Amorim's Floor and Wall Coverings Business Unit) from the consultancy firm, EY, that evaluated the environmental impacts caused from the extraction of raw materials until the end of the product's life.
The study revealed that Amorim Wise Cork Pure enables carbon sequestration of up to -193kg of CO2 / m2, while Amorim Wise Inspire 700 HRT flooring solutions enable carbon sequestration of up to -101kg of CO2 / m2 and Amorim Wise Inspire 700 SRT flooring solutions enable carbon sequestration of up to -93kg CO2 / m2. In other words, when considering the indirect effect on climate regulation, the products have a negative carbon balance, since the associated carbon sequestration of the cork forests is much higher than the emissions generated during their industrial production.
As the market leader in the cork-based floor and wall coverings sector, Amorim Cork Flooring's mission is to develop innovative, sustainable and eco-friendly solutions that contribute to people's health, comfort and well-being. Amorim Wise was born with this primary concern in mind. The brand favours use of cork as its main raw material, adopting production techniques that aim to reduce waste and avoiding the use of any PVCs in the composition of its product portfolio. Sustainability invariably plays a fundamental role in the search for new floor and wall covering solutions, and is the overriding principle which determines many of the company's strategies in terms of the launch of new products.
It should be noted that the results provide relevant information on the environmental contribution of cork products, while highlighting the tremendous value of the cork oak forest in terms of sustainability. The studies form part of Corticeira Amorim's constant effort to encourage further research into cork, so as to provide its more than 27,000 national and international customers with quantifiable information on how to reduce their products' carbon footprint, helping them in their joint efforts to combat climate change.