Sustainability & Environment

The United Nations Brundtland Commission defined sustainable development as that which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The 2005 World Summit noted that this required the reconciliation of environmental, social equity and economic demands: the three pillars of sustainability. Cork production is seen as “one of the rare examples of a truly sustainable forest exploitation responsible for maintaining an ecosystem of overriding environmental and social importance”. (Diário Económico 10/01/2006)

CorkGuard™ technology applied to natural cork removes the negatives associated with its use in wine and spirits. It is our vision to safeguard the future of the cork industry by encouraging the wine industry worldwide to have the confidence to make cork their first choice closure.

Sustainability & Environment


The Cork trees themselves are good for the environment. It’s said that each cork tree sustains 100 varieties of animal, insect and bird life, some of which are under threat of extinction. The root system of the trees is a major factor in stopping erosion in the hot and dry regions where the forests grow.

Cork forests are also highly efficient at removing CO² from the atmosphere, and their carbon footprint is far lower than that of plastic corks or screwcaps.

Because of the environmental benefits, the way it’s harvested and its sustainability, cork production is one of the most eco-friendly industries on the planet.

At CorkGuard™ we want to help secure the future of the cork industry and give wine producers the confidence to enjoy the benefits of this amazing natural substance, free from concerns about performance.

Carbon Footprint of Various Closure Types*

Cork 1.533g/cork
Synthetics 14.833sg/stopper
Screw Caps 37.172g/cap
The cork forest provides carbon
offset of — 118.5g/cork

*Price Waterhouse for Amorim