SUSTAINABILITY

At JPS Cork Group, nature and state-of-the-art technology coexist in perfect harmony.

Montado

An immeasurable natural wealth

It is the Singular ecosystem of the western Mediterranean region and one of 36 global biodiversity hotspots. The Montado contribute to CO2 retention, regulate the hydrological cycle, protect their areas against erosion and fire, and promote a high level of biodiversity.

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Cork Produced in the World is National

The cork oak is a slow growing tree that plays an important role in CO2 capture, which is stored in its roots, leaves, trunk, and bark (cork) throughout its life.
And for each ton produced, the montado sequesters, according to recent scientific studies, more than 73 tons of CO2 (equivalent to the emissions of that gas released by a car that travels 450,000 km), which contributes strongly to fighting climate change and positively to the CARBON BALANCE.

Cork

100% Recyclable, Reusable and Natural

100% natural reusable recyclable

Cork is the bark of the noble cork oak “Quercus Suber”, which has a useful life of more than 200 years. Every 9 years this bark is extracted in an ancient and natural process, without cutting or damaging the tree. Over the life of the cork oak, which lasts an average of 200 years, the cork can be stripped about 17 times.

It is cork harvesting that maintains the vitality of the Montados, allowing thousands of people to continue to live and work in arid and semi-arid areas (the first barrier to the growth of the Sahara).

Stripping is a manual process that does not require the use of polluting machinery and does not involve felling the tree.

NATURAL ADVANTAGES

Cork products maintain their storage capacity throughout their life cycle, which makes it possible to reduce the carbon footprint of various cork-based products.

With about 4000 years of use by man, before Christ it was already used in shoes, sealing amphorae or balls. In the middle ages it insulated convents from the cold and was used in the construction of the Portuguese caravels that discovered the world and formed the first “global village”.

Today it protects the best wines and is applied in countless other sectors, some of which were unthinkable just a few years ago.

The economic sector of cork is therefore an effective sink of greenhouse gases since the sequestration of carbon dioxide of the atmosphere is much superior to the emissions of these gases emitted throughout the sector, from the forest to the final destination of the cork products.

Portugal is today the world leader in cork production and cork transformation.

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Strategic Vision

Strategic Vision

In our 5 industrial units, cork is transformed into ecological solutions, from granules to cork stoppers, from footwear components to thermal and acoustic insulation, from flooring to wall coverings, from fabrics and threads to wellness products. The characteristics of natural cork are maintained, old know-how is applied, technology, innovation and new possibilities are created in a long cycle of sustainability and circular economy at the service of market needs.

Recognizing that sustainability is even a strategic priority, we continually develop actions and processes leading to further reduction of the carbon footprint in the global supply chain, from forestry to production and distribution, such as

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Installation, in the heart of the forest, of an industrial unit for better management of the raw material and the forest, in partnership with the various cork storage producers, thus minimizing our carbon footprint in this initial phase of the process.

Promotion of Sustainable Forestry, namely through Certification of the respective FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council ®) Chain of Custody.

production

– Cork granulate and cork dust resulting from cork product manufacturing processes (example: cork stoppers) can be reused in new products such as flooring panels, yoga mats, or cork fabrics and yarns.
– In some cork products waste from other industries is also incorporated, contributing positively to a future free of waste and with functional benefits, such as rubber from end-of-life tires.

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1 bottle of wine in glass has a high carbon footprint

By using cork stoppers as closures, wine and spirits producers could achieve a reduction in carbon footprint of about 250 grams/bottle.

We contribute to improve the quality of the environmental performance of buildings and consequently energy efficiency, by obtaining the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for our insulation products. EPD provides information on the environmental impacts of the product throughout its life cycle, and allows credits to be earned in building environmental certification programs such as LEED or BREEAM.”

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people

Human value is intrinsically associated with the sustainability and longevity of the Montado ecosystem, as it is with the JPS CORK Group.

Following the footsteps of its founder, this is a family organization already in the 2nd and 3rd generation, where, in a spirit of teamwork and mutual help, the human resources dedicate their effort and talent to create value with one of Portugal’s most important natural resources, for a global solution in cork products, bringing together tradition and innovation.

As such, the JPS CORK Group recognizes that motivation and working conditions are one of the key factors in its success.

Dignity, non-discrimination, equal rights, safety, education, personal and professional development, and freedom of association are structural principles of our activity.

In addition, we contribute positively to the development of the communities where our units are located, with job creation and well-being, as well as the acquisition of products and services in the respective region. We reuse and produce energy with our waste, reducing its negative impact on the community.

We evolve, together, just like cork: in a balanced and sustained way.

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