The cork oak tree is not destroyed and then replanted but rather the bark is harvested from the tree every 9 years, leaving the forest undamaged. It’s not unusual to have a 200 year old tree still producing cork bark. Even better than a renewable resource, Cork is a Harvested Resource. Only the bark is harvested from the tree, causing no damage to the tree which re-grows new bark. Cork flooring is actually made from the waste of the cork wine stopper manufacturing process so cork flooring is a recycled product. All pigments, varnishes and adhesives used in producing its tiles are water-based, solvent-free and have no VOCs.