Cork is the environmentally sound choice for flooring.
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. Its 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.
The first thing most people notice about cork is how soft it feels underfoot. Soft enough that your back, hips and knees feel better after standing on your feet for long periods of time but yet it doesn't feel spongy. Cork's cellular structure is made up of millions of tiny, sealed air-like pockets which provides many of the benefits of cork. This provides the soft feel underfoot.