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Those who care about their grandchildren plant a cork oak.

—An old adage in Portugal, source unknown

Cork - or vegan leather - is soft, lightweight, water resistant, stain resistant and absolutely gorgeous.

 

All our products are eco-friendly, they are made without harming the cork trees, animals or the environment in any way.

 

Cork is an impermeable buoyant material, the bark tissue that is harvested primarily from the cork oak, which is endemic to southwest Europe and northwest Africa. 

 

Because of its impermeable, buoyant, elastic, hypoallergenic and fire-retardant properties, cork is used in a variety of products.

The Alentejo landscape of Portugal produces approximately half of cork harvested annually worldwide. 

 

Once the trees are about 25 years old the cork is traditionally stripped from the trunks every nine years, with the first two harvests generally producing lower quality cork. The trees live for about 300 years.

 

The cork oak has been declared "national tree" on 21 December 2011.

The cork industry is generally regarded as environmentally friendly. Cork production is sustainable because the cork tree is not cut down to obtain cork; only the bark is stripped to harvest the cork. The tree continues to live and grow. The sustainability of production and the easy recycling of cork products and by-products are two of its most distinctive aspects.

 

Carbon footprint studies concluded that cork is the most environmentally friendly wine stopper in comparison to other alternatives. Also concerning the emission of greenhouse gases, each plastic stopper released 10 times more CO2, whilst an aluminium screw cap releases 26 times more CO2 than does a cork stopper.

Cork's elasticity combined with its impermeability and moisture-resistance makes it suitable as an alternative to leather in handbags, wallets and many other items. Cork is the ideal material for vegan products!

 

Hence all our products are certified PeTA Approved Vegan

When buying cork items you should be aware that natural occurring differences may occur, this includes but not limited to, colour differences, uneven surface, “burnt” alike marks, longevity and minor natural occurring gaps.



FUN FACT

 

Munro Leaf’s The Story of Ferdinand tells the story of a gentle bull who didn’t want to fight, preferring to sit under a cork tree and smell flowers. First published in 1936, three months after the Spanish Civil War started, the book swiftly found itself at the center of the socio-political maelstrom. Some interpreted it a piece of fascist propaganda, while others declared it anti-fascist. Gandhi loved it, Franco banned it, and Hitler burned it.