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Ecology & Cork

The benefits of

Cork

So, you’ve just purchased, or are thinking about purchasing, your first cork accessory.

Congratulations, cork is one of the best vegan and eco-friendly fabrics out there. You’re probably a bit skeptic, I understand. Let me convince you!

From tree to

Product

After being carefully harvested, the cork is left to air dry for six months. Then it’s boiled and steamed to get even more elasticity. Heat and pressure are applied to cork to press it into blocks, which are later sliced in thin sheets that can be transformed in a multitude of wonderful cork leather accessories. Unlike the heavy chemical processing of leather, cork leather production is chemical-free. (Impressive, huh?)

Cork fabric won’t crack or crumble. In fact, Due to its very simple and natural processing, cork fabric retains all the qualities that Ȋrawȋ cork is known for:

EXTREMELY LIGHT

This is one of the biggest advantages of cork and of our products, as no one wants to carry a laptop bag that weighs more than the laptop itself. With over 50% of its volume being air, no wonder cork is so light!

WATER RESISTANT

Cork bags, handbags, and sleeves are perfect to keep your favorite devices safe and sound -even in the most adverse weather conditions. Water resistance is cork’s best-kept secret: cork ages without deteriorating mainly due to its resistance to moisture. The suberin layer (a waterproof, waxy substance) present in the cell walls, makes cork virtually impermeable to liquids and gasses.

WEAR AND TEAR RESISTANT

Cork wallets are very sturdy and will last you a lifetime, even if you carry them daily in your jeans’ pocket. Other cork accessories are just as resistant. Thanks to its honeycomb structure, cork is highly abrasion resistant and has a high friction coefficient. That’s why cork is a go-to material, even for NASA.

SOFT AND UNIQUE

The softness of cork fabric is a lovely characteristic. Also, each product is as unique as a fingerprint, as there are no two equal pieces of cork.

CORKY QUALITY

If your priority is quality, and you’re wondering how your cork products will age and behave through the years, know this: the quality and suppleness of cork fabric products can only be compared to that of leather goods.

But, unlike leather, cork fabric is 100% natural and vegan, water repellent, stain resistant and scratchproof. Another advantage of cork fabric over leather is that it’s very low maintenance. To keep your vegan cork accessories in good shape, all you need to do is clean them with water and soap. That’s it! You’re good to go.

Of course your new cork accessories will age – like everything under the sun. But they will do so in a nicely kept manner, lasting you for years to come, with added character.

Convinced of the corky qualities?
Then quickly take a look in our webshop!

The ecological marvel:

Portuegese Cork

THE CORK MIRACLE IN BRIEF

  • A friend for life
  • The cork industry is a give – give partnership
  • Cork is next level sustainability
  • Cork is very versatile in use
  • Cork production is fair from start to finish, throughout the entire process from harvesting to processing to selling.

NEXT LEVEL SUSTAINABILITY

  • No tree is cut or damaged
  • Cork is harvested from the bark of the cork trees.
  • It’s an inexhaustible renewable resource. After peeling the bark, the bark will fully regenerate and grow back. This process takes an average of 8 years.
  • In order to renew his bark, the cork tree will store C02 in large quantities. This allows the tree to absorb 3 to 5 times more CO2 and convert it into much needed oxygen.
  • The total C02 absorption capacity of the cork forests is estimated at 10 to 12 million tonnes per year.
  • A unique, sustainable cooperation and balance between man and nature.

GIVE-GIVE PRINCIPAL

  • The cork tree only thrives throughout the passion and skills of his caregivers.
  • Cork trees are peeled manually. To date, there is no single machine that can take over this meticulous process. It requires an unseen craftsmanship and years of experience. It is a skilled craft passed down from generation to generation.
  • The cork farmers love their trees and call them with pride ‘friends for life‘. If handled with the right care, the cork oak trees will be giving resources for a lifetime.
  • The cork farmers are one of the highest paid workers in Europe. Their work is of such great national and ecological importance that they are well assured and well provided at all levels.
  • The cork farmers are not paid according to the amount of cork they produce, but based on the hours of work they perform. In this way, the government wants to monitor the quality of the extraction process, so the health of the trees is protected at all times. Slow harvesting provides the best quality of cork.

EUROPEAN RAIN FOREST

  • The cork forests provide an unseen and unique ecosystem with an enormous biodiversity.
  • Cork trees ensure the preservation of the fragile soil and the retention of precious and scarce groundwater.
  • Without cork trees, the landscape would rapidly change in desert ground. Dry, arid and impossible to grow anything. These pieces of land would become uninhabitable for people and animals would flock. The local fauna and flora would soon disappear to never return.
  • Cork forests support the largest biodiversity in Europe and create an ancient and precious landscape, but also protect many endangered species of wildlife.