Cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree. These trees can grow pretty big, and they have really thick, rugged bark. Portugal produces 50% of cork worldwide. This natural cork fabric, or cork leather as it’s often called, is perfect for making bags & wallets. It’s backed with a thin layer of fabric similar to a faux leather. It’s thin enough to easily sew on any domestic machine.
Cork leather, is very durable, high quality material that will last and last. The cork used in making cork leather is extremely ethical and one of the most eco friendly resources on the planet.
We chose cork leather for its unique aesthetic and functional properties for our
Handmade Vegan Cork Wallets
- stong, durable, scratch resistant.
- water, fire, odour and dust repelent
We chose cork leather for the great ethical properties of cork
While leather has good functional properties, it comes with the obvious attachment to animal slaughter and also involves the not so obvious use of highly hazardous chemicals that are harming the planet and often harming the people and communities that are involved in this process.
There are a lot of plastic based faux leathers out there, that are low cost, have great functional properties and are animal free, but their production also often involves the use of hazardous chemicals that are harmful to the planet.
As well as a long list of functional properties, cork material has an even longer list of ethical properties:
- 100% Natural
- Chemical free
- Incredibly low ecological footprint
- Fights global warming
- Protects endangered species
Cork is harvested by shaving off the bark of a cork oak tree, the tree is then left to re-grow this cork layer to be harvested again. This means no trees are being cut down, so the area is a complete oasis for the wildlife and is great for supporting endangered species.
In addition cork oak trees absorb up to 5 times more carbon dioxide than other trees when re-growing their bark, so are an amazing asset in fighting global warming. Thats why we love Handmade Vegan Cork Wallets