Why Cork Leather?
Sustainable & Ethical
Cork is probably the most versatile material there is! Used from sealing your favorite bottle of wine to space craft isolation, and anything in between. Obtained through an environmentally-friendly harvesting process, cork is 100% natural, renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. Cork leather has similar qualities to animal leather soft, durable, wear and tear resistant. Feels like the leather but also feels like holding a piece of nature in your hands.
Careful & Manual
The bark of a cork oak tree can only be harvested once the tree becomes 25 years old.
Having reached the appropriate age, the bark can be manually shaved off every nine years by expert extractors; and it actually benefits the tree’s ability to sequester C02. It’s also believed that harvesting the bark prolongs the life of the tree by up to 300 years. No animals are used in the process of harvesting the bark or at any stage of the production process what makes cork a truly vegan choice.
The cork bark obtained from the trees is disinfected, boiled and then cut into cork blocks. To obtain soft and flexible yet durable cork fabric, extremely thin layers are sliced from blocks and used to create high quality cork fabric. In order to achieve higher product characteristics, additional synthetic materials are applied, yet none of them none of them cause harm to the environment or health. It does not contain any heavy metals or their compounds, organic solvents, mineral fibers or formaldehyde.
Finally, since cork is such a versatile and durable product, it's application and usage are growing. The expansion of the cork industry incentivises stakeholders to protect the forests, which also benefits plants and animals. These oak forests support one of the world’s highest levels of forest biodiversity, second only to the Amazonian Rainforest.