Cork wood is truly a magical resource provided by Mother Nature. One of many ways through which she teaches us the importance of restoring equilibrium in our lives. We all demand more than what we give back. Together we can change that by choosing products that are sustainable and cruelty free.
1. Where does cork come from ?
Most of the world’s main Cork Oak forests are found in Portugal, Spain, southern France, Italy, and North Africa. It is the combination of climate and soil types of these regions that allow Cork oaks to grow and prosper and provide the primary source of raw material for the Cork industry.
2. Is Cork a Responsible Material?
Cork is produced and harvested using only the bark of the cork oak tree.
Cork oak trees are grown to be approximately twenty-five years of age before they can begin to be harvested. Using age-old techniques, the bark is gently stripped from the tree without damaging the tree.
The corking industry is highly regulated to ensure the survival of the cork oak trees. Once a tree has been stripped, it may not be used again for seven to nine years, allowing the bark to regenerate. This cycle reinforces the concept of cork being Eco-friendly because the tree species is being preserved by regulating the amount of time which is allotted for the tree to reproduce its bark so as not to injure the source.
3. What does Cork Fabric feel like ?
Cork material offers a soft feel like no other. Beautiful to touch, beautiful to look at. It is extremely strong yet light in weight, it even floats.
4. How durable is Cork? Does it wear ?
One of Cork's main benefits is the fact that it is extremely durable. It’s chemical and physical structure allows for amazing wear resistance. Cork fabric wears similarly to leather which is another reason this Cork material is often called Cork Leather. But unlike normal leather, Cork Leather is water resistant due to its natural properties. Cork fabric comes in different qualities, patterns, colors and exterior finish. A simple way to test quality is to run your fingernails on the fabric. If it peels of then it is not good quality. Poor quality cork fabric cracks on bending and is not fit for making fashion accessories like bags, wallets etc.
We ensure that our fabrics are sourced from premium suppliers from across the world who have high quality manufacturing standards.
5. Are any animals or trees harmed in cork harvesting?
No. Cork harvesting is a cruelty free process
6. How do I clean my Cork products?
Unlike leather, Cork does not need to be conditioned. It is waterproof and easily cleaned by just using some warm mild soapy water, gently wipe the dirty area with a clean soft cloth and then allow the item to dry naturally. Kindly refrain from using any detergents or strong cleaning agents.
7. How sustainable is Cork and what impact does it have on the environment?
Cork is 100% sustainable, renewable and environment friendly. It holds more carbon dioxide than timber only releasing the CO2 if the cork is powdered and incinerated. During the bark regrowth years it absorbs 5 times more CO2 than a normal tree, making it an effective agent against global warming.
8. So why Cork?
We say why not.
Why should we use animal based products when we have a cruelty free alternative? Life of luxury might be your right but it must not come at the cost of someone’s plight.
Cork is widely regarded as being one of the most ecologically friendly materials around the world. In present times riddled with environmental issues it is extremely vital to make Eco conscious choices. It’s easily recycled, completely natural, and using Cork Oak forests for industry helps prevent desertification and deforestation. By using cork products, you directly contribute towards the survival and management of a vital eco system that is essential for a sustainable future.