So why cork? Cork is a material that is 100% natural, biodegradable, renewable, sustainable, and eco-friendly. Due to its elastic, waterproof and fire resistant properties, cork is a material with immense potential of multipurpose usage in various types of products. Cork products will contribute more and more to a cleaner and sustainable world, with a very green solution in mind.
Cork comes from the cork oak, a tree native of the Mediterranean region and which extends to countries such as Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, northern Africa, and recently in Australia! Portugal alone provides more than 52% of the world’s cork production and the extraction method is completely eco-friendly to the tree. Harvesting is a process that does not harm the tree in any way. The bark is extracted entirely by hand, without any machinery, by skilled, trained technicians. The tree is not cut down, it´s surface does not suffer damages and the trees can last hundreds of years.
The cork oak tree can live to approximately 200 years old, being harvested for the first time at about 25 years old and then every 9 years thereafter. It takes a few years for the bark reach the minimum thickness required to provide the high quality cork we need for manufacturing of our high quality products. Along with the sustainability of cork production, it is important to know that growing, harvesting, caring and enhancing the planting of new cork trees is extremely important to and for our eco-system. We are proud to be part of this cycle to contribute to an eco-friendly world.
Working with the various cork manufactures that are associated with our company in bringing the finest quality of exotic cork one of a kind handbags, shoes, wallets, and accessories to the US, Canada, and South America. The workmanship, quality, and exotic cork material is artisan made with today’s fashion in mind at each step of the process.
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