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WHAT IS CORK?
Cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree which grows primarily in Portugal, Spain, southern France and North Africa. The cork oak tree is very unique as its bark can be removed without it being harmed. Cork is light weight, soft, water repellent, durable and easy to maintain. These features make this eco-friendly material a great leather alternative.
HOW IS CORK MADE?
The cork bark has to be extracted carefully without causing damage to the tree so that it can regrow. To turn cork into fabric, it has to be boiled with water to alter the cell structure, expanding it to create a more manageable material. The boiled cork then gets shaven into very thin sheets and a cotton based backing is added to the sheets in order to increase durability.
WHY IS CORK SUSTAINABLE?
The cork oak trees can be harvested around every 10 years for 200 years or more, meaning a single tree can supply cork for many generations which makes it an eco-friendly and sustainable material. It also does not require the use of heavy toxic chemicals like in animal leather production.