Vegan / Cork Leather

Cork is an all-natural material that has been used for thousands of years, it's sustainable, eco friendly and the process is chemical free. Cork is quickly gaining popularity as a sustainable option in building insulation, flooring and eco-friendly leather-like clothing and accessories. Cork leather is pliable, durable, water resistant, lightweight, hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, and vegan!

HOW IS IT MADE? Cork fabric or vegan leather is made from shavings of the Cork Oak Tree. The process involves peeling back the outer layer of bark to expose the inner layer of cork which is then shaved off the old fashion way, by hand using an axe or similar tool.Β 

DOES IT HARM THE TREE? Harvesting cork does no damage to the tree; the outer bark grows back and it actually encourages regeneration which extends the tree's lifespan. After it reaches 25 years old, the Cork Oak Tree can be safely harvested every 9-12 years and lives for up to 200 years. A single tree can be harvested over 16 times in its lifetime.

WHAT NEXT? After the cork has been harvested, it’s laid out to dry for around six months, then boiled in plain old water, flattened (by rolling) and moulded into the material it will be used for. The sheets of cork fabric are then supported by a thin piece of fabric backing, usually made from cotton or polyester.

Our cork labels are handmade with respectfully harvested cork from Portugal and backed with an ultra thin 65% cotton / 35% polyester blend.