We centred our business around being kind to nature and animals, looking for sustainable and ethical materials that are still durable and perform to the standards and requirements needed.
Cork is sustainable, being harvested from cork oak trees every 9 years without needing to fell the trees. The end material is durable, soft to touch, and hypoallergenic. It is made up of a honeycomb-like structure that is full of air pockets, which makes it light and waterproof.
If you wanna get geeky, here’s the science!
Cork contains Suberin, a large molecule responsible for the formation of new cells that allows the trees to keep growing new layers of cork
It takes nine years for the layer of cork to grow on the tree before the bark can be harvested. After this, phellogen, a protective tissue found in the outer bark of three, facilitates secondary growth and the process starts again.
Harvesting the cork from trees does not require the trees to be felled. The trees require a lot of sunlight and high humidity but not a huge amount of rainfall and so mostly grow in places like Portugal and Spain. Cork forests can absorb up to 32million tons of CO2 per year!
Cork is therefore one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable vegan alternative to leather.
The structure of cork looks a bit like honeycomb, with cells arranged regularly and without any gaps.
The density of this structure and the chemical composition is dependant on the age of the tree as well as geographical, soil and climate factors.
The hexagonal structures filled with air makes cork light, elastic, and compressible.