What is Cork?
The finished product of cork starts out as the bark of the Cork oak, (Quercus suber). The Cork oak is a truly fascinating tree. Native to the Mediterranean, the Cork oak creates diverse ecosystems which support a plethora of life, including endangered species such as the Iberian Lynx & the Barbary macaque.
Originally, the Cork oak developed such thick and sponge-like bark to resist the wild fires which frequently occured in these hot southern regions. After a fire, this majestic tree would sprout anew and rejuvenate itself, having been protected by its thick bark. It's such a special tree, that in Portugal, it is against the law to cut one down! Cork oaks have a long life, living to about 200 years old.
What's So Special About Cork?
Just one last thing - Cork is 100% Vegetable based and therefore is a durable, water-resistant and beautiful alternative to Leather, so rejoice Vegans & Vegetarians - cork is for you! Forget plastic based faux-leathers, help the planet and the animals with eco-superhero Cork.
No time to read? Here are the best bits:Renewable and Natural Resource
Doesn't Kill the Tree!
Provides Oxygen and Stores Carbon During the Trees Life
100% Vegan & Vegetarian