What is Cork March 13, 2015 14:00

Cork : The Bark of the Cork Oak Tree. Unlike most trees,the cork oak is evergreen and can regenerate it’s bark making cork a renewable and sustainable resource.

History : Cork harvesting has been a way of life in Mediterranean Europe for at least 1000 years. The ancient cork forests stretch along the southern Mediterranean coast from Italy to Portugal with individual cork trees living up to 600 years. Cork harvesting is one of the planet’s best examples of a sustainable agro-forestry system where people conserve their natural resources, without disturbing or destroying the environment.

The bark of the cork tree is harvested from the tree without injury. A mature cork tree can have its cork bark harvested about every nine years, regenerating itself with no harm to the tree. The majority of these trees are found in Italy, Portugal and Spain. For hundreds of years the primary use of cork bark has been in wine and bottle stoppers because cork is elastic and can be squeezed into bottles then expand itself to prevent leakage.

 How come cork can be used in bags and accessories ?

Cork is a water resistant and natural material.  Anything that is water repellent is mildew resistant as well as hypo-allergenic. Cork is a natural substance and is fade resistant to sunlight. Because the tree is only harvested for bark about every nice years or so,cork is vegan and the tree suffers no long term damage from the harvest. Cork is a natural mosquito and bug repellent, it is sustainable,a truly eco-friendly material,and the cork fabric, that is a really Green and also animal-friendly material for the making of bags and purses. Bags made of cork fabric have natural fire resistance, durability, and they are lightweight due to the cork fabric consists of bubble form structure itself.