We LOVE Cork! Not only is cork a cruelty free alternative to leather, its also amazingly beautiful and made from a renewable material which is the bark of the cork oak.
On our website http://www.eco-ists.com we offer a lot of info on cork, and what the growing and harvesting of Cork is all about.
How is cork sustainable and renewable? Here is an article that describes and explains why and how the cork industry is a very important one, and not only in producing ECO-ISTS hand and shoulder-bags. We all have had wine in our lives
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY HARVESTING
Cork is a 100% natural, renewable, recyclable and biodegradable material that is obtained through an environmentally friendly harvesting process.
HAND-HARVEST FOR LONG LIFE
Trees are not cut down to harvest cork, rather, the bark is harvested by hand every 9 years. Did you know that cork oak trees can live up to 300 years?
SUPPORTING GREAT BIODIVERSITY
Approximately 6.6 million acres of Mediterranean of cork forests extend across Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia and France. These oak forests support one of the world’s highest levels of forest biodiversity, second only to the Amazonian Rainforest.
Opting for screw caps and plastic stoppers directly causes the loss of sustainable livelihoods as the cork forests are a vital source of income for thousands of families.
UTILISATION OF A GREAT RESOURCE
There is enough cork in the cork forests of Portugal and Spain to last more than 100 years. The introduction of new products, such as composite corks, allows even better utilization of existing cork resources, using granulated cork that can be obtained from smaller pieces of raw cork otherwise unusable in the production of conventional punched cork.