It’s no secret: industries rely heavily upon natural resources. Fashion is certainly no exception. While there are some serious environmental impacts associated with the processing of some fabrics and materials, cork has a substantially smaller environmental footprint. In fact, cork is one of the most renewable and eco-friendly resources on the planet.
For instance, did you know that every time a cork oak tree is harvested, it starts absorbing more CO2 to aid in the bark’s regeneration process? That’s why regularly harvested cork oak trees store three to five times more CO2 than those left unharvested. That’s also why choosing cork is good for the environment. Some cork trees can live for up to 300 year. Meaning a single tree can supply cork for many generations and capture CO2 from the atmosphere year after year.
Our commitment to a sustainably managed forest
The future of our planet, animals, businesses – in sum, our future – depends on the preservation of the world’s forests. That’s why all the cork we use to make bags and accessories bears the FSC® certification stamp. The FSC® chain of custody registered trademark certifies a credible link between production and the responsible consumption of forest products.
All of our cork complies with FSC‘s strict environmental, social and economic standards, covering so much more than the trees themselves! The seal indicates that local communities are respected, endangered habitats are protected, plant and animal species are preserved, and workers involved are properly paid.
We believe FSC® accreditation not only adds value to our products, but enables our consumers to make informed purchasing choices. In doing this, we hope to create greater economic value for the forest – the lifeblood of our business – and simultaneously reduce negative environmental impact.By protecting the financial viability of cork and its growers, we are also providing long-term protection for a unique and fragile ecosystem. Did you know the “Montado” (cork oak tree forest) has one of the world’s highest levels of biodiversity? It houses rare and even endangered species, like the Iberian lynx.