When we hear the word ‘cork’, I bet the first thing that pops into our mind is wine. You are not alone. Most of us are not aware that cork leather is highly versatile, and its commercial potential is enormous. Cork products are 100% natural, eco-friendly, recyclable, biodegradable, cruelty-free, non-allergenic and sustainable. The urgency to address climate change and global warming has given momentum to the cork trend. Several big players in the fashion industry (for example Prada, Stella McCartney) have jumped on the cork bandwagon. Even NASA is in the cork game.
So what exactly is cork leather (which is also known as cork fabric in the vegan leather family)? As the name suggests, it is simply leather made of cork. It is made from the bark of the cork-oak trees. Experienced cork strippers use a specialized cork axe to slit the outer bark and peel it away from the tree by hand. This does not harm the tree. The trees then renew themselves and regenerate new bark. This also allows the tree to live for a very LONG time (~200 years).
A little TLC (Tender loving care) is enough keep it around for a long time. Here are some tips to increase the lifespan of your cork bag. Cork needs natural cleaning methods as it is a natural product.
Simply spot treat it using a wet/damp cloth and gently wipe it until the dirt or stain disappears. If there is a large patch of stain, it can be safely immersed in warm water (it is waterproof, remember) for a gentle wash with a natural soap. DO NOT use chemical or acid cleaning soap on your bag. Unlike leather, no oil is required either. Let it air dry, but away from direct sunlight.
That’s it. You are good to go!
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