Cork comes from the bark of the Cork Oak (Quercus suber), which means that the tree doesn’t need to be cut down in order to harvest the cork. Cork can be harvested approximately every nine years from the same tree over its 100 to 300-year lifespan.
It sure is! Approximately 200,000 tons of cork is produced annually. Additionally, since the Cork Oak is not cut down to harvest the cork, the forest is preserved and soil erosion is prevented. The Cork Oaks also create a habitat for over 200 animal and 135 plant species.
Even better, Cork Oak absorbs CO2 each time it regenerates. The Cork Oaks in Portugal alone help offset 10 million tons of carbon annually. Cork also breaks down completely and can be recycled.
Outside of wine stoppers and fashion, absolutely! Cork can be found everywhere from flooring to musical instruments to space shuttle insulation.
Cork provides a perfect neutral accent to any outfit. This Portuguese Passion Cork Handbag is a wonderful example of cork bringing together the worlds of sustainability, veganism and fashion. These cork belts are another impeccable addition to a sustainable wardrobe.