Cork leather proves to be a very new term for some and we do receive a lot of questions regarding its properties and qualities.
We have answered the most frequently asked ones below.
How to care for my cork leather products?
Cork is a waterproof material, so cleaning your cork leather goods with warm soapy water is the easiest way. Just use a damp cloth and rub gently in circular motion. Once clean you can then rinse with just water.
Is cork leather durable?
Cork leather is waterproof, scratch proof, fire repellent and very sturdy.
Will cork leather fade over time?
As a natural product made from tree bark, some fading may be observed over time. This is totally normal and it doesn't affect the product's structure. If your cork leather goods have been coloured, that colour may also naturally fade over the years. Exposing your cork leather goods to direct sunlight for prolonged periods will also cause fading. Just like with any other fabric.
How is cork leather made?
The raw material is the bark of the cork oak tree. This is harvested by skilled craftsmen who pass on their skills through generations. Removing the bark from the tree is probably one of the most eco-friendly processes. The tree is never cut down and the bark is removed by hand. Once this is done, the cork tree bark gets boiled and steamed. It is then pressed into a thin layer, which is backed with 100% cotton. The production of cork leather is 100% free of chemicals. All dyes and adhesives are plant and water based.
Are cork forests endangered?
The more we use cork material, the healthier the cork forests are. They are very well maintained and there is enough cork material to meet global demand for at least 100 years.
How important are cork trees?
Cork is the world's most generous tree. A cork oak tree can live on the average about 200 years. Once a tree is 25 years old, it is ready for its first harvest. The bark regrows and can be harvested again in about 9 years.
Cork forests store approximately 14 million tonnes of CO2 annually. They play a very important role in reducing harmful greenhouse emissions, which are known to be the main reason for global warming and climate change.
Cork forests also provide natural habitat for many species such as The Iberian Imperial Eagle, Black Vulture, Black Stork, Barbary Stag, as well as the endangered Ibearian Lynx.