Cork , the ideal vegetal alternative to animal leather

Yes cork does come from a tree, in fact it is the bark of the cork oak, but its removal is done in respect with its growth cycle. The bark is harvested every 9 to 12 years, leaving trees with longevity of over 150 years.

The point is I imported cork rolls from Portugal, the world’s largest cork producer. Well okay, it’s not 100% cork but it looks like it and more importantly it is entirely vegan. A thin cork layer is laminated onto a textile substrate (cotton polyester) which will make you experience cork in a form other than a bottle cork or a pin board; but under which form, that of a classic leather product of course.

If I ask what is the first leather product that comes to mind; there is a good chance that you will think shoes or boots. The second product would most likely be gloves. As these items require manufacturing complexity we preferred to start with something simpler like a belt, probably the third leather product that you thought of.

Let it be known that the first vegan product introduced by Vegetal Alternatives will be an elegant cork belt. However, in order to stand out from the competition we pushed the experience further by adding a collar for cat or dog made of the same material. Why not show your attachment to your pet by wearing a belt matching his or her collar.

We propose the concept to women first but if we ever receive requests to adapt the concept for men, we will shall comply to the market demand.

To discover our first vegetal alternative made in Canada Click here.

Did you know

The cork oak can live from 150 to 200 years, and exceptionally up to 800 years, generally fifteen meters high but sometimes reaching 25 m. More than 90% of the production comes from Portugal, Spain, Algeria and Morocco. World cork production is estimated at 350 000 tonnes. After being harvested manually bark sections are left to stand outside for 6 months. It is then dipped 1.5 hours in hot water to remove contaminants and insects followed by a 3-week rest before being transformed. Cork oak forests are a highly monitored agricultural production, and are even considered a national treasure.

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