Why CORK is BETTER than LEATHER
Cork is a very lightweight, organic and raw material, weighing just 0.16 grams per cubic centimeter. Its made up of a honeycomb like core structure that gives it strength as well as a multitude of other amazing qualities making cork a extremely versatile alternative to animal leather. #AnythingLeatherCanDoCorkCanDoBetter
Flexible and Soft
Cork Fabric is typically backed with a cotton or a poly /cotton blend backing. The cork is adhered and strengthened by the backing. It also gives the cork a thicker and softer feel that's playable and just as soft as animal suede and leather. #AnythingLeatherCanDoCorkCanDoBetter
Thanks to Suberin and ceroids, cork is practically impermeable to liquids and gases making it OKAY to get wet! It dries quickly, unlike leather that can stay wet and attract odors and bacteria. This UNIQUE quality makes cork fabrics hypoallergenic vs. animal leather which is not. #AnythingLeatherCanDoCorkCanDoBetter
Cork is highly resistant to dampness and moisture, and therefore to subsequent oxidation and decay. Basically it's unable to produce mold and bacteria. Creating once again a safer healthier alternative to animal leather. #AnythingLeatherCanDoCorkCanDoBetter
Cork is an excellent thermal, acoustic, and vibration insulator. Cork isn't just for jewelry! The things that can me created with cork are endless! #AnythingLeatherCanDoCorkCanDoBetter
Recyclable and Renewable
Cork is a natural raw organic material which is 100% sustainable, biodegradable, recyclable, and renewable. #AnythingLeatherCanDoCorkCanDoBetter
The best attribute of cork is it DOESN'T come from an animal! In fact all of Nautigirl252’s Cork is 100% vegan and PETA approved, and does not harm the trees or environment in any way. #AnythingLeatherCanDoCorkCanDoBetter
Required to Keep Cork Trees Alive
The process of obtaining cork from the bark of the tree is comparable to pruning a bush. The bark of the Querous suberous oak tree is unlike any other bark of any species of trees. The bark must be removed in a systematic hands on manner every seven years by professional cork tree pruners. Every 7 to 9 years when a tree is de-barked the cork is thicker. The first crop of bark is called virgin bark that is usually ground down into granules and you’ll find that in your cork boards and other compressed cork products such as coasters, etc. The second phase of court which would be 14 to 18 years is thicker but it’s also granulated down to once again produce products with granulated bark.
It is not till year 21 to 27 until the bark is thick enough to punch out wine stoppers. The thickness of the bark is what determines its strength. After the wine stoppers are punched out the leftover cork bark is then broken down and made into material and fabrics for use. There is virtually zero waste with cork. Each bit of it can be broken down and used in one form or another.