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January 10, 2019 From the World

Portuguese Cork : A new sustainable and fashion fabric

Portugal´s Cork is a wonderful vegan and sustainable material

Where the Cork comes from ?

Cork comes from the Quercus Suber tree. It has been used for centuries for different purpose.
It becomes the most inventive and innovative material in fashion design.

Unlike other plant-based textiles, the tree does not have to be cut down in order to be turned into a bag.
Instead, the bark is carefully removed, allowing the tree to remain unharmed and a new layer of bark to grow back through this renewable process.

Moreover the versatile material can be harvested many times (every 7 to 8 years) throughout a tree’s lifetime. The Quercus Suber – oak tree- can live about 200 years.
In 1890, a German company discovered a method to transform the cork into sheets. These sheets can be rolled and cut into any shape.

The Alentejo region is the main producer of cork in Portugal.

Indeed, 72% of Portuguese cork oak forests are present in this area.
Portugal exports most of its production. This represents about 16% of the country’s total exports.

Therefore, cork is a product that promotes the development of the economy of Portugal in a sustainable manner.
It is a protected tree and it is forbidden to cut down a cork tree without explicit permission from the government.

Cork : A new fashion material

Natural, vegan, sustainable, recyclable, and versatile, it’s no wonder that cork remains such an attractive material for the fashion industry !

One32 Cork bags are made by skilled manual workers in a craftsmanship workshop in Portugal.
One32 cork bags are a prime example of handmade products; such products are strictly made by hand, not by machines. It’s a process that’s rooted in decades of traditions.
One32 Cork bags are extremely light, water repellent and wear resistant.

One32 highlights portuguese cork through an innovative reinterpretation with modern design and elegant croc-effect pattern.