La Cork collection emulates the perfect collaboration between sustainability and design. Our eco-friendly range of accessories is crafted with the highest-quality cork and recyclable materials, making it 100% vegan, while being beautifully one of a kind. All of our products are cruelty-free to ensure that no animals are ever harmed during any stage of production.
Did you know ? .
Harvesting cork bark assists in the absorption of CO2 – a greenhouse gas that causes climate change. In fact, harvested cork trees absorb 3-5 times more CO2 than non-harvested trees. Cork oak forests provide a carbon sink for the earth and help offset over 10 million tons of carbon every year. Cork trees are also important producers of oxygen.
- Cork Trees Are Harvested, Not Cut Down
Cork stoppers are made from the bark of a cork oak tree, not the tree itself. Bark is harvested from the tree every 9-12 years. Completely renewable and sustainable, harvesting bark does not harm the tree. Each time cork is harvested; cork bark regenerates itself (and in doing so absorbs CO2). In fact, cork trees live between 100 and 300 years.
- Cork Is Biodegradable and Recyclable
Cork is a natural, environmentally friendly material. It degrades completely and can be easily recycled without producing any toxic residues. .
With over 79% of waste that gets sent to landfills, switching to cork means that the amount of waste that builds up is substantially reduced. When cork is produced ALL of its byproducts can be used and transformed for different purposes, resulting in less waste and more amazing benefits to harness.
Vegans rejoice! During the harvesting and production of cork no animals are ever harmed, neither is it a threat to current wildlife. In fact, harvesting cork helps protect the delicate plants and ecosystems within their forests.
- Cork helps conserve soil and plants
Cork trees help maintain a richer soil so that organic matter is produced and the existing plants can be thrive and reproduce faster. Cork trees also protect the soil against wind and soil erosion because of their big treetops. This helps maintain a richer ecosystem for happier flora and fauna.
- Cork helps maintain microclimates
Cork trees have big, dense tree tops which prevent extreme climate conditions from damaging the ecosystem balance and conserve vegetation by allowing longer growing seasons. They also help protect crops from strong, disruptive winds because they act like a windbreaker wherever they grow.
- Cork helps protect animals
Cork trees provide a way for animals, such as the Iberian Lynx and the Imperial Eagle, and other endangered species, to escape and forage while providing a habitat of safety. The leaves from the cork tree are also a source of food for many insects and can host a diverse community of insects for feeding networks. Cork forests currently house 24 species of amphibians and reptiles, more than 160 species of birds and 37 species of mammals. Therefore, harvesting cork helps protect and maintain these valuable ecosystems.
- Reforestation programs help Cork forests
Over 130 thousand hectares of cork forests are soon to be apart of the earth due to various reforestation programs. That means that cork will be a much easier material to access, compared to traditional raw materials, and can provide a vast amount of benefits for our use while still keeping the earth happy.
- Cork bark needs to harvested
Although plant cells die once harvested, cork bark needs to be harvested. This is because cork trees are healthier when their bark is stripped away. They can be harvested every 9 years and will regenerate with no harm done to the ecosystem.