WHERE OUR CORK FABRIC COMES FROM
Did you know that cork is one of the most versatile and eco-friendly products on our planet? Cork bark can be harvested repeatedly without harming the tree and made into a variety of different applications. On top of that, one tree alone can produce hundreds of pounds of cork over its lifetime.
Keep reading to learn more about cork material and where Laflore Paris sources their cork fabric.
CORK HARVESTING PROCESS
The cork harvesting process is always done with ultimate care to protect the cork tree. For most trees, bark is an essential protection from the elements and predation - if you remove the bark, you kill the tree. However, on cork trees, the bark is secondary growth and can be removed without harming the tree.
First, the bark is carefully removed from the tree. This is done by hand by experienced workers. Workers use a specialized cork axe or machete to meticulously pull the bark away from the trunk of the tree. This often requires multiple people to execute properly.
Fortunately, the bark removal process actually helps the cork tree regenerate and does not harm the tree at all.
LAFLORE CORK HANDBAGS
Laflore Paris only sources cork from sustainable harvesters that ensure the prolonged protection of cork trees. We work with reputable suppliers in Portugal who are aligned with our eco-friendly practices.
Portugal is deeply concerned with protecting their cork oak forests. For example, in Portugal, it’s illegal to cut down cork trees unless it’s under special circumstances for forest management reasons.
Once we receive the cork material from our supplier, skilled artisans familiar with special textiles craft our purses and accessories. Every single bag is handmade, we don’t use large machines or mass produce products. For more information about how our production process is in line with our eco-friendly values, read our Eco-Friendly Promise.
Our cork fabric is 100% vegan, cruelty free, flexible, durable, waterproof, and sourced ethically. Try it out for yourself!