Why Vegan Leather?
When animals are imprisoned, they experience many negative emotions. These emotions are stocking in their cells - including meat and skin. They know they are going to die suffer and can´t do nothing about it. Many of them are fed by antibiotics just to calm down, or their tongues are cut off so they can´t scream.
Actually, many times their organs are tore apart while they are still alive. Can you imagine how would you feel in their situation? All this negative energy goes into their meat and skin and then into people. That´s one of reason why there are so many people unhappy, aggressive or just sick.
Cork as a cruelty free alternative
Yes, leather is great material and is all around us in every day life. We experience all this killing and madness in every day life - touching it, smelling it, wearing it. Fortunately, the is alternative.
Additionally, cork fabric is very similar to leather. It is durable, long lasting and very light weight. But cork is all natural and no one had to be killed. Cork grows on trees.
Cork oak grows in China, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. It has very thick bark which is harvested about every 10 years. Taking it off doesn´t harm to the tree. Then, the bark is boiled and cut into tiny layers, which are glued on another fabric. We make sure there is used vegan glue.
As backing fabric, we use linen or cotton, and our PU backing is being replaced by RPET fabric - made of 100% recycled plastic bottles on some of our new products.
Finally, you can take care of cork by using a simply wipe the dust off with wet cloth. When it´s dirty or oily, use water, soap and paper towel.