Have you ever sewn with cork leather? Read on to find out more about this amazing eco-friendly textile!
I have thought a lot recently about sewing with eco-friendly fabrics and I will now only buy fabrics that are ethically manufactured. The materials I use to create my wardrobe will not have a negative impact on the environment or humans. Why?
What is cork leather?
Cork leather is a thin textile made of cork shavings.
- 100% natural
- Stain repellant
- Low maintenance
- Wear and tear resistant
Sounds good right? Products made from cork leather include handbags, belts, wallets and even jackets!
Where does cork leather come from?
This textile comes from the cork oak tree in the Mediterranean region and, amazingly, these trees live for up to 300 years. Cork is harvested from the bark of the trees once they reach around 25 years old. It doesn’t harm the tree at all, in fact, harvest actually encourages growth, meaning they are an extremely sustainable textile source. Workers harvest each tree every 7 to 10 years.
If you’re interested in the process of creating this ethical textile go and take a look at this informative blog post over at Offset Warehouse.
The production of this eco-friendly textile does not cause harm to humans, animals or plants which is a win for me!
I would absolutely use this as an alternative to animal leather and I’m keen to get my hands on some to create a purse or handbag. A jacket would be absolutely amazing, but I’m going to sew something small first to see what is it like to use.
It isn’t that easy to get hold of unless you’re a wholesaler, however it is possible to buy in smaller quantities from various Etsy sellers.
Will you be giving cork leather a try?
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