Why cork can seal more than bottles
We usually associate cork with a bottle cap - hard and porous. But this completely natural raw material has many unique properties that give it an incomparable character. Cork is light, impermeable to liquids and gases, elastic and compressible, heat and sound insulating, flame retardant and very abrasion resistant. Cork is also a resource-saving alternative to leather. The constantly renewable raw material is peeled from the bark of the cork oak without felling it.
Where do cork oaks grow?
Portugal has the world's largest area of cork oak forests and allows for a short supply chain within Europe. Cork harvesting has an old tradition in Portugal and all the major cork companies are still family businesses today. The forests are under strict control and are managed sustainably to enable a continuous ecosystem.
How is cork obtained??
After harvesting the bark of the cork oak, this recyclable natural product is dried for a total of six months, then cooked and subjected to heat and pressure treatment. After this process, cork decomposes into a leather-like fabric and is attached to a cotton backing. The entire process takes place without chemicals.
What is cork leather used for??
Cork leather is not yet known to many people, but its potential is slowly being recognized internationally. The vegan fashion industry in particular, which is always on the lookout for leather alternatives, has already discovered the benefits of cork for itself.
For the first time, the Stuttgart-based label FollowPaw used cork leather and its outstanding properties for dog collars and dog leashes for dogs. In addition to the innovative material, the two founders Christian and Thomas have integrated a holder for Apple AirTags into the design of the cork collars. This means that your four-legged friend is not only environmentally conscious, but also safe on the go!