The cork oak, which could be 200 to 400 years old, is, starting from its 25 th year of age, peeled by hand every 10 years averagely. 100 kg of cork bark could be produced by one tree per harvest. The essential thing is that the tree is not damaged during this peeling process, because the cork oak is the only tree worldwide that can be peeled without dying.
Immediately after harvesting, the peeled cork bark is stored outdoors for several months to dry and properly ventilate. Then, after storage, the damping occurs initially, so that the cork bark reduces its natural curvature. The bark is then boiled so as to eliminate any residual natural pollutants or harmful substances. The cork bark gains its unique elasticity particularly in these damping and cooking processes.
From the middle and particularly valuable layer of the cork bark, the high-quality cork skin, our high-quality bags and backpacks are now being produced. In this cork layer, we also speak of the so-called cork leather, since it can be processed in the same way as for example animal leather. The difference is, OF COURSE, that no animals are harmed for our cork products. On the contrary! The processing of the high-quality cork material while at the same time taking into consideration animal and nature is absolutely essential to our business idea. Thus, the protected and re-growing cork oak forests of Portugal accommodate many unique and endangered animal species and thousands of different plant species.
In addition, cork has innumerable other positive properties: so cork is, for example, resistant to dirt and water, cool and sound-proof, easy-care, anti-allergenic, wear-resistant, elastic, and extremely durable.
Cork is a natural raw material whose using and production does NOT affect the processes in the ecosystem, even contributes to important ecological performance. A careful management and an appropriate appreciation of the services provided by the cork oak forests are decisive for the sustainability of the advantages they offer to our society.