Tired of your leather wallet? Try cork!

On the way to ban all animal based items/clothing etc. you might stumble onto cork material.
I was sick of using shiny leather from animals. Leather imitation is also a no go because it kind of “promotes” everyone to continue using leather.

So I found this CORK based wallet from Natventure with some advantages:

  • Cork is a sustainable, resistable material 
  • Climate neutral delivery in a plastic free packaging
  • Partner of the organization “One Tree Planted” (Plants one tree for each sold product) – www.onetreeplanted.org  
  •  Partner of the “1% For The Planet” (Donates 1% of sales to environmental protection organizations) – www.onepercentfortheplanet.org 
 

is it any good?

 

For me it’s a match made in heaven. I was curious if the material will be resistant enough. Is there any downside? The portemonnaie in the pictures is mine and now about 3 years old. Decide for yourself but in my opinion any leather wallet will have at least some bursts on the surface. Even the sewing looks like I bought it yesterday. 
Of course, the edges look a bit worn. But thats about it.

It’s lighter, 100% vegan and just as durable as the leather versions. Also don’t worry about your money getting wet. It doesn’t happen. In addition, I was asked a lot about my cork wallet because of the way it looks. Sustainable fashion is also a thing…isn’t it? They are available in black and natural. Every piece has its own individual look given by the cork structure.

If you too want to make a statement against the leather industry (or a statement for yourself). Here you go! 

I haven’t tried other ones yet (maybe soon) but you gotta start somewhere right?

diving deeper

The cork is from Portugal cork oak. Also comes from Spain, Italy, Northern-Africa and France. The bark of a mature cork oak can be harvested every 10 years and makes the tree more durable and resistant. The trees are a renewable source will not be harmed with this method. One tree can bind triple the amount of CO2 compared to an unused oak.
The cork bark will then be processed into plates by glueing them together. The glue itself is mostly vegan out of starch (potatoe, corn, tapioca or maniok), cellulose-ether and -ester, rubber and resin.

Cork is recyclable and has a good CO2-balance.

The NABU (Nature Conservation Association) recommends using Cork.

the downside

  • Usually not a local product
  • Long shipping process that leads to higher CO2 emissions
  • Harvesting and planting of cork oaks requires a lot of know-how. If done wrong (there are some cases) it can harm the oak trees.
 
 
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TLDR

Cork wallets are sustainable, durable and not very expensive.

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