OUR MATERIALS

CORK

Cork is the bark harvested from the Cork Oak tree. Today more than half of the worlds cork raw material comes from Portugal. When the Cork Oak has reached 20 years of age, the bark is stripped from the tree and that tree is then marked with a number so that it will not be harvested again for nine years. This keep the cork trees in good health and producing good quality cork. 


Every tree is therefore a source of renewed and sustainable raw material. The cork bark regrows and the cork is cut from the same trees time and time again. This goes on for generation after generation for some 200 years. As the cork tree continues to mature and go through harvest, the tree is able to absorb more carbon dioxide to support its bark regeneration. As a result, the harvested trees will filter more carbon dioxide than those left untouched, resulting in cleaner air for everyone.

The planks of cork are boiled to soften them, and also to clean them. To avoid cross-contamination, the water is cleaned, filtered and replenished regularly, with volatiles being removed on a continuous basis.
There is no other material, either human-made or natural, with all the properties and characteristics that are unique to cork : light weight, rot resistant, compressible and recoverable, expandable, fire resistant in its natural state, impermeable, soft, and buoyant. It is extremely resistance to wear and very durable.


If you are committed to protecting animal life cork fabric is the natural and sustainable vegetable leather you’ve been looking for. It looks like leather, but it comes from a tree.

ORGANIC COTTON

Cotton has been used for 7000 years by humans for clothing. Today less than 1% of the worlds cotton production is organic.

Our cotton canvas is GOTS certified, a textile production certification that limits the use of toxic bleaches, dyes and other chemical inputs during the production process of textiles. There are no chemicals or fertilizers used in the cultivation process and the organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility and build biologically diverse agriculture. Because it is less processed and not treated with harsh chemicals (like chlorine bleach and formaldehyde) that can wear down fibers, organic cotton is often more durable than conventional cotton.

It also uses far less water to grow since organic cotton growers typically utilize rain far more than irrigation. On top of all that, organic cotton growers use beneficial insects to control unwanted pests instead of relying on harmful chemicals, thus encouraging biodiversity. It's a win-win for humanity and earth.

Further we print our textiles in a print house with EU Flower certification, which means they take great care to act as circular as possible. This means no toxic chemicals or dyes in the water and minimizing water waste and electricity, with the goal to be circular.

HEMP

Our Hemp Webbing is made from 100% all natural hemp. Hemp is naturally one of the most ecologically friendly fabrics and also the oldest having been cultivated for thousands of years. As a fabric, hemp provides all the warmth and softness of other natural textiles but with a superior durability seldom found in other materials.

Natural organic hemp fiber ‘breathes’ and is biodegradable. Hemp has a deep root system that helps to prevent soil erosion, removes toxins, provides a disease break, and aerates the soil to the benefit of future crops. In fact, hemp is one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics currently available. The plant is very naturally resistant to pests and growth requires little water. This means harsh chemical herbicides aren’t necessary. Amazingly it also returns 60-70% of the nutrients it takes from the soil.

Hemp fabric is made from the long strands of fibre that make up the stalk of the plant. These fibers are then spun together to produce a continuous thread that can be woven into a fabric.