Sustainable accessories from cork against animal cruelty
Greener trend is an indicative brand creating cork accessories for women and which had been delivering its sustainable products globally. It’s a good idea as leather has always been and still is a staple in the fashion industry; with animal friendly lifestyles on a constant rise all over the world and, the increasing need for us to be eco-friendly, vegan leather is one fashion commodity we may want to investigate for our wardrobes.
We know that animal leather is one of the leading contributors to environmental pollution in the world as well as, having a substantial negative impact on the animal kingdom and, even the people who work in the factories where they made. But what is Vegan Leather?
We must have all heard about vegan leather at one point or the other, but do we know what vegan leather is? To help us out; Vegan leather is a kind of non-animal leather made as a replacement for animal leather. The main aim behind vegan leather is not to harm any animals while making them. Vegan leather is not just very animal-friendly but also very eco-friendly and are of two kinds:
Natural Vegan Leather is made from non-animal natural products, like mushroom leather and cork leather
Unnatural Vegan Leather: These are made mostly from beautiful products such as plastics. Examples are imitation leather, coframe, and leatherette. Even though unnatural vegan leather does not involve the killing of animals, it, however, does require the use of dangerous plastics and chemicals which are not only unhealthy for the environment but our skins as well. Chemicals such as dioxins have been known to cause irritations to humans such as skin rash and other conditions such as liver damage. They have also been known to be one of the leading triggers of cancer.
Unnatural vegan leather made from plastics, and as we know, plastics are one of the leading environmental threats that we face today. This reason is why even though unnatural vegan leather is animal-friendly, it should not be encouraged as it is far from eco-friendly.
Cork Leather is a form of natural vegan leather which is sustainable and, made from the bark of cork oak trees. This material is eco-friendly and durable as well as, being unique and of high durability.
It is also waterproof, resistant to stain and extremely easy to maintain; as a matter of fact, it is the perfect and the best replacement for animal leather. It is 100% free of chemicals and entirely plant-based. Cork is extracted only from early May to late August, when the cork can be separated from the tree without causing permanent damage. When the tree reaches 25–30 years of age and about 24 in (60 cm) in circumference, the cork can be removed for the first time.
Benefits of Having Vegan and Cork Products
Vegan products, especially cork products, have tremendous benefits on the environment and our health. These are a few of the benefits of opting to choose vegan leather
It Is Affordable. Vegan leather is by far more affordable than actual animal leather. Although it looks just as high and only as genuine as animal leather, the cost of it is not as cutthroat as that of animal leather. This means that you can afford to buy for yourself more than a few choice pieces as opposed to having to sacrifice when it comes to animal leather.
It Is Cruelty-Free: Vegan leather is 100% animal-friendly. This means that it is obtained without having to harm or put any animals through any form of pain. You are therefore free of all kind of guilt when enjoying this beautiful piece of leather.
It Is of Low Maintenance: Vegan leather is incredibly water resistant and stain resistant. Because of these qualities, they are easy to maintain and can even be used without fear of furnishing the home. Vegan leather also does not retain moisture, and as a result of this, it does not quickly become cracked or warped. This means that you can use your vegan leather piece without fear of the damage that moisture can cause it. Is that not just fantastic? It is also straightforward to clean; as a matter of fact, all you need to do is wipe it with a rag and some warm water, and you are good to go.
It Is Easy to Work With: Vegan leather is great to work with not just because it is soft, but it is in fact, more comfortable to cut and sew compared to animal leather. Also, you will find that with vegan leather, needle marks tend to be less noticeable and, threads tend to blend very easily with vegan leather. Because it is so easy to use and manipulate, it is ideal for a variety of projects. From clothes to furniture making.
It Is of a Consistent Color: Vegan leather, because it is humanmade, has consistent color throughout unlike animal leather which tends to have a more mottled look to it. This makes it easy to find various uniform shades and options that you may want to work with. You also have the opportunity of being able to dye your vegan leather in a variety of colors. This further goes to show just how flexible vegan leather is.
Benefits of Opting for Cork Leather
It Is Extremely Durable: Cork leather is a solid material. So strong in fact that NASA has been known to use it for the protection of rockets against high temperatures. That is just how strong they are.
It Is Super Light: Despite being extremely strong, cork leather is super light. 50% of its volume is in fact, just air. As a result of this, it is so bright; it can merely float.
It Is Elastic: Since it is made up of 50% volume, cork leather is very elastic, and this is one of the reasons it is much recommended.
It Is Insulating: Cork leather has a very low conductivity to heat, sound and vibrations and as such it acts as an insulator of sorts.
It Is Hypoallergenic: Cork leather is nonabsorbent. This means that it does not absorb dust and as a result of this, it is safe for people with allergies. Those with allergies and asthma can use it without fear.
It Is Tear Resistant: Yes, it is super durable and super reliable, and it is also super tear resistant. This goes to show just how durable this vegan leather is.
It Is Water Proof and Stain Resistant: As mentioned earlier, vegan leather is highly water resistant, and stain resistant and the cork leather is no exception.
It Is Slow Burning: Cork leather is slow to burn. This is because the original cork oak tree bark is also reluctant to heat.
Vegan leather has incredible benefits to the environment and, to us who use them, and therefore is it recommended that we begin to look into the use of vegan leather especially cork leather as a replacement for animal leather
Cork leather can only be known as the best possible leather to replace animal leather. Its benefits are not only environmental and humane, but they also outweigh the benefits of animal leather.
So, when next you are thinking of leather, why not opt for one that probably better and a fraction of the cost.
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