So you have made the decision that you want to find a vegan handbag to replace the one you’ve been carrying. Luckily, as “veganism” is becoming more popular, so are vegan alternatives to traditional materials (like leather) used in the handbag industry. That said, you may want to think twice about the material your bag is made from.
Unlike cork handbags, most leather alternatives are made from plastics. It’s no wonder since they’re extremely cheap to make, are relatively durable and can be made into any color under the sun. However, these plastics and harmful chemicals need 500-100 years to degrade and pose a huge threat to both our oceans and to our food chain.
The production of these plastics to make vegan goods is extremely dangerous as it releases toxins in the form of dioxins into the environment. These toxins are found to cause cancers, other serious health problems, and harm the environment significantly.
That said, when you’re making the choice to choose a cruelty-free item, we believe that you should consider choosing something that doesn’t harm the environment as well.
So if you’re looking for an eco-friendly & cruelty-free bag, what’s your best option?
That’s where cork comes in.
Cork leather is a 100% sustainable and eco-friendly material that comes from the bark of the cork oak tree. Contrary to popular believe, harvesting the bark is actually helpful for the trees, allowing them to grow faster and live longer.
Cork is 100% vegan and is even more durable than leather when it comes to textiles. Cork not only gives our cork bags a unique look, but it makes them super soft, ultra-lightweight, waterproof and stain resistant. Talk about an amazing leather alternative.
What’s even better is that there are no harmful chemicals used in the production of our cork purses and accessories. All of the colors are made with vegetable dyes, and our vegan glues are plant-based.