Besides the vegan wallets Push and classic made of artificial leather, we offer you the push and peak model made of the vegan and nature-friendly material cork.
Good, better, cork
Cork is the perfect substitute for leather in every respect and a true all-rounder. its possible uses are almost unlimited. cork is the all-rounder from the area of fashion and accessories to the world of wine, as a floor covering in our homes and in construction through to insulation against noise, heat and cold. and it is also one of the most sustainable, natural and environmentally friendly raw materials.
Sustainable: For cork production, only the bark of the cork oak is used, which always grows back. this means that neither an animal has to die nor a tree has to be cut down. a single tree can yield 100 to 200 kg of cork during its 200-year lifespan.
Natural and sustainable: Cork is one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable resources. cork oaks store up to 30% more co2 than other trees. the cork trees in portugal alone absorb 5% of the country's co2 emissions. worldwide, 14 million tons of co2 are bound by cork oak forests.
Species Protection: Cork oak forests promote biodiversity and provide a home for the spanish imperial eagle, the endangered iberian lynx, the barbary deer and all plant species.
Lightweight and pleasant to the touch: Cork is lighter than leather or faux leather, making it perfect for our mini wallets. The material is smooth, soft and warm. Thanks to the pleasant feel, you won't want to put the cork wallet down.
Waterproof and robust: Contrary to popular belief that cork is brittle and tears easily, it is extremely durable and robust. cork is also fireproof and resistant to dust, dirt and grease.
Perfect for allergy sufferers: Cork is antistatic and therefore does not bind dust. this makes cork products perfect for allergy sufferers. house mites and other small particles cannot settle.
The cork wallet does not wear out quickly or become brittle?
The material plays a crucial role, especially for wallets that are used daily and in which important cards and money have to be stored.
Cork offers the best protection and is extremely durable. cork is perfect for wallets. not only is it waterproof, it is also fireproof!
In contrast to real leather, which requires regular care to avoid becoming brittle, cork is very easy to care for.
You just have to clean it from time to time with a damp cloth. neither shape nor color are affected.
Our cork supplier: the expert for sustainable and high-quality cork
When selecting our cork supplier, we paid particular attention to sustainable and fair cork production. it is also important that the cork is of the highest quality, as this is the basis for a long-lasting wallet.
Conscious treatment of nature and the environment
With over 150 years of experience, jelinek cork group (jcg) from portugal is one of the oldest cork companies in the world and more than met our requirements. The company's mission is to work towards preserving cork as an ecological and environmentally friendly renewable resource. The range of cork products is made exclusively from trees that live on.
JCG has already been involved in numerous environmental initiatives. Among other things, the Bag-a-Cork campaign promoted the collection and recycling of used cork bottle caps. These initiatives all have the same goal: no pollution, no waste of raw materials and, if possible, recycling. The company also supports the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) eco-rating system initiatives.
Best quality from the iberian peninsula
JCG works with carefully selected cork raw materials from the forests of the Iberian Peninsula in areas of Spain and Portugal. The healthiest and most beautiful cork trees grow there. The cork experts carefully sort the harvested cork oak bark and select only the best cork bark that meets the specific requirements.
Quality control begins with the inspection of cork raw materials, which is carried out at various stages of production, and ends with the inspection of the finished goods before shipment. the quality of services, communication and logistics are always checked.
Everything about the cork oak
The natural distribution area of the cork oak extends from the iberian peninsula to parts of italy and north africa. the cork oak is particularly important for portugal, which is why it is the symbol of many city coats of arms and was the minting of the portuguese 2 euro coin in 2007.
But cork oak forests are not only of great importance for the economy. also for biodiversity and the environment. the numerous forests provide a habitat for leopard lynxes, imperial eagles, barbary deer and all plant species. as already mentioned, cork oaks store up to 30% more co2 than other trees. the cork trees in portugal alone absorb 5% of the country's co2 emissions.
The cork oak grows as an evergreen tree that reaches an average height of 10 to 20 meters or in rare cases up to 25 meters. from the age of 25, the bark of the cork oak can be harvested once every 9 years. a regularly peeled tree lives for 200 years and can produce up to 200 kg of cork over its lifetime. the first crop is called "male cork" and is less elastic and brittle. it is mainly used for insulation. only the following harvests provide the high-quality “female cork” that is also used for ours Cork Wallet is used. In total, a cork oak tree can be peeled 5 to 10 times.
You can find out more about sustainability in our blog post 5 questions for sustainable gifts for those who want to.