We know cork leather for some years and we were impressed how this material could be an excellent alternative to animal leather. The starting point for the production of this textile is the natural cork obtained by stripping the cork oaks, every 9 years without cutting down the tree - you can find out more here.
The cork leather is then produced from laminated sheets of natural or very thin layers of agglomerated cork (usually 50-500mm thick) glued on fabric, textile support or paper. This cork application reveals the texture and ribbing of the natural cork, that you can feel when touched. They are produced in various patterns and due to its malleability and touch, it is used mainly in “leather” goods, fashion or stationery.
As with any raw material, there are numerous types of cork leather. These differences are mainly visible in terms of how cork is glued and in the types of materials used as a base. These differences impact the quality, durability and above all the naturalness of the cork leather.
After more than two years of testing and researching suppliers, we chose to use in SOBRI products the cork leather produced by one of the sector's leading companies, SEDACOR, The raw material developed in S. Paio de Oleiros guarantees a minimum use of glues, the base is made of organic cotton and its dyeing in black is made from water-based paints, without chemicals or products toxic to the environment.
We currently use this material in different thicknesses in accessories and in the brand details in our textile products, such as t-shirts, sweats and caps.