PelldArbre

Handmade cork accessories with a minimalistic design

Valencia, Spain

Announcement    Cork accessories. Designed, produced, photographed and managed by only one person.

Sustainability, Solidarity, Veganism, Transparency and Gender Neutrality are my bran's values.

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Last updated on Sep 7, 2021

Cork accessories. Designed, produced, photographed and managed by only one person.

Sustainability, Solidarity, Veganism, Transparency and Gender Neutrality are my bran's values.

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Ana Fialho

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About PelldArbre

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PELL D'ARBRE is a brand that takes sustainability into account in the following ways:

*Working with a very special material that comes from an industry with a positive impact > Cork is the bark of cork oak trees and its extraction is a very respectful and low impact process, since the tree does not have to be cut and the bark regenerates. Cork oak forests are habitats full of biodiversity. In addition, cork oaks are one of the most eco-efficient forest species, each tree absorbing 5 tons of CO2 per year. By investing in the cork industry we are helping to preserve these forests.

*Producing small quantities > As you may have noticed, products on the shop are sold out very quickly. The current stock for most of my products is of one or two units only. I consider myself a designer, but also an artisan. All products are handmade by me and are the result of my creative exception. That's why I don't make the same products from the same run, but I make one of each as I feel the need arises. Not having too much stock is important so as not to risk waste. On the other hand, the limited production format makes the products even more special, because there will only be 10 or 20 (depending on the product) units of each one in the world. This also makes the emotional bond with the object stronger and therefore less likely to end up in the trash.

*Producing the minimum of waste while making the most of the materials > I design and produce all my products in a way that reduces the waste up to a minimum. Cutting all the cork fabric pieces with a laser cutting machine allows me to make the most of material wile using all the spaces left by the bigger pieces, such as the bags and wallets, to make smaller pieces, such as the earrings.

*Using low-impact materials > Upcycling is a form of recycling that transforms materials that would be considered waste into products of higher value. To make Pell d'Arbre's products I sometimes use fabrics that have been discarded, mainly to make the linings of the bags. This is why many of the products are unique, because sometimes the materials are not enough to make more than one or two pieces. When it is not possible for me to recycle discarded fabrics I choose to use organic fabrics (such as organic cotton and organic linen) or very low impact natural fibers such as linen and hemp.

*Contributing to the circular, local and social economy > Keeping the supply chain as local as possible is very important to me. The cork fabric I buy to make the products comes from Portugal and all the other materials I buy as locally as possible, almost all from small Valencian businesses.
I like to develop partnerships with other artisans and designers in order to help one anther making our products visible and available. I also collaborate with non-profit organisations in Spain and Portugal by donating all the benefits generated with solidary products.

*Encouraging conscious consumption > The way our society consumes, or rather "hyper-consumes", is the real root of the problem. Even if all companies start working only with low-impact materials and more energy-efficient processes, if per capita consumption continues to rise as much as it has so far, life on the planet as we know it today is still doomed to end in a few decades. The best strategy you can use to be more sustainable is to be a conscious consumer. In order not to encourage impulse buying I don't do sales or instant promotions where customers have to rush to buy to get a discount.

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  • Ana Fialho

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    Hello, my name is Ana and I am the creator of Pell d'Arbre. I'm also the person who designs, produces, photographs, communicates, does customer service, etc. I am Portuguese, born and raised in Alentejo, a region of Portugal very rich in cork oaks.

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