• A quality hand-made product
• Very similar to leather in feel and wear
• From a renewable source (cork bark)
• 113 mm x 77 mm in size (approx. 4" x 3")
I have sourced a high quality metal zipper for this purse, it runs very smoothly and it has an antique copper finish to match the rich dark colour of the cork bark. The cork fabric was manufactured responsibly to treat the environment with care.
Credit cards can be easily slid in and out, and will not interfere with an Oyster card (or other RFID cards). Credit cards can also be used to partition loose change and paper notes also if you fancy keeping all three together.
Of course, these purses can be used to hold house keys, MP3 players, nuts, bolts, pebbles or in fact anything else small and valuable that you don’t want slipping through your fingers.
This product should express 'YOU'! If you fancy something different to what is shown, just drop me an email - I'm happy to customise it just the way you like it (within my abilities ;-) )
Please note: In the bottom picture, which shows three purses, Copperline sits at the top.
... a little bit about harvesting Cork
Not a single cork tree was cut down to make any of our products. The value of a cork tree is in its bark, not its wood, as the fine example below shows…
The Whistler Tree
• The World’s oldest (and biggest!) cork tree is the Whistler Tree.
• It was planted way back in 1783, has produced cork every nine years since 1820 (nearly 200 years), and is still going strong!
• In fact in 1991’s harvest it produced 1200kg (2645Ibs) of cork - that’s 100,000 corks to you and me.
The way cork is harvested is similar in a way to peeling a banana, and this process does not harm the tree.
The cork tree population worldwide absorbs ten million tons of carbon from the atmosphere every year, and so lowers our impact on the environment. Harvesting cork actually encourages the tree to absorb 5 times more carbon from the atmosphere than they would do otherwise.
Cork forests not only reduce our impact on the environment globally via the atmosphere, but also on a local level by providing and protecting the unique habitat that the forests provide. The WWF have stated that that cork forest play a “ valuable part in support one of the highest levels of biodiversity among forest habitats, as well as the highest diversity of plants found anywhere in the world”.
Just to name a few of its many great properties, it is very light, but durable and ages similarly to leather. Unlike leather it is waterproof, elastic and easy to condense, an excellent thermal insulator, fireproof, highly spot and scrape resistant. In addition to these amazing qualities cork is natural, recyclable and biodegradable, three essential qualities for a more eco-friendly lifestyle!