This Eco-Friendly Material is Scaring the Leather Industry

 photo by  Allen Nguyen

photo by Allen Nguyen

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As a lover of all things beachy, vegan, and sustainable, it's hard for me not to fall in love with any textile that speaks to my passion for preserving the earth.

Google recently announced that 2017 is the year of "vegan", and designers have taken notice. Sustainability is at the forefront of a new movement in fashion, and here at Modern Merfolk, we hope to perpetuate that message to the best of our abilities. 

When I heard about something called cork leather, I was pretty skeptical. 

Cork has been around for a while. It was a hit on the runway in the 1970's. Remember your parents' groovy psychedelic wedges...?

I have no desire to get back to those days, but the modern trends in comfort, economy, sustainability, and cruelty-free practices mean that the leather industry is getting a little worried about this type of textile.

While many types of "vegan leather" are simply processed forms of petroleum (and aren't exactly the most environmentally friendly in their production), cork is actually harvested from the Cork Oak Tree without harming the plant itself, and helps to prevent deforestation. 

Cork oak forests serve to protect and house several endangered species, and prevent many of these type of animals from facing extinction. 

Among its numerous benefits and uses in modern "minimalistic" interior design (natural water resistance, cushioning effect on joints, neutral palette), cork turns out to be really nice as a wallet or handbag.

I was perusing Instagram one day and stumbled upon Corature, a company making minimalist wallets, handbags, and wristlets with a nice coastal vibe. My latest wallet was a leather relic from my days obsessing over Fossil 10 years ago. I was in the market, and so I caved.

 photo by  Allen Nguyen

photo by Allen Nguyen

 photo by  Allen Nguyen

photo by Allen Nguyen

 photo by  Allen Nguyen

photo by Allen Nguyen

What I found was that their products 1) arrive super quickly 2) are ironically, easy on the wallet (pretty cheap compared to leather alternatives) 3) are super eye-catching (I've already gotten tons of compliments). 

To shop the look, either click on each photo, or use the affiliate link here: Shop Corature

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With love, 

Paige