Handbags made of cork… I didn’t really know much about this material and it’s sustainability creds, so the good people at Shout Social were happy to fill me in on the stats…
These lovely handbags and accessories by emerging designer Jess Rizzuti are made in Europe from real wood cork sealed to a cotton backer with a water based glue. The reason cork is so sustainable is because it is made from the outer layer of the bark from Cork Oak Trees without the need to cut down the tree or harm the tree in any way. Cork tree’s live for around 200 years, and the bark sheds around every 9-10 years making the material very renewable without damaging it’s source.
Apart from being very cleverly designed and of course a wonderful addition to the slow fashion movement, these bags are justified eye candy, clearly making their mark in sustainable aesthetics on the New York Fashion Scene.
After running an ethical fashion label for 5 years, I started this blog in 2007 after learning first hand about the importance of sustainability in fashion design. I am a passionate environmentalist and wish to promote individuals and organisations around the world working on innovative design. I have a BA in Communications / Media as well as a Cert IV in Clothing Production, and run my own graphic design company at www.katiegannon.com