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Cork shavings removed from the bark of the cork oak tree are transformed into ultra thin sheets to produce cork fabric. Cork fabric makes an ideal material for handbags because it is lightweight, soft, easy to clean, stain-resistant and waterproof.
Cork is a natural and sustainable material harvested from cork oak trees every nine years without harming or killing the trees. The bark of the trees naturally regenerates, making cork a renewable resource. Natalie Therése sources cork fabric from Portugal, the world's number one cork producer.
Eco-friendly faux leather is a smart choice for a leather alternative. Natalie Therése chooses faux leather for her collection that is made from degradable polyurethane and contains pigments and chemicals that comply with EPA standards. Polyurethane faux leather offers a greener alternative to both vinyl (PVC) and to animal leather. PVC is not degradable, leaches toxins in landfills and emits carcinogenic dioxins when incinerated. Animal leather production is a chemical-laden process.
Natalie Therése cork bags are lined with 100% Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton. The methods used to grow organic cotton have a low impact on the environment, and the materials used are free of toxic and synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Low-impact dyes and pigments are used in the printing process of these fabrics. Conventional chemical-intensive cotton production is detrimental to the air, water, and soil, as well as to the health of the people who live and work in the cotton-growing areas.