Is cork sustainable?

Peace of mind

Before launching BENT&BREE we researched if cork was in fact sustainable.

During our trip to Portugal we met with APCOR, the Portuguese Association of Cork. APCOR is a reputable organization carrying out constant research in the Portuguese cork industry.

Helena, CEO enjoying the aroma of freshly harvested cork barks

Certainly, we were happy to learn that not only was cork one of the most sustainable materials in the world but also there wasn’t a shortage of it.

Here are some facts about cork :

  • Cork is a 100% natural raw material
  • Only the bark is extracted from the cork oak tree by experienced workers without harming the tree.
  • The bark will regenerate after approximately 9 years.
  • Extracting the bark from part of the tree contributes to the health of the tree
  • Portugal’s produces more than 50% of the world’s cork

Most cork is used for cork stoppers that can be recycled by shredding, resulting in granules that can be used in the making of shoes and fishing accessories.

If you’re a wine drinker, always look for cork stopper drop off locations. A great website for this is, whose mission is “inspiring positive environmental change using recycled cork”.

Cork extraction by experienced workers

Cork is not just for cork stoppers

We use cork to make handbags, jewelry and home accessories. We use the best cork to make our handbags and the agglomerated cork to make our sustainable home collection. This collection consists of cork ice buckets, placemats, wine chillers, etc. We are happy to be partnering with hotels and restaurants that are focused on sustainability.

Environmental commitment

  • Cork is a natural sustainable material
  • Our dyes are non-toxic, and water based
  • Cork is durable and our designs are season-less and made to last
  • We always try to ship carbon neutral when possible
  • No animal by-products

cork trees montado
cork trees montado alentejo

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