Cork is big these days. You see it everywhere – from shoe soles and umbrellas to furniture and shelters. And now you have the Corked Backpacks ($50), some unique bags infused all over with this ecological material.
Crafted with recycled, high-quality cork fabric for the bottom, handle and other details, these backpacks are handmade, each one showing a unique grain pattern. The material ( called “nature’s leather” – for it’s texture and feel ) is durable and strong, while also being elastic, impermeable and extremely lightweight. In addition, the Corked Backpacks feature double stitching and double layering for improved endurance.
Oh, and if you worry about the trees getting hurt in the process, relax – the cork is harvested ( in Portugal ) once every nine years, allowing the tree to thrive for over 150 years. It doesn’t get more more natural and environmental-friendly than this.