Where it all starts – the cork forest
For our business bags and accessories of Bag Affair we mostly use cork textile. The origin of this wonderful material is purely agricultural. Even though we use cork since a couple of years now in our collections, we still marvel at the sustainability of bags from trees that are never cut. The natural properties of softness, water resistance and flexibility is unmatched to any other textiles or leather to use in our laptop bags.
Here are a few interesting information about cork forestation:
The cork oak and forests are one of the richest ecosystems worldwide.
You find the cork tree all around the Mediterranean and in Portugal the highest concentration worldwide of 34% which is around 736 thousand hectares. These forests are called “montado” in Portuguese.
This unique ecosystem can only be found around the Mediterranean for climate reasons. The cork trees low altitude (max 500 meters over the sea) with a warm and humid climate.
In Europe you find in total 1.44 million hectares of cork forest mostly in Portugal and Spain but as well in France and Italy. Around 0.70 hectares can be found in northern Africa as Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.
In Portugal you find the cork forest mainly in the southern part from Lisbon. Four regions are known for cork trees: Alentejo Central, Alentejo Litoral, Alto Alentejo and Lezíria do Tejo – these areas together count around of 96% of the Portuguese montado.
And one more thing: Portuguese cork forests are FSC certified (Forest Stewardship Council or FSC). This means that the forest undergoes the certification program of planting or cutting trees to assure the perfect harmony for the ecosystem.
All information received from Apcor, the Portuguese national cork association. www.apcor.pt