The term vegan was coined in 1944 by Donald Watson when he co-founded the Vegan Society in England, at first to mean “non-dairy vegetarian”. After a few years, The Society made clear that it rejected the use of animals for any purpose, not only as food.
“Compassionate living is about making connections between the way we live and the unnecessary industrial development and the destruction of the planet. It involves promoting lifestyles that are possible for all the world’s people, sustainable within the resources of the planet, environmentally friendly and free of all exploitation of animals and of people.” Cork, which Cork by Design likes to call “nature’s leather” is the perfect example of the definition of Vegan. It is sustainable within the resources of the planet as it comes from the Cork Oak Tree. The bark can be harvested once every 9 years and it will regrow without killing the Tree. The Cork tree can have a life between 250 and 500 years. Cork is free of all exploitation of animals and people. Why people? Because the cork industry in Portugal where 60% of all the cork that exists today worldwide, still gives employment to the skilled workers that have been working the Cork Oak tree forests for centuries. When you decide to buy a vegan cork handbag or a vegan cork wallet from Cork by Design, you contribute to stop the exploitation of animals. The creation of a cork fashion accessory involves an organic living plant (cork Oak Tree) as well as a professional artisanal skilled worker that is an expert in working the cork fabric. Not only cork is vegan and eco-friendly, but it’s also a beautiful material, modern-looking, surprisingly soft to the touch, strong, durable, water repellent, hypoallergenic, and fire retardant. Being also lightweight cork accessories are the perfect fit for travel.