Today our bags are made of Polyurethane PU, a mixed synthetic material. We chose this material for its quality of imitation leather. We are working on other subjects in order to find the ideal material to offer you a perfectly ethical bag and the most eco-friendly possible.
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The future of Arsayo will pass through the cork
Our new collection is entirely made of natural cork from Portugal. We tell you more about this fascinating ecological material.
Cork is the bark of the cork oak, a noble tree with very special characteristics that grows in Mediterranean countries
The cork oak forests are located mainly in Portugal. The cork oak has a great capacity for regeneration. The lifespan of this tree varies between 150 and 200 years. Throughout its existence, it is debarked at least 16 times, every 9 years, knowing that the first debarking of the cork takes place when this one reaches the age of 25 years. However, this tree in its natural state can live up to 200 years.
This plant tissue harvested with great care has unique qualities, unequaled:
● impermeability to liquids and gases,
● thermal and acoustic insulation,
● elasticity and compressibility, lightness,
● 100% natural, recyclable and bio-degradable
The cork oak forests in Portugal are considered a national heritage, the cork oak is legally protected. It is forbidden by Portuguese law to cut and fell cork oaks.
The environmental impact of cork is exceptional since it is positive in terms of carbon fixation. An "exploited" cork oak (on which cork is harvested), thus renewing its bark naturally, absorbs 2.5 to 4 times more CO2 than an untapped tree.
It is estimated that the cork forest fixes up to 14 million tons of CO2 per year.
Portugal represents 35% of the world's cork production, it is an economic boom for these rural areas.
In addition, the landscapes of these forests are one of the best examples of the balance between the preservation of an ecosystem (endemic plants such as lavender, oregano, rosemary, mint, campanula ... and rare animals such as the Iberian lynx, the deer, the red partridge, the cuckoo jay, the circaete Jean-le-Blanc ...).
This tree is therefore an asset for the eco-system, and its touch is perfect for making the Arsayo bag. The new collection will be released in the spring, sign up for our newsletter to be informed of the release date! https://mailchi.mp/arsayo/newsletter