The Cork Boutique offers an array of designer eco-friendly products, made from 100% natural Cork, such as handbags, hats, jewellery, home decor items, lamps, umbrellas, and office and stationery products. Natural cork is yielded from the Cork Oak tree (Quercus suber L) and has been a protected species since the 12th century. Cork is the shell of the Cork Oak. A gracious tree with very special characteristics, it predominantly grows in Mediterranean regions, especially in Portugal. When a tree reaches 25 years of age, the Cork is skilfully removed by hand, in a harvesting ritual that is repeated every nine years whereby the trees are never cut nor damaged. This level of care and the emphasis on environmental values continues throughout the entire production process, from bark extraction to recycling the final Cork products. Its application in eco-design products highlights the importance of Cork in reducing the impact of man on nature. The knowledge and skills of The Cork Boutique’s artisans together with the high quality Cork material, allow for the company to create a collection of fashion accessories, gifts and designer objects, with a modern design that still favours the Portuguese tradition. Above all, these items are completely natural, recyclable, biodegradable and undoubtedly a 100% environmentally friendly product to the earth and its users. Save our planet, buy Green, buy Cork-made products from The Cork Boutique.