Cork is a pretty amazing material, and it isn't just for wine bottles or bulletin boards or hippie sandals, either. In fact, this natural and renewable resource also happens to make great insulation, to be an excellent flooring material, can be installed as countertops or made into furniture, or even used for swimsuits.
Cork oak forests are sustainably harvested, and actually serve to absorb up to five times as much CO2 as a similar, but untouched, tree. The forests, in places such as Portugal, Spain, southern France, Italy, and North Africa, are also critical habitat for endangered wildlife.
And now you can keep your cards, your cash, and your iPhone safe with this water resistant, durable material, thanks to the team at Subrr.
"Cork comes from the cork oak tree, Quercus suber, and can be harvested every 9-12 years by removing the outermost layer of bark called the cambium, making it an invaluable renewable resource. No harm is caused to the tree during the removal of bark, and the process can be sustained throughout the 200+ year lifetime of the tree."
In a world made ever more complex and complicated and fabricated, it's refreshing to see a minimalist design made with sustainable natural materials, at an affordable price, and that's what Subrr has done with their line of beautiful cork wallets and iPhone backs.
The upholstery-grade cork used by Subrr is light in weight, but rugged enough to stand up to daily use, while also being water resistant and flexible. The laser-cut wallets are available in two versions, and in two different patterns of cork, and are made to hold up to 10 cards and some cash.
Currently available for pre-order via their Kickstarter campaign, the 3rd Charm minimalist version goes for $15, the larger Cards + Cash version for $25, and an iPhone back for $12. And if you need any more incentive to back this sustainable brand, you should know that the company also plants a tree for every item sold, helping to regenerate forests and their ecosystems.