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Harvested Sustainably in Portugal

Ancient forests of cork oak (Quercus suber) in Portugal’s Alentejo region produce more than half of the world’s cork supply. The medium-sized evergreens live between 150 to 250 years. Trees can first be harvested for cork, which doesn’t harm the tree, at about 25 years of age. Subsequent harvests, after the bark has regrown, are made at nine to 12 year intervals; about 12 times in a tree’s lifetime.

CORK CARE: If your bag gets a little dirty from normal usage or sustains a scuff mark or stain, simply wipe (or scrub a bit, if stubborn!) with cloth or small brush with mild soap and water. That should do the trick!