If you thought cork products were only for wine stoppers and flooring material, think again. Two entrepreneurial women have brought a stunning line of must-have travel essentials made from cork to the U.S. market and that’s just the beginning.
Friends Amanda Dailey and Julie Araujo were inspired by the diversity of cork products available during a trip to Lisbon, Portugal. And although Julie, who often visits family in Portugal, was familiar with cork, Amanda was so intrigued by the many beautiful cork items that she felt compelled to bring awareness of these products to the United States market. So after being inspired by their trip and doing more research, they eventually opened their retail store, Queork in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Natural Renewable Product Reduces Greenhouse Gases
Cork is the natural product from the outer bark of cork oak trees with about half of the world’s supply coming from Portugal where the trees have been protected by Portuguese law for centuries. Considered to be the country’s national tree, the bark is harvested once every 9 years from trees which are a minimum of 25 years old.
After harvesting, cork re-generates and absorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide in the process, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition cork is stain, water and mildew resistant, compressible, expandable and heat resistant. Cork fabric is made from the same cork that the familiar wine bottle stoppers are made from.
Made in the United States
Amanda and Julie are committed to creating quality products, designed and made in the United States. Their team includes both experienced and novice employees interested in crafting beautiful sustainable products to be appreciated and enjoyed for years to come. We have selected 5 of the must-have travel essentials made from cork and proudly made by the team at Queork:
This stylish cork passport wallet has two card size wallet sleeves and one large on the right side opposite a pocket that can hold your passport. Beautiful quality and workmanship. Comes in several colors. $49.00. Buy now.
Cork Toiletry Pouch
These toiletry pouches hold all the essentials! Lightweight with a 100% cotton interior lining and zipper top. Available in three sizes in a variety of colors and patterns. $39.00 - $69.00. Buy now.
Flapper Cork Convertible Shoulder/Handbag
This best selling handbag is versatile enough for travel or everyday use! Can be folded into a handbag/clutch or opened for a full-sized shoulder bag. Lots of room for all your travel and personal items. Detachable long cross-body strap with zipper top. Available in a variety of colors. These bags sell out quickly! $159.00. Buy now.
A perfect size for travel touch-ups! This compact mirror measures approximately 2.5" in diameter and has a natural cork cover. Available in different colors. $19.00. Buy now.
Make a travel fashion statement with these fabulous cork sunglasses! Top quality polarized sunglasses are made using walnut backing with cork on top. Available in Natural or Brown colored cork in two styles. Comes with a collapsible cork case for easy storage. $119.00. Buy now.
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