99.99% percent of the shoes, bags, belts, wallets or other similar goods are made of either of these two materials: animal leather or PVC leather.
Animal leather: pain, suffering, killing of abused animals and baby animals
Faux leather is known as vegan leather because the material used is never from animal skins but although this is a huge benefit for animal activists, the manufacture of synthetic leather is not beneficial to the environment or humans due to the toxins in the plastics used to make them.
The better alternative to both of these: Vegan Natural Leather made from natural cork.
Naturally treated, cruelty free, this high quality material is durable, safe, environmentally friendly and sustainable.
No trees are sacrificed for producing this material, the cork bark is sustainably harvested from the trees to allow regeneration and growth.
It stands out thanks to its high-durability and a unique look. Being waterproof, stain resistant, and easy to maintain, it is a perfect alternative to animal leather and a much preferred alternative to the toxic PVC leather.
At SmarterWomen we carry jewelry and accessories made from this promising eco material because we care not only about the animals, the world (did you know that fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world after the oil industry?) but also about what we surround ourselves with.
For a clean, balanced and toxic free life we need clean, balanced, sustainable solutions.
Imported from Portugal, these handmade cork bracelets are not only uniquely beautiful but also carry a statement of human decency and appreciation for the world we live in.
Due to the natural process of manufacturing, each bracelet is unique.
The style is timeless and blends in with any fashion choices you have: smart, casual, edgy, chic, artsy, sophisticated.
The charms of each bracelet is made from enameled ceramic and each carries a unique pattern given by the touch of fire and mineral pigments blending together.