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  • is cork sustainable?

    Is cork sustainable?

    Freeimages.com © Rainer Schmied More and more often we find a wine bottle on the shelf that does not have a cork stopper as we are used to. Is sustainability the reason why the wine industry switched to metal closures with purpose to protect the cork oaks? Not quite, because you don't have to fell [...] More
  • Sustainable clothing – What is slow fashion?

    Unsplash.com © Edward Howell Your wardrobe is overflowing with clothes you’ve never worn, and the next pieces are already tempting in the mid-season sale. A lifestyle like this is neither good for the environment nor for the people who are involved in the production of so-called “fast fashion”. Cheap work abroad and production methods that …

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  • cork insoles

    Why cork insoles?

    Freeimages.com © Sarah joos Cork is a versatile natural material, with wide spectrum of utilization. In shoes, the material's remarkable properties show themselves to the best advantage. What makes cork so special? It is: shock absorbing and softens impact by walking at hard surfaces, dissipating energy an naturally antibacterial product, which also prevents fungus to [...] More
  • wool

    Why Wool?

    Shutterstock.com © Katarzyna Mazurowska Facts & Figures   Wool has unique characteristic and possess very special properties which cannot be matched by other fibres. Due to complex protein structure wool fibre outstands with its resilience, elasticity and durability.  It has extraordinary abilities of humidity exchange, making it a perfect isolation medium. Especially thicker felted wool [...] More
  • felted boots

    Short excursus in history of felted boots

    Origin of felted boots The tradition of felting shoes from wool has it’s roots in Eurasia, but many associate it with Russia and it’s traditional boot called Valenki. Progenitor of Valenki was shoe of nomads, called Pima, whose history is going back over 1.5 thousand years. During the period of the Golden Horde, felt boots [...] More
  • What is felt

    What is felt and it’s origin?

    So what exactly is felt? Felt is a non-woven textile made of a disordered, difficult to separate fiber material. Unfortunately the term “felt” ist not protected exclusively for its initial meaning and roots, so it is also used for synthetic fibers. When you hold both pieces – synthetical and wool felt in the hand, you …

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  • vegetable tanned leather

    What are specifics of vegetable tanned leather?

    Each piece of vegetable tanned leather is unique. You cannot expect flawless homogeneous surface, even color distribution and same weather resistance you might know from products made from chrome tanned leather. The vegetable tanning process imparts typical natural characteristics, which makes each leather piece unique. There might be small marks from insect bites or scars [...] More
  • vegetable tanned leather

    Why vegetable tanned leather?

    What is the technology behind leather tanning? The leather making process is one of the oldest technologies and started to be developed with the meat consume. There are different methods of preparing animal hides and skins for future utilization as leather. Tanning is the process of treating animal skins to produce leather - a durable [...] More
  • wool

    What is wool?

    photodune.net © membio Term wool is often misused. Wool is a natural fibre produced by sheep, which grows in the same way as hair by humans. It became somehow an umbrella term for other natural fibres produced by other animals. In such context the term is often used for the following fibres: mohair – from [...] More

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