Cork Element

Cork Element is the result of the effort and the union of three young entrepreneurs who in late 2019 decided to create the brand. We are from different backgrounds with a common goal of helping to create a greener planet.

The brand's vision is to promote the Portuguese production of fashion accessories in cork, giving access to individuals worldwide to buy high quality cork products.

The brand's mission is to contribute to the protection of nature and animals. Buying sustainable products reduces the human ecological footprint, contributing to the reduction of CO2 in the atmosphere. Also, cork is a better and natural substitute for leather helping to reduce animal cruelty.

Cork Element was created following four main basic elements:
  • Handcrafted - our products are manufactured by local artisans;
  • Eco-friendly - our main material, cork, is a natural material;
  • Waterproof- cork has several great properties amongst which the most outstanding one being water resistant, which proves it’s a better alternative for leather;
  • Durable - cork is extremely strong and lasts long. 
The fashion world today is mostly based on the existence of "fast fashion". With mass production it is possible to simply discard products we don't want and replace them almost instantly with minimal impact on our wallets. Cork Element aims to promote sustainable fashionconsumption by promoting quality natural fashion accessories.

Our products have designs that mix elegance and minimalist style, mostly with earthy colors inspired by nature. Each Cork Element piece is an expression of good composition and Portuguese craftsmanship manufactured by artisans with the utmost care and love.

Cork material comes from the bark of the cork oak tree, Quercus suber. The process of harvesting the trees is a manual job where the workers carefully remove the cork with tools.  The bark of a cork oak tree is removed every 9 years helping the tree to grow and live longer. As the cork tree continues to mature and goes through the harvest process (stripping), the tree absorbs more carbon dioxide to support its bark regeneration.  As a result, the harvested trees will retain more carbon dioxide than those left untouched, providing cleaner air for everyone.

Cork is worldwide known for being used as wine bottles closure. Historically, natural cork closures appeared about 250 years ago displacing the oiled rags and wooden plugs. Cork has been used for different purposes by mankind since so many years. Recently, Cork skyrocketed in popularity as a forward-thinking fashion material, it is used mostly as fashion accessories like bags, purses, notebooks, shoes etc. 

The products by Cork Element are renewable, eco-friendly, water resistant and beautifully designed for the fashion-conscious individual. By wearing cork, you are helping to prevent the desertification of cork oak forests, which numerous endangered species call home. With your choice of fashion you get a better alternative for leather and save so many animal species. Make a sustainable choice and shop eco-friendly products.

Shipping Policy

The delivery time stated against each product provides an estimate of how long it will take to deliver an item in working days. We mostly comply with these estimates but on occasions, and due to circumstances outside of our control your product may be delayed. If this occurs then you can use your tracking code to find out where your product is. 

For an approximated idea of delivery times, read the details below: 

- Shipping to Portugal: 2-6 business days.

- Shipping to Europe: 3-7 business days.

- Shipping to the rest of the world: 5-8 business days.

Return Policy

No refunds will be given if you have simply changed your mind. We only replace items if they are defective or damaged. To have your item exchanged, an email should be sent to with the request. Please note that the email must be sent within a maximum of 14 days starting from the day you received our product.


Initially you will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item, however return shipping costs are refundable. Depending on where you live, the time it may take for return product to reach us, may vary. If you are shipping an item, you should consider using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance. We don’t guarantee that we will receive your returned item.

Once your return item is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your exchange request. If you are approved, then a new item will be send to your address and the shipping cost will be credit to your credit card or original method of payment, within a certain amount of days.

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