Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cliff Belts

I'm in the market for a new belt - and I've been having a bit of trouble making a decision. Pictured above is another example from Cliff Belts (previously featured the PeaceBOMB model) - which is interestingly enough made from cork. I wasn't too sure how that would work out, but as you can imagine, Cliff has received this level of uncertainty about buying a cork belt before. To help  ease the apprehension of buying a product made of cork - Cliff offered the following information:

Cork is environmentally preferable to leather as it comes from a lower carbon impact source (tree bark) and does not use animal products in its manufacture (a vegan product). The environmental concerns associated with leather include the energy and carbon intensity of generating animal products and the chemicals used in the leather tanning process that can be damaging to human health and the environment. Cork is a naturally beautiful and greener alternative to leather.
To make CLIFF belts, layers of cork are laminated to fabric, creating a durable, lightweight and supple material. Each belt is handmade and individually crafted.How does it wear? Our cork wears beautifully over time, distressing much like leather but without the weight - it can even be machine washed at 30˚C. Due to the unique nature of the material, our belts fit very comfortably and cast a thinner silhouette than most leather belts.

If that was enough to do the trick for you - you can purchase one of their cork belts here.