WOOD BELT MATERIALS
Wood is a porous and fibrous structural tissue found in the stems and roots of trees and other woody plants. It is an organic material – a natural composite of cellulose fibers that are strong in tension and embedded in a matrix of lignin that resists compression. In a living tree it performs a support function, enabling woody plants to grow large or to stand up by themselves. It also conveys water and nutrients between the leaves, other growing tissues, and the roots.
Wood has been used for thousands of years for fuel, as a construction material, for making tools and weapons, furniture and paper.
The growing stock of forests worldwide was about 450 billion cubic meters. As an abundant, carbon-neutral renewable resource, woody materials have been of intense interest as a source of renewable energy.
Our buckles are made entirely of wood and without any iron or metal. We use local wood.
As nature lovers, cork fabric is a natural choice for us. The raw material is obtained from the bark of Portuguese cork trees. It takes approximately 5 decades to grow a mature cork oak tree that has high quality bark. Then, depending on climate conditions, the tree can be stripped every 7-10 years. It is important to highlight that cork bark harvesting causes no harm to the tree and is actually a beneficial process. A stripped cork tree absorbs, on average, five times more CO2. The cork bark obtained from the trees is disinfected and used to produce cork blocks. To obtain soft and flexible yet durable cork fabric, extremely thin layers are sliced from blocks and used to create high quality textiles.
Cork is a premium natural material and cork products are 100% animal free and bear the PETA-approved vegan certification. Cork fabric does not contain any heavy metals or their compounds, organic solvents, mineral fibres or formaldehyde. In order to achieve higher product characteristics additional synthetic materials are applied, yet none of them could cause harm to the environment or health
Nice look and feel, robust material, grown in sustainably maintained protected areas and biodegradable are main advantages of cork.
Circular economy is based on three principles: design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use and regenerate natural systems.
Renewable resources and the reuse of resources already in circulation will be fine, as long as they can be produced or recovered in sustainable ways. In fact, this is precisely what the future looks like: using what we can grow and recover to make the products we use to live, keeping things for a long time, repairing them when we need to, passing them on for someone else to use when we no longer can or want to and, eventually, taking the product back and recovering the materials it’s made from and giving these a second, third, fourth, fiftieth life. Materials must go round in circles; as little as possible must go to waste. Many reasons demonstrate why leather is a perfect fit for the move towards a circular economy.
Leather is a fabric that has been used by humans to make clothes and accessories, long before the fashion industry as we know it appeared. It has been in all eras, by pretty much every culture and they knew why they were choosing it. Leather material has some advantages: naturalness, eco-friendly, style, timelessness, strength, flexibility and durability.
The leather parts of Wood Belt belts do not contain pentachlorophenol, formaldehydes, hexavalent chromium or other harmful substances. The leather is tanned and finished in Italy without the use of toxic chemicals. The leather is not made from the hides of species listed as threatened or protected under the Washington Convention.