Published by PETA.

You may already know that there’s nothing animal- or eco-friendly about leather made from animal skins. Buying leather bags, belts, jackets, or wallets means subjecting cows, dogs, and other animals to the horrors of farms and slaughterhouses. And just like fur, leather is loaded with toxic chemicals to keep it from decomposing in the buyer’s closet.

Enter cork, a sustainable, stylish, and animal-friendly solution. Cork fabric is made from the outer bark of cork oak trees, which naturally grows back, so cork products are as kind to the planet as they are chic.

More and more fashion brands are using this soft, durable, and water-resistant material to create purses, phone and computer cases, travel bags, jewelry, and more.

Want to support these kind companies? Updating your wardrobe with animal-friendly accessories couldn’t be easier. Check out these beautiful ways to rock cork this summer:

1. Simma Tote by Svala

This innovative brand makes handbags and accessories from innovative materials like cork, pineapple leaf fibers, and recycled polyester.

2. Cork Shoes by Sydney Brown 

Vegan shoe brand Sydney Brown just released a new line of cork shoes (super chic for both men and women). Look at how gorgeous they are:

3. De Luxe Tote by Corkiza

Based in New Delhi, Corkiza is an accessory specialist that carries fashionable cork-based totes, crossbody bags, handbags, and wallets.

4. Bucket Bag by Jentil

Jentil is a British company that focuses on simple unisex designs, featuring purses, wallets, laptop cases, and this bag, crafted from high-quality Portuguese cork.

5. Gem Lounge Cork Bracelets

So many varieties, so little time!

6. Women’s Tote Bag by Corkor

This “PETA-Approved Vegan” company offers gorgeous designs for men and women, solving the age-old problem of how to carry all your things.

7. Cork Baseball Cap by Rok Cork

Rok Cork’s site has a vegan pulldown menu, so you don’t have to wonder which items are vegan.

8. Cork Tie by FeelWood Bags

Boasting the first entirely handmade wooden bags collection in Greece, FeelWood also offers an array of wooden and cork ties as well as other accessories.

9. Milan Striped Clutch by Ekokami

This lightweight accessory comes in four varieties, and all of them are 100 percent vegan.

10. Apron by Pelcor

This unisex apron, which makes cooking look so good, is just one of many stylish cork items by this Portuguese brand.

11. Bella Cork Clutch by Elaine Turner

We also love Elaine’s vegan Cork Chain Wrap Bracelet.

12. Light Cork Bag by Angeliki

Handmade in Greece, this clever bag can be carried in three ways: as a backpack or a crossbody bag or slung over your shoulder.

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