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Treebag About us

Who we are

Based in New York, The Tree Bag Company offers a collection of bags made from sustainable materials.

The owner behind the brand name, Romanthi Wijesinha, is a former model and beauty queen. She is Sri Lankan and British. She has travelled the world modelling for various designers and entered the Miss World Pageant in 2007 in Sanya, China. She also has an MBA from the University of Wales.

“I was tired of carrying handbags that were made from animal leather. I didn’t feel right carrying something that is made from an animal. We should not exploit animals for fashion”

She has always believed in ethical brands that don’t use animal products. For this reason she wanted to create a brand that is not only made ethically but is eco-friendly, fashionable, durable and adds value to the world through sustainability.

Our materials

The bags are made from cork, a sustainable material. Keeping the environment in our core values and beliefs, we take responsibility in sourcing the highest quality materials and ensuring the highest standards are met with regard to sustainability and the impact it has on the environment. The bags are eco-friendly, lightweight, strong and hypoallergenic.

Cork advantages include:

100% vegan/ Natural material/ Half of the weight of animal leather/ Extremely strong/Highly durable/ No PVC/ Non-toxic chemicals/ Hypoallergenic/ Impermeable to liquids and gasses/Fire retardant/Water resistant.

The harvesting of the cork oak tree

Approximately every ten years the outer layer of the bark of the cork oak tree is stripped off. Cork is harvested on a sustainable basis and the stripping of the bark does not harm the tree. The tree then goes through the process of forming new layers of cork and restoring its protective barrier. A cork oak tree can be safely harvested up to 20 times during its life cycle. No tree is cut down for this process. The agriculturalists who harvest cork are highly skilled in the art of cutting off the bark without damaging the cambium layer of the trunk of the tree. Generations of families harvest the same tree in the same location since one tree can live up to 300 years. This is also a vital source of income to thousands of family farmers.

Cork properties and its worldwide use

The bark of the cork oak tree has a unique honeycomb structure, which makes cork water proof and airtight. Due to this unique structure, the properties of the cork oak tree make it suitable for its worldwide use. For example, it is very light, fireproof and resistant to abrasion. It is flexible and impermeable to liquids and gasses. It is also hypoallergenic. Cork oak landscapes play a key role in ecological processes such as soil conservation and water retention. These landscapes absorb carbon monoxide reducing harmful greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. A harvested cork oak tree absorbs up to five times more carbon monoxide than non-harvested trees.

Giving back to nature

With the constant threat of global warming, we need to ensure a healthier life for our future generation. For this reason, we plant a tree for every product sold.

 

EACH OF OUR BAGS ARE MADE WITH LOVE AND EXTREME CARE. WE HOPE YOU ENJOY WEARING IT.