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As Portuguesas Cork and Rubber Flip Flops
AS PORTUGUESAS are a new footwear concept which doesn’t leave the Planet’s sustainability barefoot. We are proud to be the world’s first cork flip-flops brand, using a 100% natural raw material that is born from a tree and is retrieved every nine years, without the tree ever being cut.
Cork is the bark of the Quercus Suber L., Portugal’s National Tree. It is a 100% natural plant-based tissue, shaped like a beehive of microscopic cells, filled with an air-like gas. Portugal owns a third of the global cork oak forests, being the largest producer in the world. Per year, it transforms 50% of global cork production, about 100 thousand tons. Although they already occupy 23% of the country’s forest area, important reforestation measures have been developed, generating an annual growth of around 4%.
The blend of rubber and 100% natural cork used in soles, makes AS PORTUGUESAS footwear unique, and its finishes in natural felt and rubber guarantee that your feet will be covered with nature’s finest materials.
- SURPRISINGLY LIGHT
- SMOOTH TOUCH
- IDEAL INSULATOR
- NATURAL, VERSATILE AND SUSTAINABLE
NEGATIVE CARBON FOOTPRINT
Cork is a natural CO2retainer, capturing 740 times its weight from the atmosphere. And since the entire AS PORTUGUESAS manufacturing process produces minimal emissions, our CO2 balance is negative, leaving the atmosphere cleaner.
ZERO TREES CUT
The cork oak is the only tree whose bark is self-regenerating. This allows for it be extracted every 9 years. Thanks to this unique feature, cork can be harvested without damaging the cork oak, allowing it to live on average up to 200 years.
In every collection we launch, we ensure that our displays, packaging and promotional materials are sustainable. Whenever possible, we use recycled or recyclable materials, with as little ink as possible.