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What is Couro Ecológico?

Couro Ecológico, or "ecological leather," is handmade by Amazonian artisans overlaying the extract of the latex of the Brazilian rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis ) onto cotton. This cotton-latex overlay is sun-dried and transformed into a waterproof, durable material with similar texture and durability to animal leather. The artisans stitch it together to make purses and other "leather" goods which are sold locally and internationally. The income earned by selling the finished products is significantly higher than could be earned from selling the raw latex. Since the latex can be harvested without harming the trees, the Couro Ecológico business is sustainable over the long term.

Eco-friendly Gifts Support a Great Cause

Couro Ecológico's products are unique with their authentic Amazonian design and they're made out of sustainably harvested materials. These bags and purses are waterproof and durable, making them perfect for the environmentally conscious, artistic, or outdoor sport lovers. All proceeds from the sales of Couro Ecológico's products go to the artisans who produce the bags, and to Community Empowerment Network (CEN), which enable CEN to continue to mentor Couro Ecológico artisans as they build sustainable livelihoods that preserve their proud tradition. To know more about CEN's role and about Couro Ecológico itself read more.

For more information

Couro Ecológico brochure (English)(596K PDF)
Couro Ecológico brochure (Portuguese) (604K PDF)
Couro Ecológico catalog (92K PDF)
Couro Ecológico bags photo gallery