This month’s spotlight features the first business to sign on with LifeCity located in the French Quarter, QUEORK. New Orleans based QUEORK is dedicated to all products made using genuine cork fabric. Handmade by adhering thin slices of cork bark to fabric backing using beeswax, cork is an extremely durable product as well as both a natural and vegan material. QUEORK’s product selection includes bags, shoes, belts, accessories, and even iPad and iPhone covers.
Read on as we interviewed Amanda Dailey, owner and designer at this trend setting boutique.
1. What are some of your proudest moments as owner of QUEORK?
QUEORK was a small online business in the beginning and we finally were able to get in front of our buyers at a local Freret market fall of 2012 where we literally sold out in less than 5 hours. The reaction from the people in person was fantastic and it was then I knew we needed a store front.
2. How does your organization go about improving your social and environmental impacts?
Our products are made with 100% vegan cork veneer on cotton backing. This is an excellent alternative to leather so no animals are harmed in the making of our bags or accessories. Our store is also 144sq feet and does not waste energy by occupying some monstrosity of a store. Almost every part of our store is recycled/reuse, from reclaimed wood shelving to a table made from a retired wine barrel!
3. What partnerships have you formed in order to leverage sustainable impact as a company?
We are currently working on a wine cork recycling partnership with local restaurants and we have worked hard over the last year to minimize our packaging materials for online sales as well as use recycled packaging whenever possible.
4. If you had a magic wand to change one thing that would make it easier for your company or other companies to go green, what would that thing be?
We want to see waste recycling in the French Quarter and greener packaging solutions for shipments. Large carriers like Fedex are making us overstuff our packaging – most likely to increase it’s weight and I find that unnecessary.
5. What advice would you give to other businesses who are trying to improve their internal practices to benefit their City and state?
6. Anything else you would like to tell our community of Green Card members and Green Businesses such as upcoming events or promotions they should look out for?
We will be doing free wine and appetizers at the upcoming Dirty Linen night August 10th 5-9pm with several discounts and promotions.