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The Minima Wallet from Moral Origin is our wallet for today. We’ve done reviews on cork wallets before, and you might think cork is a weak material, but the Minima Wallet from Moral Origin shows how strong and flexible it can be. This came packaged in a simple cardboard mailer with brown paper wrapping. It is all recyclable and sustainable, which is really part of the organization’s morals and origins that make up their name. You can order the Minima Wallet either completely constructed, or in a flat form where you basically put it together yourself. It is really easy to put together so there is nothing to be too concerned about.
On the back of the exterior, there is a quick access card slot that can hold one to two cards. There is also a thumb push for getting cards out. When we open it up, there is another card slot on the interior. Folded cash can go in here as well as coins.
I was able to get three cards in the interior, one in the exterior, two slips of cash folded twice, and two coins. The wallet has a flexibility for capacity. If you undo the little screwy knob, you can move the wallet out a bit, screw it back up and put the brass knob back in place, the card capacity was just increased. This is really quite ingenious. This allows us to put more cards and carry more cash or coins. A minimalist carry on this would be two cards, reasonable is four. The company recommends three to eight. The thing that is interesting, is this is made from cork. This is really the point from the folks who designed and made it in the United Kingdom. Cork is a sustainable material, meaning it can always come back to us without being depleted. It comes from the Cork Oak tree,
The tree must be at least 25-years-old before it can be stripped, and can only be stripped every eight to fourteen years, but this can go on continually for the lifetime of the tree as long as it’s done correctly. Cork is soft but strong, durable and scratch resistant, and it’s antibacterial. It is also a great ethical choice because it’s 100% natural, chemical free, recyclable, biodegradable, vegan, and it supports the environment we live in.
This wallet is priced at $20. It is a great price for the overall backstory of the company and the product, and from a usability perspective it is very simple to use. Everything stays where it needs to stay. The footprint is very small and it sits in your front pocket where you can hardly feel it.
It measures 3.5 x 2.3 x 0.2” and weighs 13 grams, very light for a wallet.
They launched this product via Kickstarter and it has been very successful. Moral Origins started as an experiment by John, the creator who is also an astrophysicist graduate. He wanted to see how you conduct business ethically and consciously through different decisions around production, packaging, and materials they use where every part of the business adheres to a purpose. Since then, every product they create challenges the norm of how products are created in making sure they can create and try to maintain an ethical and moral business.
For the final score: For quality a 4. Price a 4. Features a 3. Usability a 3 and perception a 5. That gives you a final score of 38 out of 50. Make sure you look at the comparisons of the top five unique wallets of which this is one.
Cork is used in all kinds of thing like flooring, but as a wallet? Would it be durable enough? With the Moral Origin cork wallet, the Minima proves it has what it takes to not only work as a great slim wallet, but thrive!
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