Tagua is made from a nut from a resembling palm leaf plant, but instead of coconuts. They produce a cluster of pods that within that pod are the fruit and seeds that are edible until the fruit fully matures and turn the seeds hard. The harden seed feels and looks like ivory, which is why they are nicknamed the vegetable ivory. It's a safe and humane alternative to ivory. If you'd like to read more about other ways we work with our producers to be earth friendly and conscientious read our blog post about Earth Day!
Our Tagua products are made from two different countries, Ecuador and Colombia.
There stories are below:
- Located in the Andes mountains of Ecuador, nestled on a small road in between several volcanoes and farmland is the group that once started out of the back of their home as a small family business. The group has now grown to include six additional artisans and is providing a bright future for all the families and their children.
- A cooperative of women in Colombia work together to sustainably harvest, dry and hand-color indigenous seeds to create unique jewelry. Their inspiration comes from their colorful cultural traditions and teachings of finding beauty in Mother Nature's abundant gifts. Their desire is to teach the children to incorporate these ideals with building a strong economic and community-based future for themselves.