Tagua - Saving the Rainforest
Also known as “vegetable ivory,” tagua is produced by a palm-like tree in South America. The nuts fall to the ground when mature, thus harvesting does not damage the trees. Tagua nut’s grain is close and very hard, resembling the finest ivory.
The purchase of tagua nut jewelry helps preserve the rain forest by providing an alternative income for artisans. Tagua can generate five times the income to an artisan than banana plantations or cattle ranches.
Cultural tradition and forest preservation combine in the use of this renewable resource.