The Tagua nuts are gathered from the rainforest floor after they have fallen naturally from the tree - giving the local communities nearby a sustainable, renewable and natural resource that provides economic stability and defence against deforestation.
Chemically, Tagua nuts are made of pure cellulose. When the nuts are picked they are in liquid form and are completely edible! They are then left for weeks or months, depending on the weather conditions, to dry out and become dense and durable, and ready to be crafted.
Not only is using Tagua friendly to the rainforest, but it also helps the fight against ivory poaching - saving elephants, walruses, and other ivory bearing animals. In one year, one Tagua palm can produce as much 'ivory' as an average African elephant in her lifetime. Isn't that amazing!?
It is believed that the Tagua nut brings prosperity, happiness, abundance and love. Is there anything this nut CAN'T do?
You can take a look at our Tagua jewellery, handmade by the fantastic folk over at Just Trade here.
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