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tagua buttons, tagua raw material, vegetable ivory


The Vegetable Ivory

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environmentally friendly

Tagua, also known as vegetable ivory, comes from the seeds of the tagua palm fruit (Phytelephas spp.), which is found in tropical regions of South America, such as the Amazon in Ecuador.

The tagua palm grows wild in its natural environment, taking about 15 years to mature.


It undergoes a process of drying and peeling, removing 5 layers to reveal the hard seed (known as vegetable ivory). This seed can be used for buttons, crafts, etc. It has a hardness similar to animal ivory, making it a durable material with a smooth and polished texture, suitable for various purposes.


Tagua comes in a variety of natural colors, ranging from whites and ivory tones to dark browns, allowing for aesthetic versatility

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Advantages Compared to Plastic


Biodegradable: Tagua is biodegradable, meaning it does not contribute to long-term environmental pollution.


Renewable: Tagua is sustainably obtained from tagua palms, in contrast to petroleum-derived plastics, which are non-renewable resources.


Low Carbon Footprint: Tagua production generally has a lower carbon footprint compared to plastic manufacturing.

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Dyeing in Tagua:


Color Absorption: It has the ability to efficiently absorb dyes due to its porous structure, allowing the material to take on a wide range of colors.


Fade Resistance: Dye in tagua tends to be durable, resisting fading over time. This ensures that products maintain their color and visual appeal even with prolonged use.


Compatibility with Natural Dyes: Dyes derived from plants and other natural resources can be used in the dyeing process.

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Use in Fashion:


Jewelry and Accessories: Tagua is widely used in the manufacturing of costume jewelry and fashion accessories, such as earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and buttons. Its texture and variety of colors make it attractive to designers.


Sustainability in Apparel: Sustainable fashion designers integrate tagua into their creations to provide ethical and eco-friendly alternatives in the fashion industry.


Substitute for Animal Ivory: Given its similarity to animal ivory in terms of texture and appearance, tagua is used as an ethical alternative in the creation of jewelry and accessories to avoid the use of animal ivory.


Growing environmental awareness and the demand for sustainable products have led to an increase in the popularity of materials like tagua. Fashion brands are responding to these demands by integrating eco-friendly materials into their product lines and generating employment opportunities for artisans.

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Our company is located in Quito - Ecuador

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Los Cipreses 17C y Josefina Barba.

Valle de Los Chillos

Quito - Ecuador

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