Tagua: The Nut That’s Saving Elephants

Tagua: The Nut That’s Saving Elephants
“As of 2016, there are still more African elephants being killed for ivory than are being born. . . elephant populations continue to decline.” The World Elephant Day organization makes it clear that elephants are still very much in danger, despite education and prevention efforts. On both the Asian and African continents, the elephant’s natural habitat is rapidly diminishing and these beautiful animals are also poached and sold for high prices in the world market.

Part of the solution to this tragedy comes in the form of a simple nut.







The tagua nut, whose scientific name is Phytelephas Equatorialis, comes from the palm tree. It grows in regions of Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, and Peru. Tagua is often called “vegetable ivory” because of its off-white appearance and smooth texture after the nut is carved. It may be left in a more natural state or dyed vibrant colors with natural and non-toxic pigments. Skillful artisans make buttons, jewelry, ornaments, and sculptures from this renewable resource that’s ethically obtained.

Fair Trade Certified tagua products are grown using practices that sustain and support the biodiversity of the rainforest, which is often considered to be the “lungs of the world.” Tagua growers and the artisans who carve the nuts into usable products are guaranteed a fair wage and safe working conditions.

Come to Global Gifts and check out the beautiful tagua necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and ornaments we carry all year long!









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