Elephants love these buttons because they look like ivory, but they’re pure vegetable. The buttons are carved from tagua nuts, a plant that is native to Central and South America.
Each button is a natural, ivory white. Most have additional brown markings. The buttons vary slightly in shape and size, but are in general about the size of a quarter. The tagua nut material is full of microscopic pores and and will easily take up dye.
The tagua nut’s durability and versatility made it a popular button material before plastics. Today, they offer a much greener and sustainable option than plastic buttons. Our buttons are from Ecuador and are produced by Galleria Yamberla, a tagua workshop in Ecuador that primarily employs young women, allowing them to earn money while staying in school or supporting their families.