Fun and trendy earrings made of tagua, the "vegetable ivory" that helps to save the rainforests. Very light weight, about 1 1/2" long, stainless steel hook.
Tagua is the seed of a rainforest palm tree. The fair trade artisans who make this and our other Rainforest Jewelry pieces earn 5 times more than they would working on commercial plantations and ranches, both of which require clear-cutting the trees.
The men and women employed by Encanto, the company behind this line of jewelry, enjoy their work not only because they are paid a fair wage, but because of the respect shown for their work and their opinions.
The Tagua industry in Colombia has developed into a source of fair trade revenue in both urban craftsmen's studios and the rural communities where the seed is planted and harvested.
Tagua jewelry craftspeople earn up to 5 times more than they would if they worked on plantations or cattle ranches, both of which require clear-cutting the rainforests. The eco-friendly tagua nut thus provides a respectable and sustainable income for the workers.