Our Tagua Earrings are handmade in Ecuador, carved from tagua nuts, a renewable rain forest seed known asvegetable ivory for its likeness to real animal ivory, but with animal and habitat-friendly properties.
Ecuador’s unique position between the Pacific coast, the Equator and the Andes gives it one of the most unique terrains in the world, with rainforests, rivers, forests and the UNESCO-protected Galapagos Islands squeezed into 276,840 sq km. Still, deforestation, global warming, human contamination and a loss of soil due to volcanic eruptions have threatened this tiny country’s diverse ecosystem.
Pontare’s 23 artisans come from humble backgrounds and work in rural workshops around the country. The fair trade wages they earn at Pontare make a considerable difference to the artisan and his/her family and are often their sole source of income. The company provides each artisan the materials, tools and training they’ll need to work on their own time and manages work distribution from the main office to ensure the work is fairly distributed. Your purchase of an ornament or jewelry from Pontare makes a considerable difference to each artisan and his/her family and promotes rainforest conservation, which benefits the entire community.