January 2017. The tagua, vegetable ivory, or corozo button, as it is internationally known, comes from the fruit of the palm Phytelephas spp., which grows wild in the tropical rainforests of South America. By encouraging the use of corozo buttons as an accessory, we are offering forest dwellers –the fruit´s collectors– the possibility of living on what the forest produces and not destroying it to earn income from logging.
The main strength of Corozo is its versatility, it can be cut, pressed, laser engraved, polished, dyed, painted, dry-cleansed, etc., giving the button manufacturer a wide range of possibilities for multiple designs. It is a resistant but light material, offers a unique and exclusive marbling that cannot be found in any other button, for these and other reasons is part of the collections of world-renowned brands.
Unlike synthetic buttons like polyester, and even other natural buttons, those made of corozo do not cause any environmental impact, because they come from a wild fruit that does not require pesticides or irrigation to grow, but simply the rain. Polyester, among other things, generates thousands of tons of waste, while other “natural” buttons, such as horn, are obtained from animals abused and often sacrificed.
We want to inspire fashion designers to take an active role in reducing the environmental impact of their collections. Join the brands that actively support and mobilize to create a better world, commit to the environment and enhance its ecological side.
Since 1988 TRAFINO S.A. has managed to position itself as the leader in the export of corozo blanks, with more than 55% of worldwide share. We will continue our work to protect the tropical rainforests, home of the tagua palm, and support the fruit collecting communities, always providing a product of the highest quality.
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