Buttons made of natural materials – the perfect alternative to plastic
Suits represent quality and style. But are the details also sustainable and high quality? Tagua nut buttons are the latest trend in sustainable fashion. This article provides some important information about this amazing raw material.
Vegetable ivory from South America
The tagua nut is also called vegetable ivory and is highly regarded by those wishing to use natural raw materials. The tagua nut palm is native to South America. This genus of palms finds everything it needs for growth in the lush, swampy forests of Ecuador, Panama, Colombia, Brazil and Peru. It produces fruit balls that contain the desirable nuts. In size and appearance they resemble a beehive. Each fruit ball contains up to eighty tagua nuts, which are soft and even edible just after harvesting.
How buttons are produced from these nuts
How are high-quality buttons made from these nuts? The first step is to allow the tagua nut to harden. This is achieved by drying it in the sun for several months. On its exterior, the tagua nut has a brown-black skin. But inside is hidden wonderfully shimmering ivory-coloured flesh, which has now become rock hard. Milling, sawing, turning, pressing… the nut is shaped by various processes until it becomes a button. At this stage there are various options for processing it further. In order to achieve the most natural effect possible, the button is polished to a high gloss. Alternatively, the buttons can also be dyed or marbled.
Sophisticated tagua nut buttons for sustainable fashion
In times of climate change and nature conservation, the tagua nut plays an increasingly important role today, particularly in the world of fashion: palms cannot be cultivated, and grow only in a pristine and unspoilt environment. CG – CLUB of GENTS is among those companies setting an example against the deforestation of the rainforest in South America by using tagua nuts as buttons. In the world of sustainable materials, the tagua nut cannot be ignored: in addition to their longevity, these buttons are also bio-degradable and thus a great alternative to plastic. They particularly come into their own on our jackets and coats made of natural fabrics.