Environmental Impact

Tagua nuts and elephant tusk Ivory

The use of tagua nuts as an exquisite and harmless alternative to the tusks of elephants and other animals.  (Poachers in Africa have continued killing elephants for their ivory tusks to the point that some populations of elephants are now 50% decimated.) Tagua nuts, also called vegetable ivory, offer a natural material that is as beautiful and durable as ivory.




  • 50% of Elephants are killed due to popular demand on Ivory.
  • 50 acres per minute of South American rainforest destroyed.



93% of Tagua nut remains is distributed as follows:
  • The dust that comes from the manufacturing process and other grounded waste is given as food for cattle.
  • The cuts are also used as fuel.
  • The brick makers use tagua waste for burning.