Corozo, which comes from a nut that grows wild in the tropical forests of Ecuador, is collected by the local communities that live in the forests. Its collection constitutes an alternative and an incentive for the people to take care of the forest, making its vegetable origin, a pure, organic, non chemical, vegan product.
Ecuador is the only country in the world that produces and exports corozo blanks, which are used to make eco-friendly buttons, jewellery, embellishments, handicrafts and if powdered is also used as a natural ex-foliant (replacing plastic microbeads in beauty products). Due to its colour and malleable, resilient nature, it is considered a vegan ivory (replacing animal ivory). Durable, malleable, light weight, and beautiful when dyed have attracted button manufacturers from Italy, Turkey, China, and more recently India to import this miracle resource, which also contributes to the protection of the rainforest. Each blank is handmade, one by one, by artisans, so to have a corozo button on a garment is to have a piece of art from the tropical forest, while those who use them directly, brands like Raymonds, Blackberry, SS Homme, help to the conservation of these forests. So empowering when brands consciously make sustainable fashion choices.