What are tagua seeds?
Tagua seeds come from palm trees found in southern Panama along the Andes to Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, northwestern Brazil, and Peru. Often referred to as vegetable ivory, for its resemblance to elephant ivory.
As the seeds fall to the ground, local artisans round them up and begin the transformation of the avocado sized seed, into custom pieces of jewelry that are shaved down and dyed into different colors. The final touch, are the words you choose to have custom engraved directly into the tagua seed.
Besides looking awesome, the tagua seed does a lot of good for the world. Tagua seeds stimulate the local economies in South America, provides an alternative to cutting down rainforests for farming, and prevents elephants from being killed for the ivory in their tusks. Tagua seeds present an opportunity to stray away from the violent act of elephant tusk removal, while maintaining the beauty and integrity of ivory.
Why help the elephant?
Elephants are some of the most intelligent creatures on earth, with complex consciousnesses that are capable of strong emotions. Across Africa they have inspired respect from the people that share the landscape with them, giving them a strong cultural significance.
When forest elephants eat, they create gaps in the vegetation. These gaps allow new plants to grow and create pathways for other smaller animals to use. They are also one of the major ways in which trees disperse their seeds; some species rely entirely upon elephants for seed dispersal.
Sadly, Elephant numbers have dropped by 62% over the last decade and they may be mostly extinct by the next decade. An estimated 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers seeking ivory leaving only 400,000 remaining. As of 2017, the world is losing more elephants than the population can reproduce, threatening the future of African elephants across the continent.
Huge demand for ivory products makes the illegal ivory trade extremely profitable, and has led to the slaughter of tens of thousands of African elephants. If the elephants are to survive, the demand for ivory must be drastically reduced.
LifeSeed has committed itself to help end the senseless slaughter of our fellow mammal friend. LifeSeed donates a portion of every bracelet to amazing charities every month that are world leaders in protecting elephants from horrendous acts of poaching.
Buy a bracelet, save elephants and the rainforest.