These gorgeous, eco-chic necklaces in Ivory are great to complement any outfit, or as a sustainable, ethical gift. Handmade from tagua, by Enrique in Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador. Tagua, otherwise known as vegetable ivory for its resistance and durability, is a natural, renewable and sustainable material from the tagua palm tree, which grows in the lush tropical rainforests of the Amazon.
Enrique has earned a reputation for being very skilful in making small parts and shape. He along with his wife and daughter have made the tagua their family business.
About The Andes Collection
The Andes Collection is a fun, vibrant collection of ethical and eco-chic contemporary handicrafts sourced from our partner in Ecuador, The Andes Fashion. The Andes Fashion works under the rules of Fair Trade with over 200 families of artisans located all over Ecuador. Founder and fashion designer Mirta Evi launched the eco-chic, fair trade and ethical brand to help raise funds for social and environmental issues in Ecuador, working in partnership with international NGOs, the Ecuadorian Government and the United Nations Development Program.
The Andes Fashion artisans specialise in various areas of craftsmanship to ensure the highest quality product, and offering ongoing opportunities for entrepreneurship, training and leadership for artisan producers and their families. Their collections have featured in many high profile events across the globe including Miami Fashion Week 2012 and Climate Week in London giving these talented artisans fantastic opportunities to improve their livelihoods and living conditions through high profile exposure to the global market.
The Andes Fashion donates 10% of its profits to scholarships for the underprivileged and 15% of its profits to Yasuní-ITT (an Ecuadorian Government conservation program in the Yasuní National Park with the aim of reducing 400 million tonnes CO2 into the atmosphere).