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Red Tagua Nut (Vegetable Ivory) Bracelet from the Rainforest in Ecuador

£9.95

4 in stock

This bracelet has been carefully-constructed using sliced red squares of smooth tagua seeds.
Tagua is also known as vegetable ivory and is a totally sustainable alternative to elephant ivory.

4 in stock

Description

Ethical Fair Trade bracelet carefully constructed using sliced red squares of smooth tagua seeds (vegetable ivory).

•   Elasticated, so will fit most wrist sizes.

•   Sourced direct from workshops in Otavalo in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
The artisans are known personally to the importer, who ensures the artisans have suitable pay and working conditions.

Please note:  specks and flashes of the brown shell skin of the tagua nut are visible – this is completely normal and add to the unique, natural appeal of each individual item.

DIMENSIONS – the larger pieces have a height of 3 cm x width of 2.5 cm approximately.
Sold individually.

Did you know?
Tagua is also known as vegetable ivory and is a totally sustainable alternative to elephant ivory.

From the heart of the Amazon grows a special tree called the Tagua, or Ivory Palm.

It produces an extraordinary fruit, the tagua nut, which has been used by the indiginous people for buttons, jewellery and carved objects for centuries.

Tagua (Vegetable Ivory) Nut

Tagua (Vegetable Ivory) Nut

When ripe the seedpods fall to the ground and are gathered and dried for a period of up to 2 years after which they become extremely hard.

The Tagua nut seeds need to be dried naturally to separate it from its shell. Once separated, it has a dark skin which must be removed to reveal the beautiful ivory colour.
With some polishing the seed has a fantastic finish.

Tagua (Vegetable Ivory) Nut Sliced

Tagua (Vegetable Ivory) Nut Sliced

The seeds are then cut into different shapes and dyed in a variety of natural colours, revealing the veins of the pure cellulose material giving each piece an individual and natural look.

Most importantly, tagua is replacing the slaughter of mammal ivory in the textile and fashion industries as the only natural alternative to animal ivory.

Furthermore, the income received from tagua crops is a strong incentive to maintain the trees and tropical rainforests of the Amazon by providing a sustainable income for the local population.

In one year, the tagua palm tree produces the same amount of ‘ivory’ as one female elephant!

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Delivery

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There is NO postage charge added to your order - delivery is FREE.

(However, any orders managed manually, outside of the website Checkout, will attract the appropriate delivery charge.)

How long will it take for my order to arrive?

You should receive your delivery within 3-5 working days. I will always let you know by email that your order is being dealt with and also when it’s gone in the post - so you won’t be kept in the dark! However, please allow up to 7 working days before you make contact with any issues.

Deliveries are made from Monday to Saturday between 7am and 3pm.

Who will deliver my order?

Royal Mail, using their 2nd Class service. (For certain heavier packages, Parcel Force will be used.)

You will not need to sign for receipt of your delivery, but if you are out and the item is too large to post through your letterbox and/or a neighbour is not available to take delivery, Royal Mail will leave instructions with you in these circumstances, making it clear what action you need to take, via a red & white “Something for you” card.

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Perhaps you work, or would like your gifts sending direct to a friend or family member? No problem! Simply use the box provided at the checkout to confirm the details.

I always request a "Proof of Postage" document from the Post Office for each order sent out to customers and these are kept on file in case of a query.

For full details, please refer to the "How to shop/FAQS" section.

Returns

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Can I return an unwanted item for a refund?

Yes, of course you can - and it`s simple and quick!

This is where the 30-DAY, "NO QUIBBLE" MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE comes in....

Simply notify me of your intentions within 30 days of your initial receipt of the goods. I will then agree with you what action to take, including the opportunity to exchange your unwanted product for another item. (Please use the contact us page to get in touch. This page also includes the address to send your "returns".)

FOR A REFUND, you will then need to return the good(s) promptly in an unused and resaleable condition. I will then provide a refund,(BUT NOT for the postage cost you have incurred in returning the good(s). The refund will be actioned via your original payment method.

In the case of EXCHANGES, a re-delivery charge at Royal Mail`s 2nd Class rate will apply. (Buyer pays the return postage.)

For full details, please refer to point 7. of the "How to shop/FAQS" section.

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