Saving the rainforest (not to mention elephants!) one nut at a time
NCP now carries two designs of jewelry made from tagua, the amazing rainforest palm nut. Also known as “vegetable ivory,” tagua is a naturally-occurring product sustainably harvested by native communities from a rainforest shrub in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Once ripe, the nut has the hardness, color and workability of ivory—but without harming the precious pachyderms! Plus, as a natural rainforest plant (unlike cocoa or palm oil or other introduced crops), it thrives where the forest is not cut down!
Price: $17 per pendant ($15 for each additional item) (includes shipping) Each pendant comes with an adjustable 100 percent natural hemp necklace. Place an order by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alert! A reforested section of NCP’s Aguas Negras reserve in the Ecuadorian Amazon was “mistakenly” destroyed by Andes Petroleum Corporation in November 2013. (Photos and story here.) Donations are being accepted to offset the legal costs of our partner SELVA as they reclaim the
land and recover losses. Make a direct contribution to this legal defense fund—or add a donation to your necklace order (any amount over the per pendant price will support SELVA in its court case).
Saving the rainforest is complicated business, but helping native communities earn an income by utilizing natural rainforest products is one of the keys. Purchase for yourself, as a gift for someone else, or request a quantity to sell in your church, school or club. Contact NCP for more info or to place an order (email@example.com).
Meet the producers! Join our Learning Tour to the Ecuadorian Amazon and meet the people who gather the tagua—and the trees that produce it!