THE MOST SOCIALLY AND ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE BUTTON YOU CAN THINK OF

Guest Submit by Ignacio Alejandro Maya

-Corozo buttons are a higher-top quality, strong and earth-helpful alternate for your clothes-

Sustainability is not just a development, but a needed stage. Consumers are progressively mindful of what they wear, try to eat, drink, use and who they get it from, so providers are re-analyzing their benefit chains, materials they use, traceability, creation expectations and ethics guiding just about every item and assistance.


How do we make the manner and apparel marketplace additional respectful of society and the setting? It could appear like improve took time, but certainly it is as a result of reliable and systematic steps that it is taking place.

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Most organizations have a tendency to adhere with regular polyester (plastic) buttons that come from fossil fuels, which are a little bit less expensive but have a unfavorable effects on the natural environment. Even the so-termed recycled polyester buttons use a significant share of virgin materials, demand considerable quantities of vitality and build a whole lot of detrimental squander. Though the effect of a small button may well not appear to be significant, substantial portions generate apparent environmental results.


Corozo, or tagua buttons as we know them in Ecuador, are designed from a nut that grows wild in Ecuador’s tropical forests. When tender, the nut is liquid and can be drunk by humans. It is pretty comparable to ivory consequently, it is also identified as vegetable ivory. Grows on palm trees and, when experienced, falls to the ground to be sustainably collected by hundreds of rural group associates as a signifies of subsistence. These people today turn out to be the very best guardians of the forest that provides them an revenue. Nuts then pass into the arms of hundreds of artisans to be skilfully remodeled into blanks, one by one particular, pure custom.


With 33 decades of expertise, TRAFINO S.A. is the world’s top firm in the export of corozo blanks. TRAFINO acquires the blanks of different dimensions from much more than 500 artisans – a substantial component staying women -, performs quality controls and exports to button makers in much more than 20 countries, who give the finish -style- to the products and market to fashion brand names. As a make any difference of point, corozo buttons are not anything new, prior to plastic took in excess of the industry, again in the 1940s, a substantial portion of the buttons manufactured in the entire world had been corozo, together with those of the Usa Army´s uniform, and have been utilised because close to the 1850s.

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Why opt for a corozo button?

  • 100% purely natural, sustainable, earth-helpful

  • Biodegradable, natural and organic, renewable, recyclable

  • Vegan, no animal cruelty

  • Combines design and style and craftsmanship

  • Functional, can be lasered, any design can be built

  • Resistant to washing, dry cleansing and ironing

  • Different to polyester (plastic) buttons and other organic buttons that can hurt the surroundings

  • Non-harmful – child harmless

  • Can be employed in its purely natural white color or dyed to any color (dye to match)

  • At microscopic amount, corozo is composed of pretty tightly wound organic and natural fibres that give the product outstanding sturdiness and scratch resistance, contributing to circularity in style. Its porous character allows colors to penetrate deep into the area, earning it an exceptional product for dyeing. Corozo is also nicely recognised for its tasteful all-natural grain.

TRAFINO designed the NGO Endlessly LUNG


TRAFINO made the NGO Eternally LUNG to shield tropical forests exactly where corozo palms grow wild, by doing the job together with communities & artisans. The Ecuadorian Ministry of Setting awarded TRAFINO the “Green Initiative Prize” for advertising and marketing the rainforests conservation by means of a sustainable management of corozo.


TRAFINO and Eternally LUNG are doing work with community universities in the investigation and organizing of a undertaking to restore the buffer zones of tropical forests utilizing native corozo palms and consequently support the forest to recover and get back room. Here are some properties of the corozo palm tree:

  • Corozo palms have many biological interactions with pollinating insects, countless numbers get there through flowering time, as effectively as with wild forest animals, mainly rodents and little mammals.

  • Corozo palms are an ample and often dominant species in the composition of the tropical forest. For this rationale, if we secure corozo palms, we conserve the complete forest and its interactions.

  • Because of to the large output of natural matter (significant leaves, inflorescences and substantial infructescence), Corozo palms have a significant fee of carbon fixation.

  • Corozo palms avert erosion and lead to soil formation.

  • Corozo palms boost the “milking of clouds”, preserving humidity in forests.

  • Corozo is an significant cultural component in the id of Ecuadorians.

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TRAFINO is also functioning with The United Nations Small Grants Plan, The German Cooperation (GIZ), the IRD (French Institute of Exploration for Progress), authorities establishments and other NGOs to improve and aid corozo accumulating communities, secure forests and choose treatment of corozo palm trees. TRAFINO is also a member of the Scorching PALM undertaking http://bioinca.org/hotpalm-task/


Corozo is not only the ideal sustainable alternative for style and clothes business in terms of design and style and durability, but also has a useful environmental and social component. By replacing plastic with corozo buttons, brand names lead to keeping tropical forests standing, reducing the carbon footprint of the manner marketplace, curbing worldwide warming, amongst a lot of other benefits that this great tale brings. Assistance us spread the term.

Guest Author Bio

With 22 many years of expertise doing work with Corozo, Ignacio Alejandro Maya is Government President of TRAFINO S.A., a leading enterprise with extra than 3 many years exporting this source of Ecuadorian biodiversity. Passionate about this noble substance, he has two Majors in Enterprise Administration and Agribusiness and 2 Minors in Psychology and English from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. In addition to a Diploma in Challenge Administration from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, headquarters Toluca, Mexico. Founding member and Government Director of the Permanently LUNG Foundation designed to perform with each other with community communities to shield forests where corozo grows wild and, by means of sustainable administration of this merchandise, contribute to improving upon the top quality of lifestyle of individuals who gather the nuts and the hundreds of artisans concerned in the distribution chain.

Hyperlink to website: https://trafino.web/

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