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#SustainableSunday with Amano Artisans...

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Green Bees everywhere, I've discovered another something fun that I just had to share with y'all!  Have you ever heard of Tagua seeds?  They grow from tagua palms in the rainforest and, when harvested by local farmers, can be turned by artisans into an array of really fun jewelry.  They are rather neutral in colour and are malleable, so the artisans who work with these seeds have quite a few possibilities for making them into unique pieces of jewelry.  

I teamed up with Amano Artisans, a Colombia-based company that explained that the tagua seeds are a great medium to work with because they are grown in the wild, harvested, and then are sent to warehouses where they are dried, peeled, and cut into shape.  Next, they are polished, tinted using eco-friendly dyes, and drilled to become finished products.  All of the artisans who work for Amano work to keep traditional methods alive and are paid wages that truly allow them to support their families.  

As you may have guessed, since "green" is in the name of things here, it is not only a lifestyle for me, but also a favourite colour.  I immediately jumped at the chance to feature their mint green tagua earrings because of the colour, but also because the skin has been left on the seeds, which creates an interesting, but really natural border.  They add a great pop of colour, are incredibly lightweight, and face it: they're just tons of fun.  Even the bag that they were packaged in for transit was handmade in Columbia from recycled textiles and up-cycled water bottles.  

How cool is that?  

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the earrings are handmade from eco-friendly materials
: the dress is handmade and fair trade
: the booties were thrifted
: the necklace was handmade
: the bracelets were handmade

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