The Journey of Our Plastic-Free Corozo Buttons

At Wild Rose Kenya, we are committed to sustainability and ethical fashion. One of the ways we achieve this is through our use of plastic-free buttons made from tagua nuts, which are known in the fashion world as corozo buttons. These eco-friendly buttons not only contribute to reducing plastic waste but also add a unique, natural touch to our cotton garments. Let's take a closer look at the fascinating journey of these buttons, from their origin in Ecuador to their final form on our clothing.

The Origin: Tagua Nuts from Ecuador

Tagua nuts, also known as "vegetable ivory," come from the seeds of the tagua palm tree, which thrives in the rainforests of Ecuador and other parts of South America.

These nuts are harvested sustainably, ensuring that the palm trees are not harmed in the process. The use of tagua nuts supports local economies and promotes the preservation of the rainforest, providing an eco-friendly alternative to plastic and animal-based materials.

The Transformation Process

The transformation of tagua nuts into corozo buttons is a meticulous process that involves several stages:

  1. Harvesting and Drying:

The tagua nuts are harvested once they have matured and fallen from the trees. After collection, they are left to dry for several weeks, allowing the nuts to harden. This drying process is crucial, as it prepares the nuts for the next stages of production.

  1. Cutting and Shaping:

Once dried, the nuts are sliced into thin discs. These discs are then shaped into rough button forms. This stage requires precision and skill to ensure that each piece is uniform in size and shape.

  1. Sanding and Polishing:

 The rough button forms are sanded down to achieve a smooth surface. This step is essential to remove any imperfections and to create a polished, high-quality finish. The buttons are often polished with natural waxes to enhance their shine and durability.

  1. Dyeing (Optional):

If a specific color is desired, the buttons are dyed using natural, eco-friendly dyes. This allows for a variety of colors while maintaining the sustainability of the product.

  1. Drilling and Detailing:

Finally, the buttons are drilled with holes for sewing and may undergo additional detailing, such as engraving or embossing, to add unique designs or logos.

The Final Product: Corozo Buttons

The result of this intricate process is a beautiful, durable button that is not only environmentally friendly but also boasts a unique texture and appearance. Corozo buttons are known for their natural grain and rich, warm tones, which add a touch of elegance and individuality to our garments.

Why We Choose Corozo Buttons

At Wild Rose Kenya, our commitment to sustainability goes beyond just the materials we use. By choosing corozo buttons, we:

- Reduce Plastic Waste:

Each corozo button replaces what would otherwise be a plastic button, helping to decrease the amount of plastic in our products and in the environment.

- Support Sustainable Practices:

The use of tagua nuts promotes the conservation of rainforests and supports local communities in Ecuador.

- Enhance Quality:

Corozo buttons are not only beautiful but also highly durable, ensuring that our garments are made to last.

A Sustainable Future

As we continue to strive for a more sustainable future, we remain dedicated to finding innovative ways to reduce our environmental impact. Our corozo buttons are just one example of how we integrate sustainability into our designs. We are proud to offer our customers high-quality, eco-friendly fashion that makes a positive difference in the world.


Thank you for supporting Wild Rose Kenya and our journey towards a more sustainable and ethical fashion industry. Together, we can make a lasting impact, one button at a time.

Annette O