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Compostable Jewelry

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

I cannot think of any other kind of pretty jewelry that can be more suitable to be compostable at some point in time than Tagua nut and seed jewelry.

Tagua is very hard and durable, but is not water resistant. Water will not destroy Tagua, but prolonged exposure to water or sun may cause the color to fade or the piece to damage or crack.

In one of my trips to Colombia I decided to create a few unique pieces of jewelry to wear. With Viviana’s help I created beautiful Tagua nut beads that combined with burlap and cotton strings made each design one of a kind. Whenever I wore the pieces, I received compliments and positive comments; even at the supermarket!

I left some of the pieces in the washroom cabinet for some time - right under the U shape pipe, unfortunately. Who would have though it was going to leak! I checked the wet bag and to my surprise the pieces started decomposing. Everything was full of mold. I could not save anything. I was sad because I lost my jewelry pieces but surprised and amazed as without intention, I proved the Tagua nut jewelry is compostable.

In United States alone, recycling and composting prevented 82 million tons of material away from being disposed of 2009, up from 15 million tons in 1980. This prevented the release of approximately 178 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the air in 2009—equivalent to taking 33 million cars off the road for a year. [source: EPA]

Why choosing sometimes polluted non fair trade, non eco friendly jewelry when there are other alternatives out there. I am adding another reason to choose Tagua nut jewelry over jewelry made from metal chains, plastic and other man-made materials; Tagua jewelry is compostable!

We walk on it, we grow on it and eat from it!