Panama + Ecuador
Corozo Buttons is simply a corozo button manufacturer based in Panama city that receives blank corozo buttons from Ecuador and turns them into finished pieces. The special part about Corozo Buttons is that their family history is tied back to 1895 and the beginning of corozo manufacturing.
Currently (March 2021), Corozo Buttons has 21 employees at their Panama facility and that facility meets our ethically made standards. Corozo Buttons is also in the process of obtaining a WRAP and Oeko-Tex certification. While they are not currently ISO 9001, they were in the past and continue those practices.
As for traceability of the tagua, we do have a rough idea where it came from but are not 100% sure. Tagua is the name of the nut that gets transformed to make the corozo button. In Ecuador, only a handful of companies supply corozo blanks to international markets, we are not clear which company supplies ours. As of now, we know that the blanks were bought from an exporter in the city of Manta. However, the final step of tracing the tagua back to the specific forest is still unclear. We do have a rough idea but we want to be 100% sure before we share it with you.
The corozo buttons used in our spring 21 collection are undyed and heat treated to obtain the burnt effect.