Corozo | The sustainable, stylish alternative for buttons

Corozo | The sustainable, stylish alternative for buttons

When it comes to the finishing touches on our garments, we know the devil’s in the detail. We’re meticulous about materials, pedantic about pockets, specific about, er, seams!

That’s why when we were researching the best buttons to use, we became a bit obsessed with Corozo. Firstly, because of its amazing design qualities, and secondly because of how it occurs naturally and, therefore, sustainably.

An image of a pile of unprocessed tagua nuts, round in shape and with a bark-like texture.

The tagua nut – used to create vegetable ivory or Corozo – in its natural form. (Image credit:

Known in some parts as vegetable ivory (because of its resemblance to harmful-yet-coveted animal ivory), Corozo is an extremely durable substance found inside the seeds of certain palm trees.

Four carved tagua nuts, smooth and shiny in texture, each revealing a different amount of the inner white of the nut, which is referred to as “vegetable ivory”.

The tagua seed, once hardened in the sun. (Image credit:

This, the tagua nut, is harvested and carved down in the production of loads of things like knife handles, chess pieces and ornamental objects, but most commonly it has been used to make buttons – since the 1800s.

A close-up detail shot of a Corozo button on the sleeve #3004 Buttoned Jacket in Jade.

Corozo buttons, as featured on the The #3004 Buttoned Jacket in Jade

Helen, who leads product research at Uskees said: “We love using Corozo because it’s great for the environment, meaning our whole operation is as responsible as possible.

What’s amazing too is that it’s a genuinely beautiful and useful product to work with. The depth of colour and texture of these buttons add to the classic wearability of our garments”.