Greenheart Shop About Us
Renew. Redefine. Reveal: Fair Trade
At the Greenheart Shop you can find something different. We take a stand against the wasteful mass manufactured look you're tired of. You want a better shopping experience where every item you touch has a story. A good history of the people that made it, building a better life for themselves. Fair Trade provides such opportunities, and it keeps people healthy and happy and in charge of their own economic independence. You directly support real change.
Every day, every purchase - you have a choice. Fair Trade is not just coffee and chocolate. Fair trade encompasses a wide variety of agricultural and handcrafted goods, including baskets, clothing, cotton, home and kitchen decor, jewelry, rice, soap, tea, toys, and wine. While coffee was the first agricultural product to be certified fair trade in 1988, fair trade handcrafts have been sold since 1946.
Check out our video to see what Fair Trade really means to us:
How does the Greenheart Shop help to improve communities around the world?
The Greenheart Shop provides shopping experiences that support fair trade, eco-friendly products and local social enterprises. By shopping fair trade, you are able to purchase beautifully handcrafted goods, and at the same time, support community development projects, safe working conditions, and sustainable environmental practices. We're lucky to have such a dedicated, driven and passionate team promoting Fair Trade.
Why is Fair Trade so important to Greenheart Shop, you ask? Here's how it all got started...
In 1985, Emanuel Kuntzelman founded the Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI) as a non-profit international education exchange organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding, academic development, environmental consciousness and world peace. In 2004, CCI adopted the Greenheart movement as its environmental and social initiative inspired by the work of the Casita Verde and the Greenheart movement on the island of Ibiza, Spain. In 2007, CCI expanded the Greenheart initiative to include fair trade and opened the Greenheart Shop in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, IL. In the summer of 2013 the Greenheart Shop moved to its beautiful new location in Old Town.
Our Dedicated Behind-The-Scenes Staff:
Nancy Mathyer Director Greenheart Shop | Sobremesa
Mary Brooks National Wholesale Manager
Alexandria Pavel Brand Manager Greenheart Shop | Sobremesa
Brandy Erwin Marketing/Key Accounts Sales Manager Sobremesa
Kara Rhodebeck Manager Greenheart Shop
Tyler Walden Assistant Manager Greenheart Shop
Neal Johnson Ecommerce Coordinator Greenheart Shop
Ryan Schapals Distribution Center Manager
Bill Miller Distribution Center Assistant Manager