Do your part in the community. Help businesses that aim to protect the rights of both humans and the environment.
Ten Thousand Villages
“Ten Thousand Villages is more than a store. It’s a place where you can explore and connect with your global village. They lay the groundwork for sustainable change by providing a space for people to take charge of their own lives and build something for themselves. Every purchase improves the lives of makers by supporting their craft and providing a fair, stable income. Fair trade is a way for you to become part of the story, to shop your values and give gifts with meaning. Because this is bigger than us and we are all in this together.”
Fair Trade Winds
“We believe every product has a story and if you listen closely enough, it will tell you of the hands that held and crafted it with care. We think no one should be exploited for the things we buy and that our everyday purchases can have a positive impact on communities around the world. When you buy fair trade, you contribute to a cycle of empowerment that is sustainable for people and the planet.”
Green Heart Shop
“At Greenheart Shop, we do business a little bit differently. We are proud to be Chicago’s premiere non-profit, fair trade shop. We go out of our way to source products and curate a collection that does as little harm as possible – to people, communities, and the environment. All of the products we sell are fair trade, eco-friendly, or carry a social mission. They are made by skilled artisans from as far away as Tunisia and as close to home as North Lawndale. Each product carries a story, of the artisan who lovingly made it, the community where the materials originated, or the centuries-old methods used to produce it. Greenheart Shop is a branch of Greenheart International, a Chicago-based organization that connects people and planet to create global leaders through personal development, volunteer service, environmentalism, fair trade, and cultural exchange.”