Greenheart Shop

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1714 N Wells St, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60614

Eco, fair-trade non-profit shop selling a variety of goods including recycled accessories and handbags, kitchen goods, home decor, gourmet treats, cookbooks, cruelty-free leather, boutique jewelry, and toys. Moved from 1911 W Division St summer 2013. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-7:00pm, Sat 10:00am-6:00pm, Sun 10:00am-5:00pm.

2 Reviews

First Review by SynthVegan

Great gifts, but not as practical - Edit

I've been to several so-called "green" shops and while they all have merit, often the price is too prohibitive to be of much value. A lot of products at Greenheart are produced very ethically and look awesome, but aren't really necessary in one's day to day life. An example is the recent product of paper (note cards, etc.) made from elephant poop - yes, you read that right. It's "imported" from Asia and made sustainably while helping protect elephants' habitats. Is that a noble venture? Absolutely, but I'm not sure it's worth $15 or so for a bit of paper.

The kitchen items are cool, but most of the store falls into the gift section where non-eco people would go to shop for people like me who are "into" green/recycled stuff. Still, if you're in the area and enjoy looking at the ingenuity of people creating things from otherwise "trash," it's worth a visit. And if you need a unique gift, head here too. Just don't go looking for an all-purpose "green" general store like the amazing Park+Vine in Cincinnati.

Pros: sustainable, cute, aesthetically pleasing

Cons: pricey, not practical

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Greenheart Shop - Edit

I finally checked out Greenheart and was delighted. It's a cute little shop focusing on eco-friendly products. I'm always amazed at what people do with used pop can tops, bike chains, etc. - Greenheart carries items made with the aforementioned materials and they're definitely really neat and unique products! As such, these items are a little on the pricey side (i.e. $65 for a mini purse made from pop tops, but it was of great quality). This is definitely a neat place to check out if you're meandering around the Wicker Park neighborhood, and its right next to the Real Naked Food store.

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