Who made this product? Natural Olive Wood is a family-owned business that crafts utensils from non-productive olive trees. Two brothers, born and raised in Tunisia, learned the art of carving the trunks of olive trees as children. Today, they use that skill to produce naturally beautiful olive wood pieces that highlight the distinct swirling patterns of the trees' twisted trunks.
Why is it ethical? Natural Olive Wood upholds ethical principles by providing artisans with a fair wage, selecting trees sustainably, and recycling materials whenever possible. Nonporous by nature and coated in a protective layer of olive oil, Natural Olive Wood products are safe and sustainable.
The Greenheart Shop strives to source products that do as little harm as possible—to people, communities, and the environment. All of the products they 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.
The 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.