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Sobremesa Brings Fair Trade To Tableware

Sobremesa by Greenheart is bringing its fair trade, handcrafted mission to tabletop. The company is set to unveil a number of new sustainable tableware and textile collections at this week’s Atlanta International Gift + Home Furnishings Market.

The collections include a new line of wooden utensils made by a small co-op of “spoonmakers” located in Guatamela. Each piece, the company noted, is hand-scraped and carved from certified wood sources harvested from Lake Atitlan. A portion of the proceeds goes towards community programs such as services for the elderly.

A new glass collection made by the Copavic cooperative, formed in 1976 in Guatemala, will also be introduced. The line is made from discarded glass and hand blown into new recycled pieces, the company said.

The company will also launch a new collection of stoneware ceramic tableware. The collection is made by Le Souk Ceramique artisans located in Tunisia. The artisans forgoe machines, decals and stencils, the company said, to freehand each piece, making them one of a kind.

Created by the Artesanos de San Pedro, the company will introduce a new line of wooden cutting boards. Incorporating modern techniques with traditional handcrafted quality, the company said, the artisans cut, smooth and shape each piece of teakwood into unique pieces for the table. The collection uses recycled or sustainably sourced wood from the Smartwood Alliance.

El Tun, located in Guatemala, have created a new textile collection for the company. The collection includes a number of towels in varying colors, created by foot-powered treadles in lieu of machinery.

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