Located five minutes from the San Jose international airport in Costa Rica, Verdes y Colores is a mix of shop and museum which aims to combine responsible shopping with education to give more meaning to sustainable product design.
The venue works both with walk-ins looking for souvenirs that were locally produced and with organized tours that allow visitors to explore and learn about sustainability, fair trade and responsible consumption. A theme not strange to Costa Rica, a leader in sustainable tourism promotion.
"Throughout each tour, the visitor interprets, evaluates and creates experiences and memories about the importance of each joint action for the sustainable development of the Costa Rican society. Visitors learn about the reality of the artisans and their efforts to fulfill their dreams, issues that sometimes go unnoticed because of the accelerated itinerary," explain the promoters of the project, who TreeHugger met during a recent visit to the country to cover the Planet, People, Peace conference.
The project, founded two years ago by young local designer Melissa Jimenez, production technician Karla Aguilar and manager Juan Jose Bolaños, also helps communities, artists and artisans develop their crafts, supports responsible manufacturers, and develops some products like a bamboo textiles line and a collection of preserved native plants for decoration.
If your next vacation is Costa Rica, be sure to check it out.
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