Meet our team
Green City Living took root as an effort to move beyond spiral light bulbs. "Week after week, sandwich bags made it on the family grocery list", says Kathy Rohret, company founder. She had always been eco-conscious--like using flour sack towels and cloth napkins instead of paper towels, but the realization of how much plastic she and her family threw away really flipped the switch for her. "My husband and I have five children between us.," Kathy said. "It really made me stop and think about how drastically the environment has changed in my nearly 50 years, and how negatively my waste will affect my children and grandchildren".
Trying multiple options for reusable she discovered that all reusable sandwich bags available at the time allowed air in and juices out. While she wanted to stop throwing away plastic, she also didn't want to waste perfectly good food by having it get dry, or for moister items--having them leak all over the other lunchbag contents. She searched high and low for food safe alternatives and discovered laminated cotton. After much trial & error in working with this fabric The EcoBagIt! reusable sandwich bags were born (originally named SAV-UR-SAC! to remind her niece Liana not to throw them away at school.)
Fast forward 5 years, and Kathy's company has accounts coast to coast including one in Toronto, Canada. The bags get great reviews for their ability to keep contents fresh. Since company start in 2012, Green City Living has added additional high functioning home products including Green & Thirsty quilted unpaper towels, the exclusive unpaper Bacon Sponge for grease absorption, No-Foil potato bakers, Fluff Dry wool dryer balls, and reusable Swiffer covers. Their latest products include Eco Brew hemp/organic cotton coffee filters in addition to upcycled sweater coffee sleeves.
Green City Living now employs three people in the Denver area, one in Portland, OR and one in Iowa City, Iowa. They also have networked with artists of like mind. Despite the challenges and high cost of manufacturing in the U.S., Kathy is committed to keeping her production on home soil to minimize the environmental impact of international transport costs.
Kelsey Johnson is a fashion designer born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She attended Colorado State University for undergraduate studies in Apparel Design before receiving her degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco, California. More recently she earned her BFA from Academy of Art University with a concentration in Knitwear Design.
Originating in the beautiful state of Colorado, she draws much of her inspiration from nature and has a strong passion for sustainable practices. She has also newly launched a knitwear and accessory company called ElseWear Collective and is proud to be on the Green City Living team. She has a website that is currently under production @ http://www.elsewearcollective.com/
Deb Stamper, Manufacturing Assistant
Deb enjoys sewing and crafting with materials she can recycle. She also loves to be outdoors hiking,fishing and rock hounding are activities she enjoys along with traveling on their Harley.
Stephanie Rohret lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Brian and daughter Charlotte. Her family enjoys venturing out and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She has been involved with Green City-Living for a few years but in January 2016 she began manufacturing, distributing and marketing the Dryer Fluff Balls for Green City-Living. Though she has previously been a very successful manager in the retail industry, the fact that her current work can help to make a better world for Charlotte fuels the energy she puts into her current work.
Rachel Rohret lives in Iowa City, Iowa, with her husband, Jesse, and son, Hoyt. Rachel is a licensed cosmetologist, has a degree in Business and a degree in Accounting. Jesse refers to Rachel as "Super Mom" because somehow she finds time to be a wife, mommy, hairstylist, accountant, and artist. Alongside making the EcoBrew Coffee Filters for Green City Living, Rachel also makes digital art prints, baby bibs, blankets and quilts. In their free time, the family enjoys spending time outdoors, going on bike rides and hiking in the timber.
Moving to Colorado has been a non-stop adventure for Maggie. Originally from the Dairy State—Wisconsin—Maggie is no stranger to snowy weather, outdoor activities, and delicious food. Upon moving to Denver, to work as an Occupational Therapist, Maggie began looking for a new hobby—sewing was the perfect blend of practicality and creativity—she quickly became hooked! From sewing purses and yoga-mat bags for friends, to aprons and farmers market totes, Maggie loves pairing vintage fabric patterns with contemporary designs. Sewing has been a rewarding challenge for this life-long learner, and she’s excited to share her passion with you!
How does Maggie spend her free time? You can find her climbing mountains with her husband, cooking, traveling with friends, rock climbing, reading books, knitting , yoga, and of course, sewing! You can see more of her great creations @ https://www.etsy.com/shop/bobbinat5280
Rosalinda Orozco is the mother of two sons. She is self taught in art and design, and has been living in Colorado for more than 15 years. Green City Living was lucky enough to meet her when she applied to make our reusable mop covers. Little did we know that she is a true artist in her own right! She makes all of the Re-News Vases that we carry. She has a passion for creating items from environmentally friendly materials, and likes to spend her free time coming up with new ideas for new projects.