Mahwah, NJ – October 28, 2010 When it comes to unearthing the world’s best eco-friendly, Fair Trade products, Suzanne Lippe, President of Mahwah, NJ-based, Give a Green Bag (www.giveagreenbag.com) leaves no stone unturned. Her company was recently awarded the exclusive North American distribution rights to what is perhaps the world’s “greenest” Teddy Bear. Dubbed, the “O So Green” Bear, it is made from hemp and other recycled materials on solar-powered sewing machines in Catalonia, Spain.
According to Lippe, the bears are the brainchild of Yvonne Wright, a British expatriate currently living off the grid in the province of Tarragona. “The fabrics are an extraordinary mixture of hemp, mungo (wool fibers obtained from cloth) and what is called, shoddy – shredded wool from old cloth. We’re calling it the ‘O So Green’ line of Teddy bears because the Spanish word for bear is ‘oso,’” Lippe explains.
The first bear in the “O So Green” line to come to the United States is “Avista.” “Avista means to see far off and that’s the way we like to think of the good our products are doing, although they also benefit the planet and people today,” Lippe continues. Avista is ten inches high, porridge-colored, has cream ultra-suede ears and paws, and his limbs are jointed using olive-wood buttons and Irish flax thread. Each bear in the O So Green line is a one-of-a-kind collector’s item,” Lippe concludes. Avista sells for $95 and as with all the products sold by Give A Green Bag, two percent of sales are donated to charity; in this instance, The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information on Avista and the wide range of products sold by Give a Green Bag, please visit the web site at www.giveagreenbag.com. For more information on the company or to arrange an interview, please contact Wayne Schaffel at Public Relations Network at 914-682-3363 or via e-mail at email@example.com
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