Before becoming a parent I wasn’t conscious about some of the decisions I made about my health or well-being. I was raised a certain way and never thought about some of the products I used or what they had in them. Then I became a parent and suddenly I was super conscious about everything my little one came in contact with. This is especially true when it comes to toys. Before I started researching what goes into making some of the most popular toys brands, I had no idea some of the ingredients were potentially harmful but when I really sat down and did some research I was horrified. I started researching before buying and since have been pretty happy with the purchases we made.
Bears for Humanity was founded by a mother who was on a quest to give her twins, Arianna and Rowan. She made sure to purchase healthy, organic foods as well as organic clothing and toys for her little ones, wanting to make sure they got the best she could possibly provide. When she received a toy bear as a gift from her brother that he purchased with his first paycheck, it became precious to her and inspired her to find the perfect, organic teddy bear for her twins. Unfortunately, organic teddy bears didn’t exist at that point, so, together with Barbara Filippone of EnviroTextile, the worlds leading expert on Organic Fabrics, she spent 3 years working to develop the perfect teddy bear.
While creating an organic teddy bear was the initial goal, the founders of Bears for Humanity had another mission in mind. In the United States alone, 3 million children are living below the poverty line, 1 million are currently residing in foster care and nearly half a million are living on the streets. The founders of BH wanted to do something to make their lives a little better in any way they could, thus creating the “Buy One, Give One” model where every bear sold is another bear donated to children in need.
Supporting families in need and helping their community is something that is very important to Vijay and Renju, the founders of Bears for Humanity, so, they’ve worked hard to bring the manufacturing of their Organic bears for America and more specifically, to Northern California where they’re raising their own children. They have facilities in Silicon Valley and work in partnership with the CalWorks employment program that employs at-risk Mothers.
disclaimer: we were given a bear in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are entirely our own.