Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Noon Solar + Shawnimals = 100% biodegradable Forest Spirit Ninja

We are excited to announce a fun collaboration with our friends and local Chicago toy business Shawnimals. We have partnered with them to make a limited edition of organic, naturally dyed and all biodegradable Shawnimal ninjas. The ninja is super cute and great for kids or toy collectors. This edition is limited to 100 ninjas, so get 'em quick!

Shawnimals Forest Spirit photo

Shawnimals Forest Spirit photo

Shawnimals Forest Spirit photo

Photo credit: Shawnimals

The Forest Spirit was once a regular Forest Ninja that literally became one with the forest – made up of everything organic around him. The Forest Spirit plush is made with:
• Organic cotton/hemp body and thread: Fleece 55% hemp 45% cotton • Stuffed with kapok tree fiber: An all-natural fiber pulled from the seed pods of the kapok tree (Tested & endorsed by Immunology Lab Environmental Health Center in Dallas, Texas) • Natural wool mask and leaves: 100% wool felt naturally dyed • Wooden eyes: Bio-degradable and natural • Hemp cord: Used for the hang tag and Leaf Satchel • Non-toxic glue: Used to adhere mask and eyes • 100% recycled paper tag printed with soy-based ink • Handmade in-house by Shawnimals • This special Handmade Edition is limited to 100pcs

Now more than ever it's important to consider the impact we have on our environment. The Forest Ninja project is as much an exploration of the organic and sustainable materials available as it is a new addition to the Ninjatown line. By supporting the companies that produce such materials, we hope to raise awareness of what's available, and new ways to use them. In addition, we know that every component that goes into the Forest Spirit is completely bio-degradable – it won't sit in a landfill for thousands of years. The Forest Spirit came from the forest and it can become one with it some day!

Also check out the great Forest Ninja post on Treehugger

Jane and Marianne Profiled in Time Out Chicago for Earth Day

Earth angels

In honor of Earth Week, we salute a few of Chicago’s solar-powered, park-loving, garden-growing gurus. They might even persuade you to join their cause.

Job Fresh out of art school in late 2004, this dynamic duo started Noonsolar, an ecofriendly design company that makes solar-panel-covered bags, which carry your belongings and charge your cell phone and iPod. “One of our goals was to make our product fashionable,” Fairbanks says. “Solar panels are associated with a crunchy vibe. We wanted to incorporate them with the urban day-to-day.”
On the side Both are gardening enthusiasts. Palmer keeps an all-organic native garden while Fairbanks made a raised bed and aerates and reseeds her lawn.
Favorite green buys Center for Green Technology’s dirt-cheap composting equipment, native plants at Grand Street Gardens (2200 W Grand Ave), the natural cuisine of Lula Cafe (2537 N Kedzie Blvd, 773-489-9554).
Eco-tip “We have a lot of friends who garden,” Palmer says. “We do seed sharing or seedling sharing—giving unused seed packets to friends.”

Source: Time Out Chicago