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Top 5 Reasons to Go to the Green Festival!

Friday, May 11th, 2012

1. The Green Kids Zone!

This photo of the Chicago Green Festival can’t even capture all the fun being had:

- Artterro bookmaking project       – Story Time Yoga

- Hula hoops & balance boards     – Delicious snacks from Cliffbar

- Two very different petting zoos (one with fuzzy bunnies and one with less fuzzy millipedes, roaches, worms and tarantulas!)

2. Scary Styrofoam Monster!

It’s huge, right?  Actually, this big, unfriendly giant is made up of only a fraction of the Styrofoam containers that the New York city school system uses Every Single Day.  Now that is scary.  But it also seems like something that would be easy to fix, if enough people speak out about it.  The Green Festival is a great place to learn about problems while simultaneously brainstorming solutions and making connections with others who want to help.

3. Delicious Organic/ Fairtrade/ Handmade/ Heirloom/ Raw/ Nutritious FOOD!

There was something for everyone in Chicago, from raw lemon bars to vegan lasagna.  I think we sampled every brand of fair trade chocolate known to man.  Yum.

4. The message of “Less Consumerism and Better Consumerism.”

So many of us buy more than we need, wasting money, resources and space.  Events like the Green Festival remind us of the cost of excessive consumerism, and also give us great alternatives to consider.  Some of our favorites from the festival are Mata Traders for gorgeous fair trade dresses and accessories handcrafted by a women’s cooperative in India, Malia Designs for beautiful bags and wallets that support organizations dedicated to ending human trafficking, and Cliffbar, one of the event’s sponsors and a great green business role model.

5. Meeting future leaders of the Green Movement:Seeing so many kids running around the Green Festival, learning about their world and what they can do to protect it from harm, is so inspiring and hopeful!  These kids will grow up very aware of the challenges we face and they’ll have the tools they need to think of CREATIVE solutions!

Thanks to everyone at Green Festivals for organizing a wonderful event and inviting us to be a part of it.  You inspire us!

NY Gift Fair: Finding Our Niche

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

One of the coolest things about the New York International Gift Fair is how it promotes sustainable ideals and innovative products.  We were thrilled to have our Art Journal Kit and Wool Felt Bug Kit selected for the SustainAbility: Design for a Better World display, which meant being eligible for one of the exclusive Eco-Choice Awards.

SustainAbility Display

Only about half of the applicants were chosen for the display, so we felt incredibly honored to be included!

Here’s the bug habitat we made to show off our Wool Felt Bug Kit.

Art Bug Habitat

We also tried for the Best New Product with our Art Journal Kits.  Here they are in the Baby & Child display:

Although we didn’t take home any awards this time, it felt great to be recognized for our values along with our product design, and we left the gift fair feeling like we had connected with just the like-minded retailers we’ve been looking for.

We wrote orders for eco-boutiques on the hunt for sustainable, sophisticated gifts, museum stores looking for the next generation of arts and crafts for their art-loving customers and eclectic gift shops that are responding positively to consumer demand for US-made products.

Our Eco Art Kits were just what these buyers were looking for!  People told us over and over that they were grateful we were there.  We are proud to partner with so many stores that share our values.  Here are just a few of our newest retail partners:

The Guggenheim Museum

Fair Indigo

Contemporary Jewish Museum

greendesign

Green Ink

Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

We can’t wait to reach a whole new audience through these great accounts.

As always, if you have a favorite local store that you think should stock our kits, please tell the manager!  Or tell us and we’ll contact them for you.  Word-of-mouth is the best advertising for a small, sustainable business like ours!

NY Gift Fair: Booth Transformation!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

We had an absolutely amazing time at the New York International Gift Fair!  Our shipping department is bustling, and will be for months, thanks to our wonderful new accounts.  We were blown away by the glowing reviews and delighted responses we got from store owners and buyers everyday.  Thank you NYC!

Happy Artterro Owners, Forrest & Jen.

Designing our booth is always an especially fun trade show challenge–how do you catch the eye of busy, overwhelmed buyers and press people on the hunt for the hottest new products and trends of 2012?  We decided to highlight our beautiful materials with some handmade art of our own.  Our booth went from this:

The empty booth

To this:

Halfway there…

To (finally!) this:

Finished Booth!

Here are some close-ups on the homemade flag banner, paper crane mobile and various shadow boxes full of Artterro art:

A book in our gallery.

Paper Crane Mobile

Paper Flag Banner

Owls, flowers, spiders and more…

Bright & Cheerful

Stay tuned!  More New York excitement to come, including our debut in the SustainAbility showcase and the Best New Product competition!

Artterro’s Eileen Fisher Adventure

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

We’re back from our whirlwind New York City trip!  We couldn’t wait to share some of our favorite moments with the Eileen Fisher company and our fellow grant winners, so here’s a sneak peak of what we were up to last week–making great new friends and learning from inspiring, sustainable business role models.

From the left–our three fellow grantees Holli Harris, Esmerelda Kent and Kari Erickson-Valenzuela, Eileen Fisher herself, Forrest and Jen.

They hosted 2 mini trade shows for current and past grant winners at both the downtown design center/showroom and at corporate headquarters. Here’s Jen at the Artterro table.

Here’s Forrest telling the Artterro story at the mini trade show in the yoga room of the Manhattan design offices.

Out for lunch near the headquarters in Irvington.

Fellow grantee, Holli Harris of HadleyStilwell (maker of stylish and practical nursing clothes for working moms).

The beautiful Eileen Fisher headquarters in Irvington, NY. We've never seen so many people happy to be at work!

All in all, it was an amazing trip, and in our next post we’ll let you in on some of the insights we gained and how our Artterro momentum will build as a result.