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With every purchase, we donate a bear to a child in need.

Bears for Humanity is trailblazing the social e-commerce space by committing our for-profit efforts to helping our community and sustain the earth.

Organic, Fair Trade Supply Chain

From farm to fulfillment, our plush toys are made using only 100% GOTS Certified Organic materials and Global Fair Trade practices, while employing at-risk women from Welfare-to-Work programs right here in the United States.

Organic Farming

organic cotton farms

We buy directly from co-op organic farmers to ensure Fair Trade practices and cost. Our

Earth Friendly & Safe

earth friendly & safe

Organic cotton produces 94% less greenhouse gases, and the native vegetation nurtures soil, resulting in less water usage. We use

Gin Weave & Dye

gin, weave & dye

Knits & weaves create fabrics such as fleece, velour and our plush micro sherpa. While following GOTS guidelines, fabrics are then treated with soft, natural colors.

Pack & Ship

pack & ship

From the hard-working farmers and builders, to the materials used (even our stuffing is made from recycled bottles and caps) our product is ready for gifting. Finally, our toys are packaged using recycled boxes and a great amount of care.

Built In The USA

built in USA

Once shipped to our Union City, CA facility, the animal pals are ready to be built. We employ at-risk women from Welfare-to-Work programs to hand sew, stuff and brush the toys, putting that final loving touch on every product.

cut, sew & shear

Fabrics are cut and sewn into adorable shapes by women in Fair Trade. They’re then washed and shorn to the perfect length to create a soft, plush shell.

World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) is a global network of organisations representing an integrated supply chain whose practices are checked against compliance criteria set by the WFTO Fair Trade Standard & ILO conventions. Learn more
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. Learn more

Message From The Founders

- Renju Prathap

Our Story

When I became a mother of twins 2 years ago, my worldview totally shifted. The only important thing was the health and well being of my two little ones. I wanted to give them the best; the healthiest organic foods and of course the safest toys and clothes.

My older brother started working and he bought me a white teddy bear with his very first paycheck. The bear’s special red ribbon and soft fur were very precious to me, and that gift has always reminded me of my loving family and the importance of generosity. So naturally it was very important to me to find the perfect organic Teddy bears for little Rohan and Arianna. I was incredibly surprised then to find that organic faux fur teddy bears simply don’t exist. When my husband Vijay found out, a curiosity was sparked. At first we were in disbelief. But the more research we did, it became clear that the large toy manufacturers just aren’t interested in investing the time and money to develop organic materials. Synthetic fur made from plastic is just so much cheaper and it turns out high quality organic faux fur is extremely difficult to make. That’s when we approached Barbara Filippone of EnviroTextile, the world’s leading expert on Organic Fabrics and an amazing materials scientist. Together we have spent the last 3 years tirelessly developing manufacturing methods to bring this technology to the world.

But developing the perfect teddy bear was only one part of our goal. The gift of a teddy bear changed my life. Now, I would like to do the same for the millions of children today who experience the hardships of loss and poverty. In the United States alone there are 3 million children living below the poverty line, 1 million in foster care, and nearly half a million Children without permanent homes. So, Vijay and I began to think of ways to do what we can to make their lives better. We thought, let’s find a way to give our bears to the children that need them most. And that is when we started working on our “Buy one - Give One” model. For every bear sold, we will donate a bear to a needy child through our wide network of giving partners.

We also understand the importance of providing for our families and supporting our community. That’s why it was so important to me to find a way to bring the manufacturing to America, and specifically to Northern California where my children will grow up. We have our facilities right in the backyard of Silicon Valley, and in partnership with the CalWorks employment program we will put at-risk Mothers to work.

We hope you will join us in our mission by choosing your teddy bear from Bears for Humanity. The bear you buy will give your loved one a lifelong memory, and the bear you give will bring joy to a child who desperately needs it.



The Team


Renju Prathap

Renju Prathap


With a heart of gold, Renju’s dedication to helping those in need led us on this path of discovery and the founding of our company

Vijay Prathap

Vijay Prathap

Chief Giver

With a long track record of multi-million revenue generation and success in software sales, and a history of work in the non-profit sector, Vijay has the drive, energy and charisma to lead our team and inspire future entrepreneurs.

Deb Bookstaber

Deb Bookstaber

Digital Marketing

Debbie has over a dozen years of marketing experience at brands such as Expedia and Travelocity. She also serves as the Director of Social Media for Child’s Play Communications in New York, NY

Thomas Kuoh

Thomas Kuoh

Creative Director

Successful commercial photographer and visual communications expert, Thomas plays an integral role in marketing and telling our story visually.

Lisa Orman

Lisa Orman

Public Relations

Lisa of KidStuff PR has been helping small and medium specialty toy manufacturers and retailers grow for the past 21 years.

Jennifer Ward

Jennifer Ward

Product Designer

Jennifer has been helping design and create products for the toy, gift, and pet markets since 1992. Aside from her technical expertise, her work is just so darn cute!

Advisory Team:

Christine Osborne

Christine Osborne

Board of Advisors

Owner of award winning Wonder Work Toys in Charleston, board member of Toy Association ASTRA, Christine’s mission for empowering children makes her a perfect torch bearer for our vision.

Peter C Kirwan Jr.

Peter C Kirwan Jr.

Board of Advisors

Serial Entrepreneur, Peter has founded many companies such as Webmetrics, Collexion, and served as CTO of NaviSite, as well as taken many thru IPO. Peter advises and operates within many startups and mature companies.

Garett Awad

Garett Awad

Board of Advisors

Former Director of Retail Marketing for TOMS shoes, Garett shares the vision and has the experience to help us get to the next level.


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