Our Mission

With every purchase you make at Bears for Humanity, we donate a bear to a child in need. And that's only the beginning!

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

Buy One Give One

a bear is donated to a child in need with every purchase

We've partnered with reputable charitable organizations to help put our teddy bears in the hands of those who need the most.

Whether it's to children with a life-threatening illness, an underprivileged home, or a needy veteran's family, our bears end up just where we want them: with someone who could use a smile.

giving partners

Giving away all these bears to children in need is hard work! Thankfully, we love what we do, and only partner with organizations that share our values. We've partnered with a number of reputable charitable organizations who each bring their own expertise to the process, and ensure that each gifted teddy bear is personally delivered with love and care to just the right child.

Global Fair Trade

a supply chain that's organic & fair trade sourced

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.
World Fair Trade Organization

what is fair trade?

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 >

organic cotton farms

We buy directly from co-op organic farmers to ensure Fair Trade practices and cost. Our factories are regularly inspected to meet GOTS certified criteria.

earth friendly & safe

Organic cotton produces 94% less greenhouse gases, and the native vegetation nurtures soil, resulting in less water usage. We use absolutely no harmful chemicals.

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

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 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.

GOTS Organic

100% certified organic fabrics and fibers

We've spent the last few years rigorously researching and developing the world's first and only organic fabric made for toys. Because our commitment is to health, safety and sustainability, we ensure that our fibers are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) while meeting Global Fair Trade practices.

What is the Global Organic Textile Standard

what is GOTS?

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the leading international body that sets the standard for processing organic fibres. "GOTS is recognized as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well". Please feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions about GOTS certification for our teddy bears.

Certified Organic

GOTS certified organic cotton

We've spent the last few years rigorously researching and developing the world's first and only organic fabric made for toys. Because our commitment is to health, safety and sustainability, we ensure that our fibers are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) while meeting Global Fair Trade practices.

Organic Fabric

fabric manufacturing

The materials used to create Bears for Humanity’s organic faux fur are developed with the strictest guidelines on sustainability and hand-feel. This proprietary fabric is the culmination of over 20 years of development by leading organic experts, a true testament to the socio-conscious mission of Bears for Humanity.

Built in the USA

stuffed, stitched and snuggled in the usa

Bears for Humanity has a clear goal, and it starts at home. We are proud to be located in Northern California, creating jobs for our community. Partnered with CalWorks, we are able to provide jobs to at-risk mothers, fathers and caregivers. Learn more at www.cdss.ca.gov/calworks. Our team in Union City California, stuff the teddy bears, hand sew the teddy bears, brush and groom the teddy bears, and ship them with love just for you.

CalWorks Welfare-to-Work Program

Calworks welfare-to-work program

Our teddy bear makers are from CalWORKs program. CalWORKs is a welfare to work program funded by fellow tax paying Americans in California. Our teddy bear makers are women and at-risk mothers with a desire and ambition to become accountable Americans.

We select and train every teddy bear maker based on 3 qualities - work ethic, character and commitment to excellence. Once they are selected, we immerse them in a hands-on training program in the art of making the perfect teddy bear.

Teddy Bear Makers

teddy bear makers

We've spent the last few years rigorously researching and developing the world's first and only organic fabric made for toys. Because our commitment is to health, safety and sustainability, we ensure that our fibers are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) while meeting Global Fair Trade practices.

Teddy Bear Journey

teddy bear journey

Unlike most stuffed toys on the market, BFH teddy bears are hand-sewn, stuffed and finished in America. This allows for remarkable control over every aspect of its production

With rigorous research and certification processes, every bear must meet some pretty high standards before going out into the world to spread a little joy. To learn more about the journey—from farm to fulfillment— The journey of Becoming the first 100% Organic & Fair Trade Teddy Bear.

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