We’ve been making Wally for over 5 years now. Trevor Collins in San Diego shows us a classic indoor installation method. He’s growing Anthurium, Maidenhair Ferns, Pothos, Rubber Plant, Spider Plant, Calathea and Dracaena in his Pockets. Way to go Trevor!
We were thrilled when Patagonia approached us last year about their new division, Patagonia Provisions. Patagonia has been passionate about food for a long time. On their many travels they realized the food they were consuming would become a vital part of the experience. Patagonia states, “What we eat does more than just fill our stomachs and nourish our bodies; good food lifts our spirits and helps us understand the world a little better.” With Patagonia Provisions, their goal will stay the same as with everything they do. They will aim to make the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and they hope out of everything they do to inspire solutions to the environmental crisis. In the upcoming months and years, they will offer a growing selection of foods that address environmental issues and they will continue to encourage support of local food producers. They are confident their success with help establish a model for a new kind of food chain.
Patagonia’s reason for being (AKA their mission statement), “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crises” and we couldn’t agree more! Patagonia grew out of a small company that made tools for climbers. While Alpinism remains at the heart of their worldwide business, they still make clothes for silent sports that give us moments of connections between ourselves and nature. These sports include climbing, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, along with paddling and trail running. Patagonia works steadily to reduce harms created by their business activity and use recycled materials and organic ingredients as much as possible.
We know what you are thinking (besides all the great things about Patagonia), what does this have to do with Woolly Pocket? Patagonia Provisions has chosen our Mini Wally to be sold and distributed in their Patagonia Provisions stores. We too, have similar visions as Patagonia. We work Woolly hard being green and take immense pride in using recycled materials and using USA made products. Woolly Pockets have two main components: the breathable felt and the built-in moisture barrier. The breathable portion is made of 100% recycled plastic bottles that have been industrially felted. The military-grade moisture barrier is made from 60% recycled plastic bottles. We stitch each pocket together by hand in the USA with a double lock stitch and strong, UV-resistant nylon threads.
Wild Sockeye Salmon is featured in these pictures! Description from Patagonia: Our Lightly Smoked Wild Sockeye Salmon is made with fish harvested from the Situk River, near Yakutat, Alaska. This is a small, community-based fishery, using short-soak set nets with a low by-catch rate. Because the fishing takes place in the river itself – as opposed to the open ocean where many salmon stocks mingle – the fishermen are able to target a specific, sustainable salmon population. This is the kind of fishery we’re proud to support. But the true test lies in the taste. We’ve worked with our favorite chefs to create the kind of delicious, wholesome food we like to share with friends on the trail and at home. In other words, this is good food. For you and the planet.
Do you have a bright wall already, that well, could use a little more color? Living Walls not only add color and depth to your walls, they can also tame that wild wall! Tagawa Gardens in Centennial, California knew what they were doing!
Who: The Horticultural Society of New York has been cultivating Urban Gardeners since 1902. Founded in 1900 and incorporated in 1902, the goal of the Horticultural Society was to further the love and knowledge of horticulture through informative monthly meetings, formal lectures and season flower shows. 100 years later and they are still growing as a community of urban gardeners. They recognize the interrelatedness and complexity of the “green” issues in the city, and their efforts are to educate and inform across the spectrum.
Their Mission: The Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort) is to sustain the vital connection between people and plants. Our social service and public programs educate and inspire, growing a broad community that values horticulture for the many benefits it brings to our environment, our neighborhoods, and our lives.
How Cool: The Hort also offers Professional Development Courses for teachers. The courses are designed to impact student achievements through the professional development of teachers. We here at Woolly Pocket were given a chance to donate to their greenwall course for teachers back in 2011 and again this year. This year they had 22 teachers attend! They created a temporary greenwall with our pockets to plant in. Pam Ito, Director of Children’s Education for The Hort said, “Each teacher got at least 5 plants to take back to their classrooms. They left that night with huge smiles and their completed Wally’s under their arms.” The pictures you see are from both years of 2011 and 2013.
The brand new Golden Gate Park CommUNITY garden is fantastic! There are raised beds along with a beautiful vertical garden designed by the Flora Grubb team using our Wallys. More info on how to be part of the community garden, visit here.