Ecobears is a concept that was created by Yvonne Jane Wright & David Antony Sterricker, and began February 1996. Ecobears include teddy bear characters, gifts, accessories, mascots, books, illustrations, cartoons, toys & games – to bring a global awareness of eco materials & alternative (solar) energy.
Ecobears began life many years ago as a combination of two passions: soft toymaking and environmental interest – with the very first Ecobear named Harvest born on February, 29th, 1996.
Using a hemp/recycled cotton/recycled wool mix fabric, which was very unusual at the time, making Ecobears the first toys of the 20th century to be made from such materials. We were honoured with Best Newcomer Award from the British Toymakers’ Guild – 30th January, 2000 – Chelsea Old Town Hall. The British Toymakers’ Guild was founded in 1955 to promote excellence in toymaking.