"National Zoo Selects Soy-thanks to Treehugger.com!"


The title of this post is the subject line of a email that we recently received. Inside was this: "Just wanted to let you know that thanks to Treehugger.com, the National Zoo has chosen to have the exclusive Tai Shan plush panda made from soy! The folks at the Friends of the National Zoo learned about South West Trading Company's SOYSILK Pals plush on your site and contacted us to discuss the project. All went well and we designed and are shipping 2,000 SOYSILK pandas to the Zoo tomorrow. They will arrive just in time for giant panda cub Tai Shan's first birthday on July 9." This won't save the world and not all of us at TreeHugger are big fans of zoos, but we have to admit that it's pretty cool and that few things are as cute as pandas (see more pictures below). From the press release:

When giant panda cub Tai Shan celebrates his first birthday at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on July 9, his fans will be able to mark the occasion with the purchase of an exclusive plush replica made from soy. South West Trading Company (SWTC) of Tempe was chosen this spring by Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), the Zoo's non-profit support organization, to design and produce 2,000 of the adorable, 12-inch plush pandas using the company's Earth-friendly SOYSILK® brand fiber. The SOYSILK pandas will be sold exclusively by FONZ at National Zoo gift shops and via its online store at http://store.fonz.org beginning July 9.

"Since giant pandas are an endangered species threatened by habitat destruction, it's appropriate to make the Tai Shan plush from an environmentally friendly and renewable resource," says Jonelle Raffino, co-founder of SWTC and designer of the new SOYSILK Pals plush line that attracted FONZ's attention. "We are very proud to be involved with FONZ on this project and wish Tai Shan a very happy birthday!"

Here is the original TreeHugger post that started it all.

Happy birthday, Tai Shan!