Etsy Monday: Earth Cadets

by Lisa on May 18th, 2009

Earth Cadets is an Etsy shop that’s run by a gal I actually know here in Chicago, Krissy. We met through my old roommate and let me tell you – Krissy is uber creative. I think you’ll quickly see that in the products she makes and sells.

Krissy recently started Earth Cadets, where she sells recycled & organic hand screen printed tote bags, T-shirts, and flour sack towels.

The designs? Ultra cool.

Take a look at this tote bag, Welcome to City Town.

Or how about this tote bag, the Flower Spaz:

And of course you already know this bag, which is my personal favorite, Pears and Whales, from today’s giveaway:

A bag from Earth Cadets makes it fun to go to the grocery store. You will be toting your groceries home in unique style. And these are not the size of your “typical” reusable grocery store. No – these are roomier, and the strap is long enough to throw over your arm. I assure you – these bags are WAY better than your typical reusable grocery bag. Plus they’re covered in original art. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Krissy was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about Earth Cadets! Read below to learn more about the shop and the products you’ll find there:

1. Starting off, where did the name Earth Cadets originate?
On a walk home after eating a delicious pizza, which I think is what fuels most good ideas, my boyfriend Dave coined the name, Earth Cadets. It was really important to me to think of a name that conveyed not only the personality of the brand but our mission and Dave hit the nail on the head.

2. When did you start screen printing, and how have you chosen that method of design for your products?
I started screen printing about three years ago. It was actually just another step in my obsession with making t-shirts. I started off with iron-ons, then puffy paint (of course), followed by bleaching and stamping. Screen printing was the logical next step.

3. Why do you think it’s important to not only use recycled, but organic products as well?
The term organic describes a method of farming without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides or fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation or genetic engineering, and are certified by an accredited independent organization. Organic farming strives for a balance with nature and using methods that are of low impact to the environment. It’s right in line with the Earth Cadet’s mission of being a champion for the environment.

4. How do you come up with the fun designs that appear on your products?
All of the designs are from my own drawings. I sketch and doodle all the time and you can always bet that I have at least 3 Sharpies and a notebook in my bag ready to jot down the latest idea or play a quick game of M.A.S.H.

5. Are you planning on adding any other items to your collection in the future?
I hope to add a lot more adult organic cotton t-shirts soon. And this summer I vowed to myself that I would learn to sew and I look forward to make eco friendly pillows and printed fabrics.

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4 Responses

  1. Martha says:

    Really great stuff, Thanks Fab.
    I love tote bags!!

  2. MamabearMills says:

    so cute

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