On the backside of this greeting card is a written piece about red pandas:
This auburn-eyed, shy red panda is a mascot for autumn,
with a fiery coat reminiscent of the changing leaves.
What’s Halloween without red pandas playing with pumpkins at zoos?
Rare red pandas are treasures to be grateful for every Thanksgiving.
Not raccoons, not even pandas, they are unique in their own group:
both species of red pandas are in the Ailurid family, certainly very alluring!
But just like the trees losing their leaves, we’re losing these pandas,
mostly due to deforestation and the fur trade.
These fluffy-furred, ring-tailed wonders of the world are endangered.
Yet, the red panda’s flaming fur could be their salvation.
Like the phoenix, they may rise from the ashes,
thanks to ever-expanding, adoring audiences who love them.
Hope is a fluttery, fragile thing, but as bell hooks realized,
love is a verb – or ought to be.
Go online to learn how you can help save the red pandas.
©2021 Amanda Bancroft
Ripples Greeting Cards are printed in Minnesota by employee-owned, carbon neutral print company SmartPress. Their quality printing is exceeded only by their ethics. “At Smartpress, we believe in making positive change by carefully sourcing the material we print on, continually integrating environmentally-conscious practices, and supporting our employees and local community.” Learn more.
Eco Clearbags Compostable Sleeves
If you bought one of our cards in a brick and mortar store, it came in a protective clear sleeve made of plant-based polylactic acid (PLA) and is certified compostable and food safe (Eco Clearbags). In Northwest Arkansas where Ripples Greeting Cards are designed, you can compost these “bio plastic” sleeves through Food Loops in Rogers or drop off the sleeves at Ozark Natural Foods Co-op in Fayetteville where they will be sent to Food Loops for composting. This may not be available in your area, but you might find a commercial composting facility near you.