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Best of Silicon Valley 2011

Metro Newspapers: Green Planet Yarn is the Best Place to Get Tied Up

Best of Silicon Valley 2009

GPY was voted the Best Green Business by readers in the San Jose Mercury News 8th annual Best of Silicon Valley survey. The 2009 results were released Sunday, June 28th as an insert to the Sunday edition. We are honored to receive such recognition and we will continue to do our absolute best to offer a wide selection of natural fibers and feature multiple sources of organic, fair trade, domestic, recycled, and low impact dyed fibers.

Best of Silicon Valley

United Nations Declared 2009 as the International Year of Natural Fibers

The International Year of Natural Fibers was officially launched on January 22, 2009, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome. Visit: for more information. The web site has a great deal of information but the following excerpt appears on the main page: "OBJECTIVES: Raise awareness and stimulate demand for natural fibres; Promote the efficiency and sustainability of the natural fibres industries; Encourage appropriate policy responses from governments to the problems faced by natural fibre industries; Foster an effective and enduring international partnership among the various natural fibres industries."

"Keep the Fleece" is an initiative celebrating the International Year of Natural Fibers. More information may be found at

Giving at Green Planet Yarn

GPY is a drop-off location for the below non-profits, whereby we pay the shipping to the Mother Bear headquarters and a knitting volunteer picks up the Project Linus blankets. These organizations distribute your handmade items to those in need:

  • The Mother Bear Project puts handmade teddy bears in the hands of African children who have been affected by Aids.We stock both knitted and crocheted patterns for which you may reimburse us, or you may order your pattern directly from the Mother Bear Project. Please remember to attach a "heart" tag to your bear(s).
  • Project Linus collects and distributes handmade blankets to newborns in need. Please remember to include your name and address with the blanket(s) for the Project Linus records.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is the trusted leader dedicated to ending local hunger. Since its inception in 1974, Second Harvest has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to an average of nearly one quarter of a million people each month. The Food Bank mobilizes individuals, companies, and community partners to connect people to the nutritious food they need. Nearly half of the food distributed is fresh produce. Second Harvest also plays a leading role in promoting federal nutrition programs and educating families on how to make healthier food choices.

Additionally, we will wind non-GPY yarn for customers who give $3 per skein to either the Keep the Fleece or Mother Bear Project or Second Harvest Food Bank. Checks should be made payable to your organization of choice or cash will be placed in the appropriate donation slot.

Film Crew Visits GPY

Film Crew

On September 15th 2008, Green Planet Yarn was busy with a film crew from Comcast Best of the City. It was very exciting with a cameraman, boom and director! GPY was one of the featured green businesses in the area. If you are a Comcast Digital Customer, you can view the video by going to On Demand / Get Local / Best of the City / Style & Shopping / SF Green Planet Yarn. If you don’t have Comcast Digital, watch it here:

Employment Opportunities at Green Planet Yarn

Every once in a while we are looking for additional staff. Contact us if you are a knitter and interested in working a few hours a week in GPY. The ability to work any day of the week or evening is a plus since we are open seven days a week. Send a copy of your resume and an e-mail to: