North Shore Artist’s iphone Cov­ers Help The En­vi­ron­ment

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Central Oahu Islander - By JAIMIE KIM

Fans of artist Heather Brown now may proudly dis­play her art­work wher­ever they may be — plus, it’s for a good cause.

The North Shore res­i­dent re­cently re­leased three limited- edi­tion iPhone 5 cases through Tru Pro­tec­tion Inc., a com­pany that of­fers mo­bile and hand­held de­vices while seek­ing to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment.

A por­tion of the pro- ceeds from each of the cases go to var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions that are fur­ther­ing ef­forts to in­crease en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness.

“I am most in­spired in cre­at­ing art for the iPhone cov­ers by the fact that 15 per­cent of all sales go to char­i­ties and foun­da­tions that I care deeply about,” said Brown.

Her re­la­tion­ship with each of the or­ga­ni­za­tions has been cul­ti­vated through the years through a mu­tual love of the en­vi­ron­ment.

“I have been work­ing with th­ese foun­da­tions for years, and I be­lieve so strongly in the work that they do, and how des­per­ately they need the funds to keep do­ing the good work,” she said.

Pro­ceeds from the Jun­gle Gi­raffe case go to the Seathos Foun­da­tion, which seeks to raise aware­ness and pro­mote the ed­u­ca­tion of the hu­man im­pact on the ocean, ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

“They are great peo­ple who are just try­ing to do what we all want to see: Clean up our oceans and water­ways, and show peo­ple what hu­mans have done, and what we can do to try re­vers­ing our ef­fects,” said Brown.

The sec­ond re­cip­i­ent, Kokua Hawaii Foun­da­tion on the North Shore, seeks to fur­ther en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion in schools and through­out the com­mu­ni­ties of Hawaii.

“I think they are one of the sin­gle most im­por­tant groups in our Is­lands, teach­ing the keiki from a young age about tak­ing bet­ter care of our earth and bod­ies,” she said.

Fi­nally, the Hi­bis­cus Sun­set iPhone 5 case ben- efits Waves for Wa­ter, which, ac­cord­ing to its web­site, seeks to pro­vide clean wa­ter to com­muni- ties through­out the world.

“Waves for Wa­ter is great, be­cause they are do­ing so much with the money they re­ceive,” she said.

“They are not just ‘rais­ing aware­ness’ for their cause, they are putting their feet to the pave­ment.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Waves for Wa­ter web­site, the or­ga­ni­za­tion has dis­trib­uted more than 100,000 fil­ters through­out the world, pro­vid­ing more than 7,500,000 peo­ple with ac­cess to clean wa­ter.

It comes as no sur­prise, then, that Brown’s in­spi­ra­tion for her art­work stems from ev­ery­thing around her.

“The beauty of Hawaii that sur­rounds us each day is what fills me with my in­spi­ra­tion,” she said.

The cases are avail­able for pur­chase on Tru Pro­tec­tion’s web­site, trupro­tec­tion. com, each for $39.95. For more in­for­ma­tion on the artist, visit her web­site, heather­brow­nart.com.

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