Eli Lapaix / Freedom Ninja

Eli Lapaix / Freedom Ninja

Eli Lapaix is 9 years old and loves sports, reading, math, music, and art. He has been experimenting with origami for over a year, and recently came up with the idea of using paper "ninja stars" as a symbol of empowerment. After experiencing an episode at school where he was being bullied, he decided to speak up: "Each one of us is a star." The ninja star can help focus on one's own uniqueness, and also signal that we are not alone and can defend ourselves.

Eli has dedicated a portion of the proceeds from sales to anti-bullying campaigns. Each product is handmade from paper; some of them are additionally colored.