High Standards: Non-toxic

Products for our infants, children and families should not contain toxic chemicals such as BPA, PVC (vinyl), phthalates, lead, cadmium or synthetic fragrances. The reality is, many products brought into our homes do contain toxins we can avoid. Our collection of healthier product alternatives are the safest and best product options we have found.

Avoid Common Toxics

It’s very important to us not to add to the chemical body burden of our children. Babies put everything in their mouths. They mouth toys and fists and books and toes for comfort and to get information. It’s very important that baby toys and baby feeding accessories not be made of materials or have surface treatments that could harm the babies.

It is becoming far too apparent over time that plastics touching food and drink—and not just those with BPA—may not be as safe as we have been told. Recently, it was found that most plastics leach hormone-like chemicals. Because cosmetics, such as lotions and diaper creams, can be absorbed through the skin, they also need close scrutiny for lurking toxics. We look very closely at a product before we carry it.

Though plastics are a big problem, particularly soft plastics, they aren’t the only toxic material commonly used in household products. Sometimes we find toxics added to products in an effort to make our lives less toxic, as in the case of our culture’s anti-microbial overkill.

As concern grows and research accumulates, our choices for less-toxic lives become more clear. In the meantime, we try to stay informed about developments and choose non-toxic products for you and your family. We favor natural materials, natural cleaning products, and natural healing products.

With babies and children, it is especially important to make sure anything that might go in the mouth or on the skin is non-toxic. We carry a big variety non-toxic toys, such as those from HABA and Grimm; non-toxic cosmetics and skin care, such as those from Badger; and non-toxic feeding accessories, such as Kleen Kanteen water bottles.

Original Rubber Duck

Nontoxic rubber duck

The original rubber duck wasn’t made out of soft plastics, and it didn’t have that suspicious off-gassing smell of plastic toys.

This duck, the original natural rubber ducky, was and is made from the natural latex rubber of the common rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). Rubber is sustainably harvested by tapping the sap, or milk, of the tree without the use of herbicides. The duck is handcrafted in Spain by a third-generation family business to EU safety standards. The duck is painted with non-toxic, certified lead-free paints.

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