Buying Club starts tomorrow!

Tomorrow I start taking orders for the 2nd ever Eco-friendly USA Buying Club. Several people tried to claim the wooden teething rings from H3idiho Designs yesterday– you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to officially lay claim from them. Her jewelry, etc are the only products in limited quantities, so potentially you’ll want to claim one tomorrow if you really want one. There are new vendors, new deals, and new samples available since the Sep. order. Check out the note below for all details. Also important to note is the fact that we won’t be doing another order until February, so plan accordingly. And, please help me spread the word by sharing this info with friends, family, co-workers, etc….

If you’re not on FB, you can still claim items from H3idiho Designs by commenting on this album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.755110171171292.1073741831.397517646930548&type=3

Full details: https://ecofriendlyusa.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/nov-buying-club/

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Review of Simply Gum

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Review of Simply Gum, handcrafted in New York City. A little over a week ago someone shared a blog post with me revealing the fact that Glee Gum & all other “natural” gums in the US contain polyvinyl acetate in their base. They can get away with calling it natural as the base is not digested, the digestible ingredients are natural. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be chewing on a piece of plastic, even if it does taste good for a few minutes (blog post here: http://themindfulhome.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-truth-about-glee-gum-made-with.html).

The AWESOME news is, within 2 hours of sharing that post, I had a message in my inbox from the CEO of the newly released Simply Gum, who is a huge fan of my page! Info she gave me about their brand new product: “we’re the ONLY 100% Natural gum in the US. We use only 6 ingredients and we list each of them on our label. We’re completely transparent and we don’t hide behind the term ‘gum base.’ We decided to create this product after seeing how all other gum companies don’t even tell consumers what’s truly in the product – gum base contains over 80 synthetic ingredients – many of which are potential toxins.” The 6 ingredients are: organic dried cane juice, all natural chicle, organic vegetable glycerin, all natural cinnamon flavor, organic sunflower lechitin, organic rice flour. That’s it!

I asked for a sample, which I received yesterday & I can tell you it’s a very unique gum indeed. The packaging is fabulous: simple, but charming. The gum itself does have a natural look. The closest thing I can compare it too is a chunk of amber resin that I’ve used in the past as a natural perfume, which kind of looks like a brown rock. My toddler is in love with gum, and when he 1st saw this gum he was not impressed, saying “no Mama, I don’t like it”, as it didn’t look like any gum he’s ever seen. Dada & I popped a piece in & started enjoying it immediately so he gave it a try too, and we all really like it. It has a mild, not spicy, cinnamon flavor & I really enjoyed the texture as well. The flavor lasted longer than what I’m used to with Glee, which loses its flavor almost immediately. I chewed mine for probably 20 minutes. Then, I went to the bathroom & came out to find my toddler under the table with the pack of gum. I asked him for it & he handed me an empty pack—he had the entire remainder of the pack (10/12 pieces) in his mouth at once. It was this huge ball (for a toddler). So, I guess you can say he likes it. I was immediately sad that it was gone, as I wanted more. I took several photos before it disappeared, but none turned out with my lousy camera- I really wanted to show you what it looked like! I’m so excited to be among the 1st in the country to try this gum. It is available in select Whole Foods, online through their website, and I’m proud to say it’ll be available through the Buying Club as well, for $2.99/pack of 12 pieces. If you enjoy gum, I think you should give this a try, and support the only TRULY natural gum on the market (to my knowledge). Also, it’d make a great stocking stuffer/gift for the gum lovers in your life! I can’t wait to stock up on it myself (and keep it hidden from my toddler).

Has anyone seen it in their Whole Foods and/or tried it?

Website: http://www.simplygum.com/

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/SimplyGum?fref=ts

Molly’s Suds Review- powdered laundry detergent

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Review of Molly’s Suds powdered laundry detergent, made in St. Petersburg, Florida. Molly’s Suds has been on my safe list for some time after Monica shared her great product info with me as I was forming my “safe/approved” list. She/many of you know I love soap nuts (EcoNuts specifically), but I wanted to round out my safe list with both a liquid (MamaSuds) & powdered detergent so there’s something for everyone. I’m very happy she sent along a 70-load sample along with the box of goodies you all ordered through the Sep. Buying Club order, so I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now. I can say that it completely lives up to my expectations & the peppermint essential oil leaves a faint but pleasant fresh smell. Many using soap nuts have commented at the less than fresh smell left on their clothes, although many of us don’t want our clothes to smell like anything. That being said, I haven’t used conventional laundry products for a few years now & don’t expect my clothes to be sparkling clean. With any natural laundry detergent your best results will come if you don’t let stains set in to begin with. I didn’t put this to any red wine stain test or anything, just have been using it on our normal, everyday laundry and am completely satisfied with the results. The cloth diaper powder is a new product. The standard laundry powder can be used on cloth diapers but does contain the peppermint essential oil which can void some diaper warranties, which is one reason Monica developed a specific laundry powder just for cloth diapers. I stuck with using my soap nuts for my cloth diapers, as I was a bit weary of using the peppermint oil.

Here are the details of Molly’s Suds:
Laundry powder ingredients: Proprietary blend of sodium carbonate from the Green River Basin in Wyoming, sodium bicarbonate, epsom salt (epsomite) and sea salt. While there are no perfumes, which are neurotoxic and petroleum based, there is a very minimal amount of organic peppermint essential oil. Additional info from Monica: ”Another note for you about our Laundry Powder is that our sodium carbonate is NOT super washing soda… It’s mined from the Green River Basin and crushed, packaged and shipped to us. Most detergents in the industry use the solvay synthetic and processed from ash (hense soda ash) and it’s not natural. We use food grade, aluminum free sodium bicarbonate safe for use in organic formulations and food. We use only corn and gluten free sea salt without the use of separators, fillers and anti-caking agents, it’s more pure than table salt, crazy what they put in table salt. Our Epsom salt is pharmaceutical grade and pure. Also zero anti caking agents, free flowing additives or conditioners- found in most all Epsom salts. None of our ingredients are of animal origin. No melamine- also common in “homemade” packaged laundry powders. It’s very pure, and while I know it’s not soap nuts it’s a fabulous alternative and more pure and primal than homemade detergent people make that has so many hidden ingredients they aren’t aware of.” Ingredients are from USA and the molding for the bottles and scoops are all done in USA as well but she can’t guarantee that the raw material is from USA.

You can purchase a 1-2 load sample for $2.75 if you’d like to give it a try before committing to the 70 or 128-load bag. Also available is a cloth diaper powder, dog shampoo, All-sport wash, wool dryer balls & a starter pack with a combo of these—check it out:

I know many of you have tried this detergent, please share your feedback on it too!
Website: http://www.mollyssuds.com/
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/mollysuds?fref=ts

Glee Gum NOT so natural

Glee Gum lovers, you’re not going to be happy about what I have to tell you… Thanks to Amy, a wise-Mama on the page with her own blog, it was revealed what the base of their gum is: Polyvinyl Acetate. I just bought Glee Gum for my son for the 1st time a month or so ago, as I saw it at my food co-op, saw all the great things it doesn’t contain which are clearly labeled on the package: No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners (no aspartame). Non-GMO Project Verified, made from sustainably harvested rainforest chicle. Sounds good, right?
A couple of reminders come out of this: 1: Just because it’s on the shelves of your food co-op (Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s) DOESN’T mean it’s great. 2: Companies are great at telling you what their products DON’T contain, while leaving out which less than desirable ingredients they do contain. When I asked on Glee’s FB wall if their gum still contains this ingredient here was their response: “Our current gum base formula is confidential– but we CAN tell you that we have an exciting new formula coming later this year!”
As you’ll read in the Amy’s blog post, they claim they’re working on removing it, as their response to me indicates…. So, stay tuned. http://themindfulhome.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-truth-about-glee-gum-made-with.html
And, the alternative?! Simply gum, the only TRULY natural gum on the market!! http://www.simplygum.com/. Available through the buying club’s quarterly order: https://ecofriendlyusa.wordpress.com/donations-now-accepted/eco-friendly-usa-buying-club-2/

Cold Bee Gone Review

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Review of Cold Bee Gone, made in New Hampshire. It’s official—cold season is upon us. I am thankful that I was sent a bottle of this to have on hand. Of course I was hoping I wouldn’t need it, but I did have a chance to test it out last week after my 2 ½ year old came down with a cold. I didn’t do a controlled study, and I didn’t use this product alone so it’s impossible for me to say how well it really worked. I used it in conjunction with increased levels of Vitamin D3 and elderberry, Echinacea, zinc syrup. I can say that while his cold stuck around for the better part of a week, it didn’t progress past the point of a slight runny nose with congestion and a little cough (only during the night & when he got worked up). My feelings are that it’s a great product to have as part of your natural medicine arsenal to start using as soon as you feel/see symptoms coming on, or when everyone else around you is coming down with something. When I mentioned that we were using this product on my page many of you expressed interest in trying it. So, I’m happy to announce that it will be available to purchase through the November Buying club order (I’ll attach that note below).

Ingredients: proprietary apitherapy blend including raw honeys, essential oils, citrus, lavender, L-Ascorbic acid.

Info about the product from their website:

What is Cold Bee Gone? Cold Bee Gone is a remedy that you swab inside your nose to help support your body’s fight against cold and flu.  It is a unique blend of the world’s most powerful medicinal honeys and essential oils. Targeting the treatment in the nose allows the remedy to work its magic where most cold and flu replicate.  It smells pleasant, is gentle, natural and effective!

How does it work? Did you know 95% of colds and flu start in your nasal passages?  They enter by being breathed in or by touching your nose, eyes or even ears!  The germs travel to your nasal passages where it can remain dormant for up to three days before it passes it’s “code” to your cells.  Then your cells do all the dirty work by replicating the virus millions of times over.  That is when you will start to feel that familiar tickle in your throat signaling imminent illness.  Every time you swab, within 15 minutes your nasal cilia (tiny hairs) deliver the remedy directly to the back of your nasal passages where germs replicate. That’s when Cold Bee Gone Nasal Swab Remedy goes to work to help support your body’s fight against cold or flu!

**When used as a daily preventative people report that they are often the only person who escapes illness when everyone around them is sick!

**Fans of CBG report that they experience shorter colds, milder symptoms and a lack of a stuffy nose, which is often the most miserable part of a cold!

As always, I enjoy hearing from you. Let me know if you’ve used this, and how it works for you!

Website: http://www.buzzagogo.com/

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ColdBeeGone

Buying Club info: https://www.facebook.com/notes/eco-friendly-babyfamily-products-made-in-the-usa/eco-friendly-usa-buying-club-a-one-stop-shop-for-safe-products/716799785002331

Nov. Buying Club

For those of you new to my page: I’ve been doing reviews for about a year to fulfill my mission to find the safest products on the market for my family & yours. In that process I have discovered several fabulous lines of products that I’ve happily shared with the page. Many people express interest in trying products from these companies, but then find out how much shipping is for the couple of items they’d like to try & they get discouraged & don’t place that order. The idea is to place infrequent, but large orders with each company as a group. After the November order we’ll be going to quarterly, so the next order won’t be until February. I won’t be selling lines like Earth Mama Angel Baby or Dr. Bronner’s (for example) even though they’re on my safe list, as they’re readily available if not locally, on Vitacost, Amazon, Etc & I can’t come close to competing with the prices they offer. Also, from those companies you have to order by the case, whereas the companies I’m dealing with are small enough that they’re willing to work with our need to purchase eaches (which is crucial to this whole idea!). Getting your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors to go in on an order with you is a great idea, as I can ship it all in one box, and you can divide shipping costs amongst yourselves- so share this idea!!

At this time, there is no discount on product (unless noted). So, what is the advantage of ordering as a group? Consolidated shipping costs! My homemade deodorant is a good example of how expensive it is to ship. I ask $8 for a jar, and it costs $5 to ship via the USPS, they make just about as much as I do. So, many have expressed interest, but then find out shipping doubles the cost & are less interested. Now, you can purchase a jar of my deodorant, a handmade (by me) tie-dyed onesie, dish soap from Poofy Organics, face wash from Fiddlebump’s, toothpaste from Earthpaste, a box of EcoNuts, a bottle of castile soap from MamaSuds, laundry powder from Molly’s Suds, a body scrub from Simply Rustic (for example) & you’ll only pay one shipping fee and receive it all in one box from me to you. I know the USPS rate options well, and flat rate boxes can fit quite a bit of product, so having that box as full as possible saves you money. The idea is that you can order as much as you want, from whichever companies you want, and the more the better.

What I need from you: I need you to be patient, and realize that this is a slow process, but hopefully one that will get products in your hands that you’ve been waiting to try. If you need something immediately, please order it yourself. If you only want items from one company, order it yourself as going through me will not save you any money. The majority of these companies are making these products to order. As none of us have any idea how many of you are going to order it’s possible we could overwhelm a company if, for example, 200 people order dish soap from Poofy Organics (which I hope happens, it’s FABULOUS stuff!!). So, worst case scenario in that situation is Poofy would need to reorder some ingredients to complete the order. I would fill orders in the order they were received, and ship the rest as soon as I get the product in my hands. It may take them a few days to make the orders, then they have to get shipped to me. I turn around & repackage when I have everything, and reship. This whole process could take up to 2 weeks. So, with a deadline to place orders by mid-month, you should have the product in your hands by the end of the month at the latest. I’m sure there are questions I haven’t yet thought of, and situations that will come up. I guarantee I will handle them to the best of my ability, and make sure all parties are happy in the end.

HOW TO ORDER & OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS:
◾You will email orders to me at: ecofriendlymamausa@gmail.com. Please include your mailing address, and a list of the names of the product you want, and what SIZE, if there is more than one option for that product (2 oz, 4 oz, etc) & what company it is from. Also include the price of the item so I don’t have to look it up. I will start taking orders on the 1st of the month, with the deadline for orders on the 17th of the month (for November). After the November order I will go to a quarterly order, so the next one won’t be until Feb. so stock up in November!!

◾There are no fees to join this ‘club’. But, if you greatly value this service & have a few extra bucks, I’d gladly take a donation in lieu of a memership fee 🙂

◾There is no commitment to ever purchase again.

◾ I’ve decided to ditch the minimum order policy for the buying club (I had requested a $25 min.). I REALLY want to get samples into the hands of those that would like them. You can now get a 10ml sample of my deodorant (~2 weeks worth), MamaSuds just introduced an 8 oz sample of her liquid laundry soap for $4 (2-4 loads), Molly’s Suds offers a 1-2 load sample pack of their powdered laundry detergent for only $2.75, Josiah’s Oils offers a sample of her shampoo (2.5 oz for $2.70), EcoNuts has 10 load samples for $4.50, and Earthpaste (all 4 flavors available to sample, $.25 each, enough for a few brushings). These would all fit nicely into the $5 flat rate envelope- but, that means you’re paying $5 shipping on not a ton of product. If you’re willing to do that, I’m OK with it. BUT, I’d rather see you throw a few other things in that envelope (a tie-dyed onesie/t-shirt or 2 would fit nicely), you could easily add a bottle/jar of this or that from the other offerings of the club too.

◾ I will ship anywhere in the world as you’re paying the shipping from my house to your house. The large flat rate box which will ship anywhere in the US for $12 costs $55 to send to Canada, and $77 anywhere else in the world (this includes $100 of insurance) While I prefer to keep products as local as possible, several of you in Canada & Australia who’ve been on my page for some time express frustration when I come out with reviews for great products, but you don’t have access to them in your country. I’ve mentioned in the past that I’d be happy to put together a package for you, and now that can be a reality!

◾You have 2 options to pay: PayPal, or personal check (many have gone to e-checking, which is fine too). If you don’t already have PayPal, it’s super easy to set up. I’m relatively new to it too, and was hesitant for quite some time, but am very glad I finally set up an account. It can take a few days, so please get one established immediately if you’re going to go that route. The benefit of PayPal is it’s an instantaneous transaction and eco-friendly as no fossil fuels are used to deliver a check across country. Also, it’s extremely convenient when it comes time to ship, as it saves your address & I’ll be able to see a ‘print shipping label’ button next to your name. which will save me manually entering everyone’s address into the USPS system. The other option is you can mail me a check & I’ll drop your package in the mail as soon as I receive it.

◾WI residents must pay 5.5% sales tax.

◾All sales are final. I will fix any errors I make, but if you order the wrong product, or aren’t happy with it, you’re stuck with it…

◾Shipping insurance- USPS includes $100 in insurance using Priority Mail, which I’ll be using. I will split the cost of additional insurance for packages over $100– $100-$200 will cost you an additional $1.60, $200-$300 will cost you an additional $2.55, and the PO informed me you must sign for your package if it’s over $200. I will not split cost of international shipping insurance.

◾You will be charged once your order is ready to ship. I’ll send you a PayPal invoice with the total amount as soon as I have your package ready to go, as soon as I receive payment it’ll go in the mail.

COMPANIES TO ORDER FROM:

I’ve noted a few gift ideas. Of course the personal care product lines all offer many great ideas- who can’t use some great shampoo, lotion, etc? Or if you have someone with eczema in the family, how about an eczema cream from a few different lines (Fiddlebump’s & Poofy both make one) for them to try, as an example.

◾Cold Bee Gone- http://www.buzzagogo.com/. $12.95/bottle. My review: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=749887745026868&set=a.568349859847325.144572.397517646930548&type=3&theater
◾EcoNuts– http://econutssoap.com/. Everything available, including 10 load sample packs so you can give them a try. Prices as marked on their website: http://econutssoap.com/ My note on soap nuts, in case you’re unfamiliar with them: https://www.facebook.com/notes/eco-friendly-babyfamily-products-made-in-the-usa/truly-natural-laundry-solutions-soap-nuts-wool-dryer-balls/556789574336687

**Gift ideas: reusable bamboo paper towels, samples of the nuts &/or liquid, dryer balls, veggie wash.

◾Fiddlebump’s– everything available, prices as marked: http://fiddlebumps.com/. My review of several products: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=640223369326640&set=a.568349859847325.144572.397517646930548&type=3&theater

◾H3idiho Designs amber jewelry: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.755110171171292.1073741831.397517646930548&type=1

◾Jess’s (that’s me) homemade deodorant which has received rave reviews. NEW: 10ml samples (lip balm sized container, enough for ~2 weeks) $2: https://www.facebook.com/notes/eco-friendly-babyfamily-products-made-in-the-usa/jesss-homemade-deodorant-and-body-scrub-are-now-for-sale/645692072113103
◾ Jess’s tie-dyes: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.723127704369539.1073741830.397517646930548&type=

***All would make great gifts!

◾ Josiah’s Oils LLC– everything available, prices as marked. NEW this time around: samples of shampoo (2.5 oz for $2.70) AND, Order any size of the Germ Fighting concentrated organic essential oils [known as the Thieves Blend] & you may have a FREE 2 OZ made in the USA spray mist bottle to make your own sanitizer or room spray for inhalation or just air freshener. Anyone ordering our Concentrated DIY Household Cleaner essential oil may have a FREE 4 OZ. Spay Bottle also made in the USA to make their own cleaner.: http://www.josiahsoils.com/. My review:https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=678783912137252&set=a.568349859847325.144572.397517646930548&type=3&theater

◾MamaSuds– castile soap for $9/bottle (16 oz.) , and 8 ounce bottles of liquid laundry soap samples (2-4 loads) for $4. The gallon of laundry soap is expensive to ship, and the $20/gallon price directly from her website includes shipping, which is roughly ½ the cost of the product, so there’s no advantage to ordering it from me- you should do so straight from her. I love her castile soap though, and it’s a great alternative to Dr. Bronner’s, so am happy to offer it to the group! Website: http://m.mamasuds.com/. My review: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=660935610588749&set=a.568349859847325.144572.397517646930548&type=3&theater

◾Molly’s suds– everything available, prices as marked: http://www.mollyssuds.com/ I haven’t used these products yet, but many on the page have tried the powdered laundry soap & have shared great feedback. My review: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=753873981294911&set=pb.397517646930548.-2207520000.1382562434.&type=3&theater

◾Natulo Ice Teethers made from organic bamboo & organic cotton fabric. http://www.natulo.com/store/index.php?route=product/category&path=61. There will be new colors available for those that bought them during the special offering on my page awhile back. So if you’re looking & seeing just white, check back soon for more options! Prices as marked, and just the teethers available.

◾Poofy Organics: http://www.poofscloset.com/servlet/StoreFront. Everything available, price as marked . My review: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=657087054306938&set=a.568349859847325.144572.397517646930548&type=3&theater

**gift ideas: nail polish would be a great stocking stuffer, zit zapper kit, and their is a whole page of gift baskets: http://www.poofscloset.com/servlet/the-**HOLIDAY-Gifts-%26-Baskets**/Categories

◾Redmond Trading Company: http://www.redmondtrading.com/. Everything available, prices as marked on everything EXCEPT Earthpaste which I can offer for a bit cheaper $6.00 (it is $7.99 through them, $9.99 on some online sites, $4.59 through Vitacost). NEWLY available, their brand new xylitol-free Spearmint in full size tubes only, no samples are yet available. Also, you can buy a sample of any flavor (except spearmint) Earthpaste for $.25, so it’s a great time to try all flavors!

***Earthpaste sample (10-24 packs) would make nice stocking stuffers, they offer season salt gift boxes, or variety packs of the various salts. Also, the bath salts &/or clay products would be wonderful gifts.

*My review of Earthpaste: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=677690208913289&set=a.568349859847325.144572.397517646930548&type=3&theater

*Redmond Clay: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=687531201262523&set=a.568349859847325.144572.397517646930548&type=3&theater

*Real Salt, Season Salt, Bath Salts: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=691161900899453&set=a.568349859847325.144572.397517646930548&type=3&theater

◾Simply Gum- the only TRULY natural gum in the U.S. $2.99/pack of 12. Here’s my review: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=759042250778084&set=pb.397517646930548.-2207520000.1383052806.&type=3&theater
◾Simply Rustic: http://www.simplyrustic2011.com/. All products available & prices as marked. My review: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=568353086513669&set=a.568349859847325.144572.397517646930548&type=3&theater

**She offers different gift boxes & sample packs (you can choose the scents/flavors), many wonderful gift ideas!

◾Smiling Tree Toys– http://www.smilingtreetoys.com/ will be available for a one time order in advance of the Holiday shopping season. The deadline for the club’s 2nd order will be Nov. 17th, but as Smiling Tree is making all these toys by hand, and I anticipate several custom/personalized items, we need to give them a couple of extra weeks to get your items made. I will start taking orders for Smiling Tree Toys on October 27-Nov 3. If you’re not placing an order with the Nov. 17th deadline for the rest of the companies, it makes no sense to order from Smiling Tree through me, do so directly from them. But, if you’d like some items from Smiling Tree, Poofy, EcoNuts, Fiddlebump’s,etc. this will be a great opportunity to get it all shipped in one box, with one shipping fee! Don’t worry, I’ll send out plenty of reminders about this!! PLEASE be very specific when sending me your order, I’d like a list with direct links to each item so we make sure we don’t screw anything up, there’s no returns!

Questions, comments, thoughts, ideas welcome!

Pure Play Kids Review

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Pure Play Kids, newly based in TN. Tania and Mike Grant are the “mom and pop” behind Pure Play Kids. “Creative, Wooden Toys, Made-in-USA Toys ,Waldorf toys and Organic Stuffed Animals. Choose open-ended, battery-free  toys and watch imagination and skills flourish in Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers and Big Kids! Pure Play Kids creates and sells great wooden toys, cloth toys, organic toys and Waldorf toys with a strong focus on toys made in America. Pure Play Kids started as a personal quest to find better toys for our own kids and ended up as a full business selling online and making toys in our own Tennessee Toyworks facility in 50 Centerville, TN.”

I am so happy to be doing a review for Pure Play. Mike Grant, the founder of Pure Play Kids was one of the 1st ‘likes’ to my page, finding my page within a week of launching it in Feb of ’12. We had a great chat about made in the USA & why it was important, and I found out about his amazing company straight from the owner himself (thanks to FB timeline you can scroll back to Feb 28th & find the conversation under the “responsibly made in China” thread, if you wish). Since then, Pure Play has been one of the 1st places I search if someone asks about a toy made in the USA, because chances are they have it. 90% of the items they sell are made in the USA, with the rest made in Europe. You will not find a single item made in China through them, and it’s something they take very seriously. Here’s info from their website.

From their website: “At Pure Play Kids, we do things the right way, not the easy way. Despite the challenges, we decided to make our wooden toys in the United States. China would be cheaper and easier, but we want to create American jobs and to have complete quality control of the materials and work from start to finish to make the best wooden toys available anywhere. We know our customers also make choices, and we appreciate each and every one of our supporters whether you buy from us, write about us or tell others about us. Know that you are helping us bring back toys with better values and stronger development qualities. Also know that your support of us and businesses like ours is the key to creating great jobs here in the United States.

In addition to the toys we design and make ourselves, Pure Play Kids also sells toys made exclusively by other small US and European toy makers who share our goals, values and commitment to quality and safety.

Everything at Pure Play Kids is selected based on:

Play Power:  Play is the work of children, and toys are the tools. Play is sacred, and toys should be cherished. Through unstructured play we nurture our imaginations and develop emotionally, socially and cognitively. Pure Play Kids stands for toys that are kid-powered (not battery-powered or based on TV/movie characters), open-ended (not pre-programmed), and will grow with kids (allowing parents to buy better, not buy more). Of course, our toys are also all about FUN!

Integrity: We have a responsibility to our children, our people and our planet. We sell wooden toys, recycled and other natural products wherever possible; such products are kinder to our world and safer for our children. Pure Play Kids does not market to kids through advertising, licensed characters, film tie-ins, or noise- and light-starting buttons marked “Try Me!” All Pure Play Kids toys are made in the USA or Europe to ensure product quality, product safety, the dignity and freedom of workers, and stricter environmental standards. It’s about giving our kids their best possible world, after all.

Quality Products: Pure Play Kids adheres to the strictest American and European standards. Our products are constructed of safe, durable and non-toxic materials. Our toys last longer – both physically and in terms of maintained interest – than plastic toys, so they won’t end up in a landfill in months. Our toys also pass the Living Room Impact test: they will look far better occupying all rooms of your house than will plastic toys.

Country of Origin matters. We only sell products made by highly ethical companies making products in the United States and Europe. US-made toys account for about 90% of our sales, but we acknowledge Europe’s great toy culture, coupled with its similar wage, safety and environmental standards. All products at Pure Play Kids should have an American flag of European Union flag so that shoppers know what they are buying.”

Their website is HUGE, with tons of categories to browse through. I went straight to their ‘best sellers’ tab to get an idea of what others are enjoying from them, and the selection is just astounding! It’s one of those places where I honestly would love to have one of everything they offer, and be able to rest assured that it is safe. You can shop by age which is always a feature I appreciate to help narrow down the choices. Some of the categories of products include: handmade organic dolls, capes & dress-up gear, art supplies, hand & finger puppets, doll houses & gear, kitchen/market play, wooden animals, puzzles & blocks, outdoor fun, tub time, Waldorf, classic wooden wagons, and a sale category that many of us appreciate  And they offer more than just toys- you’ll even find bamboo burp rags, crib sheets, towels & washcloths all made in the US, & SO, SO much more.

They sent me the amazingly adorable magnetic wooden fishing pole in the picture, and an adorable wooden rattle for Althea (will attach as a separate photo). We are a very outdoorsy family & my husband does quite a bit of fishing. My son had been going with his Dada often and wanting to fish for himself so we recently purchased a toddler fishing pole for him before realizing it is just too early for him, he was going to destroy it before he got the hang of casting. Thus, this is the perfect toy for him at just the right time. I had no idea what they were sending me & it was so fun to get the package & tell my toddler it was for him & see the look on his face when he saw the pole. It has a working reel with 3 feet of string, and you can even purchase a set that includes a larger one for Mama/Dada to fish with babe. It comes with 5 magnetic fish. Mike included a handwritten note stating that the fishing pole is made from sustainable American hardwoods and a finishes that have won prizes for their safety & environmental-friendliness. It’s labeled for ages 3+, but is perfect for my son at 2 ½. It sells for $29.95. The only other thing I own from them is a ½ dozen wooden eggs that I purchased  for my son’s wooden kitchen (that a local family is borrowing us!). I certainly can’t wait to add many more of their offerings to our collection over the years!

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And, Mike didn’t forget Althea! “Pure Play Kids’ new All American Roller Rattle gives babies a great toy to experiment with motion and sounds. Colorful, durable, safe and fun, this roller rattle is fun for a baby to hold, shake or roll on the floor. 4″H x 2-1/2D. Made in USA by Pure Play Toys. Maple wood.” Labeled for …ages 6 months & up, but I can tell you that Althea has been enjoying it at 3 months. The ball rolling around in there produces a lovely, gentle, quiet sound, but enough to get her attention. It appears to be very solid & is not something that is going to fall apart.  $14.95

With 201 items under $25 and $6.95 flat rate shipping, I feel that Pure Play Kids truly offers something for every budget. Finding something your kids will enjoy will certainly not be a problem. I’m so thrilled that people like Mike & Tonia Grant are following their passion to create & provide safe, fun, engaging toys for their family, and ours and can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with next!

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