Hello! My name is Jess, I’m 34, live in rural Wisconsin & am the mama of two: (a son born in March of ’11, and a daughter born in July of ’13). I want to share things I’m passionate about with others, and hope at least a few parents can benefit from the time I’ve spent researching products for my own babe! I REALLY enjoy discovering new products & companies, especially “mom & pop” operations. I am a mama on a mission to provide good quality, eco-friendly AND child-friendly products for my family! This includes toys, products, and personal care items. I’m not an expert in this area, my background is in Spanish Education. I put my teaching career on hold to be a stay-at-home mom, but my love for learning, and teaching is still strong. Please ask questions, share your knowledge & help this page grow! Other topics I’m passionate about, and will likely be sharing on this page include: reusable products, homemade products, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, organic gardening & eating, human rights, just to name a few!
The purpose of this page is to help parents find sources for eco-friendly AND baby-safe products made in the USA. To be clear, my 1st priority is finding safe products, my 2nd priority is that they are made in the USA. I’ve found one category in particular that requires purchasing a made in China option, stainless steel anything. But, I will take a stainless Made in China product over a plastic made in the USA option (sippy cups come to mind). Fortunately, for just about all categories there are great options being made in the USA!
There are plenty of pages to debate the hot-button issues involved with raising our babes, this page is NOT one of those pages! While shopping for these products myself, the more research I did I realized many companies making “eco-friendly” products have their headquarters in the US, but make their products in China. There were a couple catalysts for this page. Shortly after my 1st son was born, I learned of the toxins in Johnson & Johnson products. I thought it was very disappointing that the “#1 choice of hospitals” was not a product I could trust, and that started my search for the safest personal care products on the market. Then, I purchased my 1st Melissa & Doug toy after seeing recommendations for them over & over again on mama forums I frequented. I got home & unwrapped my babe’s new toy & saw “made in China” stamped on back. It just didn’t sit right with me. I felt there had to be many great toys & products still being made in the USA, and as a result of that experience this page was launched. Also, I’m on a mission to help sort out the million different personal care product lines on the market, and get to the bottom of which ones truly are SAFE!
In my opinion, if a product is manufactured & shipped from the other side of the globe it’s not eco-friendly no matter what materials are used. Not to mention the lack of environmental standards, and atrocious human rights record of countries such as China. I want this page to be a source for parents to turn to when looking for great eco- & baby-friendly products made in the USA. By supporting American workers we are strengthening local communities as well as our social security & tax bases.
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