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August 10, 2014 by Tina Bar-On

New at Wild Dill, animal doll friends from Hazel Village!

We are a little obsessed with the adorable new woodland doll animals from Hazel Village. Featuring a full range of fun animals from a Fox to Owl, Rabbit and even Bear Cub they've got your forest covered! Each little friend comes with removable clothes that can be swapped with other Hazel Village friends.
The mastermind behind these adorable organic dolls is the very talented Jane Van Cleef from Brooklyn, NY. Jane designs each animal and their fabulous outfits, creates a story and name for each one so they truly come alive before finding a good home with a sweet child.
 Founded in Brooklyn in 2010, each animal is hand stitched using 100% organic fleece cotton and hypoallergenic polyfill stuffing, so they are soft and safe for babies. And, because they are all the same size, the animal’s wardrobe choices are endless, too! Check out Hazel Village woodland heirloom dolls and adorable bird rattles, perfect for birthday or holiday gift giving here on Wild Dill.
 

Here is Jane with one of her adorable friends Gwendolyn the Raccoon. And below are some friends at play!

 

 

 

July 22, 2014 by Tina Bar-On

Brand Love: Ecoleeko, bringing sustainability, color and joy to children's toys

made in usarecommended baby shower gifts

Ecoleeko is a wonderful brand of organic and sustainable and colorfulsoft plush toys for babies and kids from NY state. Each piece is designed and handmade by Sue, a true artist and trained textile designer.

She is truly committed to keeping the toys eco-friendly and sustainable, only plant based fabrics and stuffing are used, NO petroleum based materials.Every plush toy is totally free of plastic materials and very child friendly. Materials include: (see below for detailed explanations); organic cotton fabric and threads, Bamboo fabrics, Kapok fibers, Buckwheat Hulls, Walnut Shells.

A few of my personal favorites as baby shower gifts are the unique little animal rattles. Especially the little seahorse, since it stands out from the usual Safari animals.

 

I also love the white stuffed animal bunny rabbit and polar bear teddy, they are such a classic design. They also seem to have such realistic faces, I imagine a little girl or boy giving them a name and personality.

 

Organic Cotton:  Organic Cotton is grown using NO pesticides or chemicals.The organic cotton materials I use are certified organic, including the corduroy, french terry cloth, brushed cotton, cotton tape used in the ecoleeko tags and the sewing thread I use for all items. The Organic Cotton Fabric is certified organic under the Global Organic Textile Standard, or GOTS.

 

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing sustainable plant grown without pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. It is a high-yield renewable resource and one of the strongest building materials. When grown, it aids the soil quality and reduces greenhouse gases. It can absorb 5 times the amt. of Carbon Dioxide and produce 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees, pretty impressive.
The bamboo fiber is 60% more absorbent than cotton fiber. It naturally wicks moisture away from the skin and soft as silk but machine washable.
Kapok fiber is grown from the seed pods of the wild Kapok tree. It is a natural vegetable based fiber known as silk cotton. It is a very sustainable, natural pesticide free material grown in the South pacific. It is naturally like down fibers but hypoallergenic. It is also water and mold resistant, drying quickly and very buoyant.
There is NO comparison when considering the polyfil, petroleum based plastic fibers usually used in most children's dolls.

Buckwheat Hulls are a by product of the buckwheat milling industry. It is a natural, pest and water resistant product that is sustainable, hypoallergenic and pesticide free. They are naturally grown in North America and have been roasted for a more durable hull.

They create a great crunchy sound when touched and when shaken, create a rattle effect. They are a better natural choice to use, than using plastic pieces in baby products.

Walnut shells crushed are a nontoxic biodegradable material. They are naturally nonabsorbent, mold resistant and dust free. The shells are usually used for other applications but they work well as a beanbag filler natural alternative to the petroleum based plastic pellets usually used in children's toys.

I use walnut shells only in the Doll legs and arms. (Allergy notice)

 

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May 10, 2014 by Tina Bar-On

Fair Trade February: Spotlight on Indigenous Designs & Dsenyo

Fair Trade February 

Introducing Indigenous Designs & Dsenyo

Support fair trade with beautiful kids clothing and toys from two of our favorite brands.


Indigenous Designs clothing uses fair trade practices while training and empowering local woman's co-ops in South America, allocating a large percentage of production costs to material and labor. The clothing is made from organic and natural fibers with dyes that are friendly to the environment. Dress up any little boy in this smart shirt, perfect for special occasions from Easter to weddings!



Dsenyo (dee-SEN-yo) is giving a hand UP to women and artisans working their way out of poverty. Contemporary products celebrating African Textile design. We love their little plush toys and carry them in our store. The little rabbit is bound to become my toddler's favorite!



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March 27, 2014 by Tina Bar-On