Brand Love: Ecoleeko, bringing sustainability, color and joy to children's toys
Posted on 10 May 2014
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.
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.
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)