Natural Rubber Bathtub Pals: Puffer Fish
BeginAgain's Bathtub Pals are natural rubber sea creatures that want to share your child's bathtub, pool or beach playtime! They bubble when submerged and then drain easily and completely. No more yucky mold build-up in the bath toys!
Puffer Fish, see all the other animals here
Dishwasher safe - top rack preferably.
Fairly made in China from natural rubber.
We realize toy manufacturing in China can be concerning we believe that BeginAgain toys have taken extensive steps to make sure their products are safe for children, the environment and factory workers. Below is a list of FAQs provided to us by the brand.
BeginAgain is an environmentally friendly company producing and distributing toys made in the USA and China. We offer plant-based products for today's families.
Products & Materials
What are your toys made from?
BeginAgain toys are made from plant-based materials whenever possible—our goal is to move kids from oil to soil! We use rubberwood, natural rubber, maple wood and beech wood. When necessary, we also use eco-friendly plastics made with corn starch, wheat starch, reclaimed wood and recycled plastic.
Where are your toys made?
BeginAgain toys are made in factories located near the native sources of our plant-based materials. Manufacturing near the source of our materials allows for smarter, more efficient use of energy and natural resources.
- The natural rubber and rubberwood used to make our toys is natively grown and produced in China.
Why do you use rubberwood?
Rubberwood (hevea brasiliensis) grows very quickly—much like bamboo—and provides vegetable sap that we use to make our durable rubber toys. Grown on farms and plantations (not in forests), the rubberwood trees produce sap for many years. When they are fully mature and stop producing sap, the trees are harvested for their hardwood. Rubberwood trees provide a natural alternative to PVC, vinyl and other pliable, oil-based plastics. It also is a strong, sustainably grown hardwood that is perfect for making heirloom quality toys.
How well do you know your manufacturing partners?
Our rubberwood factory was inherited with the BeginAgain acquisition of ImagiPLAY, a Boulder, Colorado, company that led the toy industry in rubberwood manufacturing for toys. Our factory is female owned and family run. Built in partnership with ImagiPLAY, this factory was founded on the principles of fair living wages and sustainable practices. ImagiPLAY founder Barbera Aimes pioneered sustainable wood toys and we are proud to carry her torch today.
We regularly conduct independent audits of our all of partner manufacturers to ensure social, employment standards are met, and our product meets safety and quality control standards.
Are your toys safety tested?
Yes, all of our toys are tested by independent laboratories. We design our toys to meet or exceed standards set by the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Why aren’t all of your toys made in the USA?
The plant-based materials we choose dictate where we make our toys. Rather than shipping raw materials around the globe, we make our toys near the native source of the material.
Are your rubber toys dishwasher safe?
Yes. Please place in the top rack of the dishwasher only using a regular wash cycle (sanitize is too hot).
Are your rubber toys synthetic?
No, we use natural rubber for our bathtub toys, not synthetic rubber.
Natural rubber is a plant-based alternative to PVC, vinyl, and other pliable, oil-based plastics. It is NOT latex and has been processed to remove the proteins that cause allergens, but people with latex sensitivities should exercise caution with these toys. All of our natural rubber is nitrosamine free and does not contain any plasticizers like BPA, Phthalates or heavy metals.
Is your rubber nitrosamine free?
Yes, the natural rubber we select for our toys is nitrosamine free.
Are your rubber toys made entirely of natural rubber or is the material a blend of something?
Our bathtub toys are primarily made from natural rubber, but there is 4-5% organic pigment for color and calcium carbonate (chalk) used as filler/binder. The natural rubber content of these toys is in the 93% range depending on color.
Natural rubber is a plant-based alternative to PVC, vinyl, and other pliable, oil-based plastics. It is NOT latex and has been processed to remove most proteins that cause allergens, but people with latex sensitivities should exercise caution with these toys. All of our natural rubber is nitrosamine free and does not contain any plasticizers like BPA, Phthalates or heavy metals.