At Baby Boxy, we focus on providing high-quality products that are safe and non-toxic for babies. It is also a top priority of ours to source products that are sustainable, in that they provide environmental, social and/or economic benefits over their life cycle. We are proud to partner with companies that produce eco-friendly products, companies that source via fair trade organizations and companies that give back to the community. Below you will find several examples of sustainability efforts that our direct partners have taken.
/// USE OF BAMBOO ///
Bamboo is the world’s fastest growing plant - growing three to four feet in only one day! Because it grows so quickly, it requires very little water and no pesticides. This makes it a perfect resource as it is environmentally sustainable and renewable. Best of all, it’s super soft on your baby’s delicate skin. Bamboo is breathable, lightweight and hypoallergenic, making it especially beneficial for babies with eczema or other skin sensitivities. Many of our partners use bamboo in their products, including Kickee Pants, Milkbarn Kids, Little Sleepies, and Cheengoo.
/// NON-TOXIC MATERIALS ///
Babies are constantly exploring objects with their mouths. That’s why using non-toxic materials for our teethers and rattles is so important. Here is a quick summary of how our partners ensure their products are free from harmful materials.
Oli&Carol – Rubber teethers (which can also be used as bath toys) are made from safe and natural food grade dyes, and free of PVC, BPA, phthalate and nitrosamine. Teethers are highly hygienic and mold free, and none of the designs have holes – preventing the presence of bacteria and mold.
Finn + Emma – Apparel is made with non-toxic, eco-friendly dyes, and garment snaps are lead and nickel free. Wood teethers are made from untreated Indian hardwood, finished with vegetable seed wax. Hand-knit toys feature rattles that are phthalate-free. During the manufacturing process, their products also prohibit the following: heavy metals, formaldehyde, nickel and PVC.
Little Teether – Teething toys are tested twice, once by the manufacturer and once by a third party USA testing facility to ensure products are non-toxic, food-grade, BPA-free and free of phthalates, lead, cadmium, and heavy metals.
Glitter & Spice – Teether attachments are 100% food grade silicone, which means there are no harmful chemicals.
Ryan and Rose – Pacifiers are made with 100% medical grade silicone. It is safe, non-toxic, and free of BPA, PVC, phthalates, and latex. Their pacifiers are US CPSIA compliant and FDA approved.
/// SAFETY CERTIFICATIONS ///
Safety is of the upmost importance when it comes to our babies. Although many will claim their products are “safe”, certifications help validate those claims. Check out a few that we look for:
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers. This certification limits the use of toxic bleaches, dyes and other chemical inputs during the production process. GOTS is internationally recognized as the toughest organic textile standard because it includes an independent certification that verifies every step of the supply chain. A couple of our partners that have earned the GOTS certification include Estella, Finn + Emma, Milkbarn Kids and Hatley.
The Oeko-Tex 100 certification emphasizes thorough testing for a lengthy list of chemicals that are known or suspected to harm health, including lead, antimony, arsenic, phthalates, pesticides, and chlorinated phenols. Both Kickee Pants and Cheengoo have earned this certification related to their use of bamboo.
/// FAIR TRADE ///
Many of our partners source through fair trade organizations and have committed to improving conditions for some of the most vulnerable communities around the world. Through their efforts, they provide a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and economic crisis.
One great example is Cheengoo. Their products are created by artisan men and women around the world who are paid a fair wage in a safe and supportive environment. Their crocheted goods are hand crafted by a band of mostly mothers and farmers in rural China who are provided free training, flexible working hours in a friendly working environment that also doubles as a support network. In Nepal, their workforce is a happy one that consists primarily of illiterate women who otherwise would have great difficulty finding employment. While in Latvia fair and competitive compensation coupled with a strict compliance to international guidelines is the mantra for the small family business who partner with Cheengoo to help make their wooden toys come to life.
Another example is the Pebble products that are made by Hathay Bunano. Hathay Bunano, meaning hand made or hand knitted in Bangla, is a non-profit fair trade organization in Bangladesh. It's mission is to create fairly paid, good quality, flexible and local employment for rural women who are poor and often disadvantaged. When you purchase a Pebble product, you are helping poor women in Bangladesh support their families and keep them together.
At Estella, they are very proud to partner with a small community of knitters in Peru for their organic cotton rattles, organic cotton baby blankets, and other nursery accessories. Likewise, they take pride in manufacturing their knit layette collection and alpaca blankets with a fair wage and Fair Trade Certified organization in Bolivia. Estella supports these artists and their communities with fair wages, good treatment, and the knowledge that their passion can sustain themselves and their children.
/// GIVING BACK ///
Giving back to those in need is important to our partners. Below we have outlined some of the great things they are doing around the world:
With every Oli&Carol toy purchase, a portion of the proceeds is used to help provide schooling to five children in the Baba Jodh Sachiyar School in Northern India. Apart from providing the basic need of education, Oli&Carol is also helping them prepare for the future by continuing to support these children until they finish their studies, and the plan is to help many others!
At Milkbarn Kids, Exile International is an organization near and dear to their hearts. Exile International’s mission is to bring restoration to rescued child soldiers and children orphaned by war in DR Congo and Uganda. Through art therapy and holistic, rehabilitative care, Exile International empowers these children to heal and become leaders of peace.
Little Sleepies donates a portion of every sale to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which funds over 800 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is changing the lives of children with cancer by funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer.
At Kickee Pants, they started the Kickee Gives Back Initiative, which is an outreach program dedicated to the support of families and children in need through fundraising, donation, and direct action. It is one of Kickee Pants' core missions to promote a culture of positivity and love by demonstrating these beliefs through their work in local communities and throughout the world.