In this episode you will learn about toys that are safe for your children to play with.
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Audra Lowe: When it comes to children’s toys, you probably have seen in the news all of the recalls especially because of lead in the paint, pretty scary things out there for parents. But what is a parent to do if they want to buy toys for their kids that are safe? Well, we put the call out there and we got our answer from Jen Boulden from IdealBuy.com. Thank you very much for joining us again. Jen Boulden: Thanks for having me. Audra Lowe: I see you’ve got toys out here it looks fun today. But you say that these are safe for kids, correct? Jen Boulden: Yes, so much safer and it’s so important because these kids are developing. Their bodies are smaller, they’re sensitive and they’re putting everything in their mouth. Audra Lowe: Every single thing in their mouth. Jen Boulden: Yeah. And so, if there’s one point to go eco-friendly, it’s definitely here. Audra Lowe: Yeah, take care of them while they’re young too, especially. Now, what do we have here? Jen Boulden: We’ve got adorable stuffed animals. Audra Lowe: They’re so cute. Jen Boulden: Absolutely and a lot them are made with organic cotton, and cotton is one of those materials that creates so much pesticide to use when you got non-organic. And a lot of them, the pesticides have been linked to cancer forming agents. So you really want to make sure to do the non-pesticide laden toys And this one happens to be my favorite and it’s made of wool actually in Kenya. So it’s also fair trade, it’s not only eco but fair trade for these ladies are getting fair wages and it’s a backpack, it’s so cute. Audra Lowe: Oh, it’s a backpack. This is so -- you know, kids are going to love something like this. Jen Boulden: Absolutely. Audra Lowe: Now, speaking of putting things in their mouth, there are some teething toys as well as crayons. They put the crayons in their mouth all the time too. So what’s different about these? Jen Boulden: Well, you can see here these are made with organic cotton, but a lot of the teething toys on the market, in the conventional type stores have PBC and other type of plastics that breakdown. Audra Lowe: That’s so scary. Jen Boulden: And they’re ingested in their little sweet developing bodies. So, it’s really important to get teething toys that are non-toxic and they love munching on these and it just sets the good stage for going to the Farmers Market later in life, right? Audra Lowe: And kids will know the difference and in the crayons, I noticed here they’re made from soybeans? Jen Boulden: They are, they are and a lot -- again, regular crowns have materials in them that are asthma producing and like ammonia and turpentine and these things that are not FDA regulated because it’s not a food. Audra Lowe: Right. Jen Boulden: So who knew, so you can get them made out of soybeans? Audra Lowe: I never would have imagined that. Now toys, we recognize these here, they are different though than the average toys. Jen Boulden: They definitely are different than the average toys, so it’s all made from sustainable wood which means that they’re not taking down the trees faster than they can grow, and then they’re treated with non-toxic consealants and paints, and of course tested very thoroughly and don’t have to worry. Audra Lowe: You don’t have to get rid of the lead and the paint in here. It’s kind of crazy. Jen Boulden: Exactly. Audra Lowe: Now, when it comes to diapers and we know it’s not a toy they say, but these are different little diapers as well. You can see these are not very cute, what’s different about this diaper than the average diaper out there? Jen Boulden: Well, the average diaper, you’re throwing it away right? Most of it’s made out of plastic and it’s going to the landfill and it’s sitting there for a thousand years and there are about 18 billion tons of diapers, they go to the landfills. Audra Lowe: Billion with the “B”? Jen Boulden: Billion with the “B,” and so G-Diapers is something very ingenious and they kind of have this hybrid going on where yo