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Friday, September 19, 2008

Wild Dill

A few days ago, Alex received this fantastic little frog pull-along toy. He was so excited to see it and play with it. He carried it around the home all day long saying "rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrriiiit" (ribbit). I love when Alex finds something that makes him beam from ear to ear.
What is even better about this toy? It's made of pine that was harvested locally, the paint is non-toxic, and it was made in Vermont.
I found it on a website called Wild Dill. On this website, they sell organic and natural goods. They have everything from clothing, to bedding, to toys for children from age infant to preschool.
Here's a little snip-it of info taken from the website:
Why does Wild Dill care about bamboo fabric, soy fiber, fair trade and organic clothing, bedding and toys?
Bamboo Fabric is important because:
  • Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, maturing in 3-5 years, making it the ultimate renewable resource.
  • Bamboo grows everywhere except the North and South poles.
  • Bamboo requires less energy and water to grow, surviving both drought and flood conditions.
  • Bamboo is a natural air filter, consuming carbon dioxide and returning 30% more oxygen than trees.
  • Bamboo can heal overgrazed and over used soil.
  • Bamboo can be grown without pesticides because of its own anti-bacterial agent.
  • Bamboo is 100% biodegradable.
  • Bamboo is soft, naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic making it great for babies' skin.
Soy Fiber is important because:
  • Soybean Fiber is a sustainable textile fiber made from the waste of soybean oil, milk and tofu production.
  • Soybean Fiber is the ultimate in recycling turning waste into useful products.
  • Soybean Fiber is soft, the "vegetable cashmere", and has warmth retention making it perfectly comfortable for babies' skin.
Fair Trade is important because:
  • Fair Trade pays fair, livable wages benefiting over one million workers in 58 developing countries.
  • Fair Trade promotes healthy and safe working conditions.
  • Fair Trade returns are often invested into the communities such as health care, education, job training and childcare.
  • Fair Trade strictly prohibits child labor.
  • Fair Trade honors women artisans, their traditions and their craft allowing them access to foreign markets and the chance to earn an income for their families in countries where women often have few economic opportunities.
  • Fair Trade empowers women, their families and their community economically and socially.
Organic Cotton is important because:
  • Conventional cotton is the world's most popular fiber yet is the most pesticide dependent crop in the world.
  • Conventional cotton uses 25% of all pesticides amounting to 50 million pounds on US fields alone.
  • Pesticides pollute watersheds and ruin the soil, destroying eco-systems.
  • Pesticides harm the farmers who pick the cotton - according to the WHO 20,000 deaths occur each year from pesticide poisoning in developing countries.
  • Every tee made of conventional cotton uses 1/4 pound of chemicals.
  • Organic cotton is best for sensitive babies' skin.
  • And, last but not least, here at Wild Dill we love bugs!                 
Another great thing about Wild Dill is they offer free shipping with purchases of $65+. With the holidays right around the corner, you could use this site as a way to knock out a lot of your shopping right in the comfort of your own home.  Also,  if you use the code "thoughts" you'll get another 15% off your purchase.

...I have one more incentive...the ladies over at MomDot have a giveaway going on for a $35 gift card to Wild Dill until September 23rd. If you win that, use the 15% off code, and get free shipping off your $65 purchase, you'll be getting a good amount of great stuff for more than a good deal. :) If you enter the contest at MomDot, please let them know I sent you. Thanks!


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