Ecoleeko products are made with all eco friendly construction materials. Only plant based fabrics and stuffing are used, NO petroleum based materials. I feel proud to offer a plush doll that is totally free of plastic materials and very child friendly. Below, are the main materials used in all Ecoleeko products.
Organic Cotton vs Regular Cotton
Regular Cotton fiber, the one we all know used in tshirts, jeans,and almost everything cotton we use, uses 25% of all of our annual pesticide production and 10% of annual herbicide production. 800 million lbs of pesticides are used each year, 50 million of that in the US alone. That's alot of pesticides going into our water supply and ecosystem for a bunch of tshirts. 5 of the 9 pesticides regularly used for normal cotton are known to be cancer causing. It takes 1/3lb of chemicals to grow enough cotton to make only 1 tshirt. Regular cotton is just as bad as using a petroleum based fabric such as polyester or nylon.
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.
Bamboo Fabrics and Blended Yarn
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing sustainable plant grown without pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. It is a high-yield renewable resource and one of the strongest building materials. When grown, it aids the soil quality and reduces greenhouse gases. It can absorb 5 times the amt. of Carbon Dioxide and produce 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees, pretty impressive.
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.
The FTC now has said bamboo is to be labelled rayon due to the processing methods of Bamboo pulp used to make fibers. The bamboo fleece I use is organic fiber processed with machines that used to produce polyester with adapted waste water treatment modifications, creating a 1/2 way between rayon processing and a closed loop system, similar to Tencel, made from wood pulp. The main issue is caustic soda which is used in the processing of the bamboo, which if used properly, poses no health risk. Small amounts are safe and the suppliers yarn has been certified by the Oeko-Tex Standard which tests for chemicals. It is also used on most cotton fabrics, including organic during wet processing.
Any colored fabrics ahve been hand dyed and/or printed by me using fiber reactive dyes. These are low-impact non-toxic dyes that bond with cellulose fibers. These are not "natural dyes" but contain no heavy metals or other known toxic substances, and do not need mordants.
Kapok Fiber Filling
Kapok fiber is grown from the seed pods of the wild Kapok tree. It is a natural vegetable based fiber known as silk cotton. It is a very sustainable, natural pesticide free material grown in the South pacific. It is naturally like down fibers but hypoallergenic. It is also water and mold resistant, drying quickly and very buoyant.
There is NO comparison when considering the polyfil, petroleum based plastic fibers usually used in most childrens dolls.
Buckwheat Hull Filling
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 Shell Filling
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 childrens toys.
I use walnut shells only in the Doll legs and arms...
Disclaimer**Parents with Children who have any nut allergies should be aware there are shells used in the legs and arms. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to make any doll with no walnut shells for your child using only kapok fiber. Please contact me if this should affect your child in any way.
If you have kids and buy toys or read blogs, you may have heard of theCPSC or the CPSIA. They are a governmental commision that is seeking to regulate all toys for various materials including lead and chemicals from plastic.*Please note all my materials are natural and have already been tenatively component exempt from further testing for chemicals.
At Ecoleeko, I strive to use all recycled materials in packaging, correspondence and tags.