Beyond simply shopping for eco toys for my children, I also think it is important to support toy companies that support local designers and promote natural play. Natural Pod is a Canadian company that fits this bill, and they have just expanded their line to include the unique toys of two Canadian designers. Natural Pod's motto is "Natural items for play and daily living that are mindful, creative and inviting for your family."
Poot & Boogie Eco-Friendly Dolls
Poot & Boogie eco-friendly dolls are individually handcrafted from cotton and wool. The dolls are stuffed with corn-derived fiberfill, and each one is unique. These dolls are made in Aldergrove, BC, and they remind me of Raggedy Ann and the dolls children played with before plastic dominated the toy world.
Crowns are always popular with children, and the Little Red Caboose felt crown is delightful. Made from wool in Vancouver, these crowns have an elastic band in the back that make them fit any size head and are easy for young children to put on by themselves. The crowns are decorated with wooden buttons and come in five designs. As the owner of Natural Pod explain:
In our home they are the king's crown for when he goes frog hunting and often they are the "smoothie man's" hat during kitchen play - the possibilities are endless. Be it for a Birthday celebration or imaginative play these crowns are sure to add some magic.
Natural Pod is a great source for quality eco-toys made from wood, cotton, and/or wool. Including local designers ensures a unique selection of toys, as well as support for local toy entrepenuers. Bridgitte Alomes, founder of Natural Pod explains:
We are delighted to be working alongside two celebrated Canadian designers to create unique additions to our product line that are earth friendly and inspire creative play. Working directly with designers provides Natural Pod the opportunity to respond to customer feedback with unique and fun products that encompass our philosophy of promoting open play through natural toys.
My children and I are delighted too!