Formaldehyde Free Furniture!

December 4, 2008

Filed under: Product Reviews — Baby Eco Trends @ 11:28 pm

We are so very excited to announce that we have just partnered up with a manufacturer of safe children’s furniture. Ecotots designs & manufactures a high quality, full line of environmentally friendly, real wood modern furniture & furnishings for kids which assemble quickly & easily without the use of tools or hardware. Everything is made from renewable FSC Certified Smart Wood® & is available in a variety of eco friendly UV finishes.

Please take a look at the beautiful selection of furniture that you might mistake for European imports. Ecotots is based in Indiana & all their products are made right here in the USA! We like their small, green footprint & think that you will, too.

The fact that Ecotots makes their furniture without the use of formaldehyde is especially agreeable to us, as there is good reason to believe that it is extremely dangerous to our health & the health of the planet. Formaldehyde is used in many products including cosmetics, paper, wood, furniture, cigarette smoke, industrial fertilizers, dyes, glues/adhesives, permanent press fabrics & embalming fluid.

Formaldehyde is a colorless gas compound (HCHO) recognized as a carcinogen, meaning it causes cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), when formaldehyde is present in the air at levels exceeding 0.1ppm, some individuals may experience health effects such as watery eyes, burning sensations of the eyes, nose & throat, coughing, wheezing, nausea and skin irritations. Some people are very sensitive to formaldehyde, while others have no reaction to the same level of exposure.

Several NCI studies have found that anatomists & embalmers (professionals with potential exposure to formaldehyde), are at an increased risk for leukemia & brain cancer compared with the general public.

Some studies of industrial workers have suggested that formaldehyde exposure is associated with nasal cancer, nasopharyngeal cancer and possibly with leukemia. In 1995, the International Agency for Research of Cancer (IARC) concluded that formaldehyde is a probable human carcinogen. However, in a reevaluation of existing data in June 2004, the International Agency for Research of Cancer reclassified formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen.

Now, can you see why we’re so excited about Ecotots? Read the complete NCI factsheet here: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/formaldehyde

Petit Collage Artwork

July 5, 2011

Filed under: Product Reviews — Baby Eco Trends @ 12:50 pm


Petit Collage bamboo mobiles are one of our most popular items & now that they are fully assembled & ready to hang, we think they will be even more popular.  Available in 8 different motifs, each formaldehyde free bamboo mobile is made from sustainably harvested bamboo that is laser cut & then fully assembled by a San Francisco non-profit that employs adults with disabilities.  Each bamboo mobile arrives in a gift box that makes it ready for any gift-giving occasion.

Petit Collage Blue Elephants Bamboo Mobile Petit Collage Blue Elephants Bamboo Mobile Boxed Petit Collage Bamboo Mobiles Boxed

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Petit Collage is also recognized for its eye catching waterproof, non rip fabric decals.  They stick to flat, non porous surfaces & can be removed and reused over and over without losing their stickiness.  Free of vinyl, Petit Collage wall decals do not wrinkle are lead free, phthalate free and biodegradable.


Want to hang a mirror in baby’s room but not sure if a glass mirror is a good idea in a baby’s nursery? How about a shatter proof acrylic mirror? Choose from Petit Collage’s Giraffe Mirror (which doubles as a Growth Chart), Bird Mirror or Elephant Mirror. Baby can still wonder at & play with her reflection without risk of injury.

ABC Posters are a fun & decorative way to introduce young minds to the alphabet.  Each Petit Collage ABC poster is printed with soy ink on recycled stock paper.  Available unframed (fits a standard frame) or framed in a handcrafted, Northwestern Maple frame that includes a dustcover, wire hanger & felt bumpers.  The optional frame features shatter proof acrylic, instead of glass, making it ideal for a child’s bedroom.

 

Petit Collage ABC Poster - Made in USA Petit Collage ABC Poster - Made in USA


Perhaps the most recognizable Petit Collage pieces are the Limited Edition Collage on Wood wall hangings.  No two collages are the same, as each collage is made of found, vintage & painted papers.  Shapes are hand cut and applied to FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) Certified formaldehyde free maple with non toxic adhesives.  Then, each collage is sealed in a non toxic, water based finish with a glossy UV coat.  Collages are a limited variee of 50 & signed by artist Lorena Siminovich, pre-drilled in the back & ready to hang and enjoy.

 

Petit Collage Limited Edition Collages - Made in USA Petit Collage Limited Edition Collages - Made in USA Petit Collage Limited Edition Collages - Made in USA Petit Collage Limited Edition Collages - Made in USA


If you’re inspired to try your hand at making collages, watch Lorena on the Martha Stewart show to learn how.

Bunk Beds That Have Never Been Recalled

May 7, 2011

Filed under: Amish Baby Furniture,Product Reviews,Recalls — Baby Eco Trends @ 3:05 pm


On Friday, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) & Dorel Asia recalled to repair bunk beds due to collapse & fall hazards after receiving reports of side rails cracking or breaking.  The bunk beds were made in Vietnam & sold through Walmart, Kmart & Target from 2004 to 2009 for about $190.  You can read the details here.

The pictures look nice & that price tag seems unbeatable.  But we can’t help think “If it sounds too good to be true, it is”.  How can a wooden bunk bed (two twin beds) traveling 6000-8000 miles or more retail for under $200?  After the material, labor, transportation/distribution & import costs are calculated, isn’t is safe to assume they would total more than $200 wholesale, not to mention the retail cost?  The logical conclusion is that a lot of short cuts are taken along the way and that’s what keeps the CPSC busy issuing recalls.

Like our solid wood baby cribs & furniture, all of our bunk beds, twin beds & children’s case goods are made in the USA.  All pieces in Baby Eco Trends baby & children’s furniture collections are bench crafted by expert builders.  Our furniture builders do not simply nail pieces together, but rather use joinery that requires true craftsmanship.  Each piece is fully inspected by the shop owner before it is approved for shipping.

Solid Wood Joinery Solid Wood Dovetail Joinery Solid Wood Dovetail Drawer Detail


The materials used in our solid wood baby furniture, bunk beds, twin beds & children’s case goods are sourced in the USA from responsibly managed forests.  The glues & adhesives are non toxic, formaldehyde free & water based; water based paints are available and stains are the lowest VOC available.

Our furniture builders do not count on mass production & volume sales but rather satisfied customers that refer family & friends.  They take great pride in adhering to old fashioned woodworking techniques & standards and build their furniture to last several lifetimes.  Baby Eco Trends baby furniture & children’s furniture is made of the highest quality materials available and have never been subject to recalls.  When you see the quality for yourself, it becomes obvious why.

Growing Amish Furniture Collection

April 15, 2011

Filed under: Amish Baby Furniture,Product Reviews — Baby Eco Trends @ 4:01 pm


We recently returned from a furniture show that our favorite crib builder attends.  The show seems to grow larger & larger every year; even so, our crib builder stands out from the crowd with his unique designs & exceptional workmanship.  This year, he added a French Country 3 Drawer 1 Door Dresser/Baby Changer to compliment one of our best-selling baby cribs, the French Country Slats Crib.

Designed to complement any of our Indiana Amish Dressers/Baby Changers, a Baby Changing Tray converts a dresser into a baby changer during the time baby is in diapers.  Later, removing the Baby Changing Tray makes it a dresser fit for any bedroom in the house.  We offer a substantial savings on French Country dressers purchased with the matching French Country Slats Crib or the French Country Panel Crib.

 

Amish French Country 3 Drawer 1 Door Dresser/Baby Changer Amish French Country 3 Drawer 1 Door Dresser/Baby Changer wth Open Door

As with all of our heirloom Amish baby furniture, the Baby Changing Tray has dovetailed corners, they are not simply nailed together as in lower quality furniture.  The bottom of the baby changing tray has felt protection pads that prevent the dresser from becoming scratched.  Each Changing Tray comes equipped with brackets that fasten to the back of the dresser/baby changer to securely hold it in place.

Amish Baby Changing Tray Back —–Amish Baby Changing Tray


The newest addition to our collection of Indiana Amish baby cribs, the Trinity Convertible Crib, has more detailed design features than commonly found in Amish crib furniture.  The back side of the crib (which later becomes the headboard of the full bed) has four, symmetrical raised panels just below a rope twist that runs the length of the back.  The rope twist is repeated on the front rails (which later become the footboard of the full bed).  The legs have a routered edge that runs two thirds of the leg length with two horizontal grooves at the foot of the posts.

Amish Trinity Crib Rope Twist Detail - Amish Trinity Drawer Front Detail - Amish Trinity Leg Detail


Trinity case goods have an arched lower case with flat panels on the sides.  The drawers are made of dovetailed boxes with Euro-glide drawer slides; the drawer fronts have an extra routered design around the outside edge.  The tops have a roundover edge and the legs feature a routered edge with two horizontal grooves, as does the crib.  The backs & drawer bottoms of all our Indiana Amish baby case goods is made of Formaldehyde Free PureBond plywood that is CARB1 & CARB2 compliant.  Using CARB compliant plywood is one of the many ways our crib builder goes above & beyond the federal regulations that crib manufacturers must adhere to.  All case goods can be built with solid wood backs & drawer bottoms upon request.

Lastly, the newest item in our Indiana Amish collection is the McCoy Day Bed.  The McCoy crib is our top selling crib & after numerous requests for a day bed that incorporates the attractive features of the McCoy design, our crib builder obliged.  The McCoy collection has beveled edge tops with angled leg that gets wider and farther apart at the base.  All pieces feature mortise and tenon construction with an exposed joinery echo.

Amish McCoy Day Bed Amish McCoy Day Bed

How safe if your baby crib?

March 9, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Baby Eco Trends @ 4:23 pm

All baby cribs sold in the USA must meet the minimum CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) safety requirements.  All baby cribs sold in the USA must also meet the Federal Hazardous Substances Act standards.  JPMA certification is optional & not required by law.

So, is a JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) certified baby crib safer than one that is not JPMA certified?  The JPMA doesn’t go far beyond the requirements set forth by the CPSIA (Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008).  In 2007, the JPMA certified Simplicity crib recall affected over one million cribs.  The poorly designed Simplicity crib with its coveted JPMA seal of approval resulted in the deaths of three children.  This crib had been passing JPMA testing for nearly a decade before it was recalled; and the first recall occurred two years after the first child had died.

JPMA also has been dragging its feet when it comes to researching the safety of crib bumper pads & baby bottles containing BPA (Bisphenol-A).  Some have even accused JPMA of lobbying against baby bottle regulations.  JPMA has vigorously campaigned against making changes to the CPSC that would increase safety standards.  In our opinion, the JPMA seal alone is not enough.  JPMA is simply a sure sign that someone has paid a lot of money for certification.

We work primarily with small, family owned businesses that meet the CPSIA standards but who have not opted for the superfluous JPMA certification.  Our crib manufacturers voluntarily go beyond the requirements of the CPSIA & JPMA.  And even without the JPMA certification, our crib manufacturers have never had a recall.  Our baby nursery furniture makers take pride in creating beautiful & safe furniture that will last several generation after generation.  The furniture makers we feature do not mass produce.

As a nursery furniture retailer, we prefer to work with manufacturers that do not seek to only meet minimum safety requirements.  We screen for country of origin, materials used and manufacturing practices in addition to meeting CPSIA of 2008 standards.  We encourage all our customers to ask questions & conduct their own thorough research as opposed to relying on a purchased seal of approval.

Our nursery furniture makers are craftsmen creating family heirlooms on a small scale, the old fashioned way.  They are as interested in conserving, recycling & using sustainable, non toxic materials as we are.  Our USA made baby cribs use solid hardwoods, non toxic finishes/paints and non toxic adhesives.  Our solid wood baby cribs are formaldehyde free & use no particle board, no pressed wood, no MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) & no veneers.

We believe in supporting USA manufacturers that source their materials as close to home as possible and practice fair trade & labor standards.  We work hard to bring together a collection of sustainable baby products that do not pollute the air in baby’s nursery.  We take our mission seriously & would be happy to address any questions about the products we offer.  Thank you for considering American made baby furniture!

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