Our dogs are always chewing or sucking on
something. From puppyhood, they, like babies, love to put things in
their mouths. Given the prevalence of oral cancers, we wondered if their dog
toys were safe and non-toxic. Do I
want my dog chewing on toys that have PVC (polyvinyl chloride, a toxic chemical)
in the plastic? Do I want him ingesting processed materials or those made using
pesticides and growth hormones?
Going organic helps to keep chemicals out of the air, water, soil, and most
importantly - our bodies. One third of the world’s pesticides are used on cotton
crops alone. These chemicals are absorbed into the cotton plant, the air, the
soil, the water and eventually, our bodies. These harmful toxins also make their
way back into our food chain — the cotton seeds are
used to feed the cattle we get our milk and beef from, and also used to make
cotton seed oil, a cornerstone of the processed foods most families eat every
day; and it's just not bad for the planet; 20,000 deaths occur each year from
pesticide poisoning in developing countries, many of these from cotton farming,
according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
1995 data, U.S. farmers applied one-third of a
pound of chemical fertilizers and pesticides for every pound of cotton
harvested. When all 19 cotton-growing states are tallied, the crop
accounts for 25% of all the pesticides used. Some of
these chemicals are among the most toxic classified by the EPA. And, cotton is often bleached white before it is dyed, and the carcinogen
dioxin is produced during the process. Chemical dyes frequently include toxic
heavy metals such as chrome, copper and zinc, and sometimes known or
suspected carcinogens. Even natural dyes, because of their poor colorfastness,
are often accompanied by heavy metals to fix the dyes.
Simply Fido, the world’s first line of organic pet toys.
This company uses an alternate route of production for your loving companion’s
toys. From it’s beginnings as a seed, the cotton used for the plush fabric and
stuffing is grown without pesticides or herbicides. Organically grown, the
fibers are unbleached, untreated, and unprocessed.
Because the toys are all
natural, toxicity and allergy levels are greatly reduced, lessening instances of
sickness or irritation. There’s no need to coat the fabric with chemicals to
make it softer; due to improved soil fertility and harvesting methods, the
fabric is naturally softer than regular cotton.
Where do Simply Fido colors come from?
The company uses their unique PureWaterWash™ process to achieve their charming colors.
Untreated cotton thread is woven into gently flowing fabric
and then brightened with Mother Nature's own plants and minerals.
from a Chestnut Bur, red from the Madder Root, yellow from a Gardenia Seed, and
grey from the mineral Charcoal The fabric is then
triple-washed in pure water to set the color. As a result, each toy has its own
unique appearance and color variance.
Organic & Dye-Free Classic Plush
Baby your pets with peace of mind. These
super cute cuddly organic plush toys are a healthy alternative for your loving
companions. They are irresistibly cute and oh-so soft.
Made from safe, non-toxic, all natural organic fabric makes
them not only environmentally friendly, but much safer for playtime.
water organic dye process • Saliva resistant • Reduced toxicity and allergy
This rabbit is 11"
each comes with a removable squeaker in the
There are additionally 4 more squeakers which are not removable—one in each hand
Price is $16.99.
What does Organic mean?
All countries around the world define the term "Organic" in different
ways, and the citizens of those countries do not always agree on the definition
that is being used. For all intensive purposes, the following quote from USDA
presents a fair structure for the movement:
“What is organic product? Organic product is produced by farmers who
emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and
water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat,
poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no
antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic crops are grown without using most
conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or
sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation.
Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a Government-approved certifier
inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is
following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies
that handle or process organic products before it gets to your local
supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.”
Organic vs. Conventional:
Organic: Natural untreated GMO free seeds.
Conventional: typically treated with fungicides or insecticides. Possible GMOs.
Organic: Healthy soil through crop rotation. Retains moisture in soil from
increased organic matter.
Conventional: Synthetic fertilizers, loss of soil due to mono-crop culture,
Organic: Healthy soil creates natural balance. Beneficial insects and trap crops
Conventional: Aerial spraying of insecticides and pesticides. 9 of the most
commonly used pesticides are know cancer-causing agents.
Organic: Natural defoliation from freezing temperatures or through the use of
Conventional: Defoliation induced with toxic waxes.
Organic: Safe peroxide is used.
Conventional: Chlorine bleaching creates toxic bi-products which are released
into the environment.
Organic: Natural soybean softening.
Conventional: Petroleum-based softening
SimplyFido is a part of Hosung NY, a 25-year-old multinational
creator, manufacturer and distributor of high quality plush toys. They have
operations in New York, Shanghai and Hong Kong. With SimplyFido, pets can
celebrate the lifestyle of the eco-conscious home. SimplyFido offers more than
just playthings, they aim to teach values and environmental responsibility, all
while touching the hearts of our pets through whimsical plush toys, blankets and
products are tested for all ages and meet the highest product safety standards
including: ASTM, EN71, CE, BV Certified Non-Toxic 16CFR 1500.3(b)(5) and
(8)(FHSA regulations), Oeko-Tex Certification, and OCIA Certified Organic
ASTM: ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary
standards development organizations in the world — a
trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems and
services. Known for their high technical quality and market relevancy, ASTM
International standards have an important role in the information infrastructure
that guides design, manufacturing and trade in the global economy.
EN71- part 9: EN71 is European safety criterion for toys
effective since 1990 in the European Union (EU). The standard EN 71 – 9
specifies the requirements for migration or content of certain hazardous organic
chemical compounds from/in toy materials by the following exposure routes:
Mouthing, Ingestion, and Skin contact.
CE: The CE mark (officially Communaut' European marking) is a
mandatory marking on certain products, which was introduced by the European
Commission, and adopted in July 1993. The CE Mark is not a quality mark, but
rather a symbol that indicates conformity to the legal requirements of the
European Union (EU) Directive. Every manufacturer or first supplier in the
Community must place a CE mark on his toy to indicate that it has been made in
conformity with the essential safety requirements of the directive.
Certified Non-Toxic: Classification of not being toxic or a
skin/eye irritant as defined in the 16CFR 1500.3(b)(5) and (8)(FHSA
regulations), based on a Toxicological Risk Assessment by an approved Bureau
Veritas Consumer Products Services toxicologist.
Oeko-Tex Standard 100: The Oeko-Tex Standard 100
comprehensively addresses the Human Ecology component of textile products. It
evaluates and screens for any harmful substances present within processed
textiles intended to come into contact with consumers. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100
encompasses the industries established testing criteria for textile products and
also addresses quality assurance and test procedures. It not only takes into
account the finished textile goods, but also any associated accessories and
"grey" product areas such as fibers, yarns and buttons. In this standard, the
relevant harmful substances are defined together with limiting values, taking
into consideration the intended use of the product. For example, the clothing
products close to the skin, such as underwear and baby products.
Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA): One of the world's
oldest, largest & most trusted leaders in the organic certification industry,
OCIA has been certifying products as organic since 1985 and is accredited as an
organic certifier by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).