I found a wonderful family-run mail order store. Natural Toys. I spoke with the owners. They do their best to avoid plastic, toxic finishes and paints, and other materials that shouldn't be in children's mouths, beds, or arms. Not all the products would be completely safe for a person with MCS. Those products that have finishes have regular finishes and do outgas a little. The products with paint also use regular paint. Natural Toys is a retailer only and does not make any of their products. Here are some of the products they recommended as the closest to MCS-safe:
Tree blocks -- Unique blocks cut from retired tree branches. No finishes.
Kapla Planks -- Identical pieces of top quality marine pine for free style building. No finishes.
Alphabet Blocks -- Old-fashioned hardwood alphabet blocks. Jumbo-sized (1.5" sq.) with detailed, letters and images. No finishes but some paint.
Maple Rattle -- This gorgeous rattle is carved in Vermont from a single block of hard maple. The silky smooth wood is finish-free and is ideal for teething babies.
Butterfly Push Toy -- Push-toy for new walkers. I actually don't know how nontoxic this product is but I just fell in love with it. It's completely adorable.
Bunny Foundling and Teddy Foundling -- Little stuffed animals made of unbleached, 100% organically grown cotton fabric, and filled with unbleached conventional cotton. Embroidered eyes for safety.
Holiday Clearance Sale (going on while supplies last)
Nirvana Safe Haven/Nontoxic Hotline is run by a woman with MCS. She sells all sorts of air and water filters, organic beds and bedding, organic clothes, and other nontoxic products (including things not in her catalog). Contact her for a wealth of information about various products.
Simmons Natural Bodycare -- Family business. Products for natural and non-toxic home and personal care. Unscented bodycare, soaps, lotions, shampoos, and other products.
Low Levels and High Stakes
Nicholas A. Ashford, Claudia S. Miller. Hardcover, published 1997
Summary: Clarifies the nature of chemical sensitivity, how it differs from traditional allergies, and how federal and state governments can assist those affected by exposure.
| Home Safe Home: Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Everyday Toxics and Harmful
Household Products in the Home
Debra Lynn Dadd. Paperback, 1997.
|Clean and Green: The Complete Guide to Non-Toxic and Environmentally Safe Housekeeping
Annie Berthold-Bond. Paperback, Published 1994
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