Everyone deserves to live in a healthy and safe environment. That environment includes where you live, work, play, and pray. We reject and actively push back against racist rhetoric, actions, policies and institutional oppression that leads to state-sanctioned brutality, gun violence, and harm that again and again assaults communities, particularly communities of color. We are committed to working for justice and equity, and are in solidarity with social, racial, and environmental justice organizations to build community, understanding and honest dialogue to address the root causes of violence, harm and hate.



Tips & Resources

  • Avoid inexpensive metal jewelry, often contaminated with lead or cadmium. Check out Healthy Stuff and the California DTSC for examples of problem jewelry to stay away from.
  • Look around local farmers’ markets and shops for handmade toys.

WVE Expert: Alicia Voorhies

Alicia Voorhies
Alicia, founder of The Soft Landing, is a Registered Nurse and unapologetic medical research geek. She works with her mom and sisters to educate parents about the dangers of toxic chemicals in everyday products and their effect on growing children.  The Soft Landing team specializes in childproofing and healthy home consultation for families who are interested in protecting their loved ones ones from physical harm and from toxic chemical exposure.

Alicia’s Picks

Younger Kids’ Toys

Kleynimals Baby Kleynimals Stainless Steel Key Teethers: It’s nearly impossible to find anything that teething babies will accept as a substitute for lead-filled keys.  Then along came Kleynimals!
Handcrafted wooden cow xylophone Handcrafted Wooden Cow Xylophone: Little ones can make music without being exposed to toxic chemicals in the water-based paints and varnishes used for this xylophone.
Dandelion Handcrafted Pretend Play Rattles Dandelion Handcrafted Pretend Play Rattles: These eco-friendly, easy to grasp rattles are eye-catching, making the perfect grow-with-me, washable toys for babies and toddlers.
Plan Toy Miracle Pounding Plan Toys Miracle Pounding Set: Constantly moving balls help hone hand-eye coordination, and no worries when baby mouths them either.
 Wonderworld Musical Tree Tiny Love Musical Stack and Ball Game: This sweet little elephant provides all kinds of entertainment without toxic plastic.
WOW Sidney School Bus WOW Sidney School Bus: The WOW school bus provides a fun, safe way for toddlers to learn shapes and organizational skills.
Rich Frog Sparky Rabbit Natural Rubber Baby Teether Toy Rich Frog Sparky Rabbit Natural Rubber Baby Teether Toy: It’s tough to find PVC-free bath toys and teethers, but this natural rubber rabbit fits the bill perfectly.
Hevea Natural Raw Rubber Bath Toy - Polly Fish Hevea Natural Raw Rubber Bath Toy – Polly Fish: If it’s in a baby’s hand, you can bet it’ll end up in their mouth! So why not make sure their bath toys are made from non-toxic materials?


Older Kids’ Toys

HAPE Bamboo Collection Rapido Game HAPE Bamboo Collection Rapido Game: Ever heard of bamboo “marbles”? Oh yes, Hape made it happen with this memory building game for kids.
Green Toys 16 Piece Salad Set Green Toys 16 Piece Salad Set: Green Toys allow your kiddo to have the pleasure of cooking for you while helping reduce plastic waste too!
3-in-a-row Friend Game 3-in-a-row Friend Game: Made from rubber wood, this game is made using non-toxic paints, dyes and lacquers and formaldehyde free glue.
Arterro Wool Felt Bug Kit Arterro Wool Felt Bugs Kit: Your creative kids can replicate the amazing bugs in nature with art supplies that help protect them like 100% natural wool felt shapes, glass and wooden beads.
 ANIMAL UPON ANIMAL GAME Haba Animal Upon Animal Game: The unique balancing game’s pieces are made of wood that is taken only from PEFC-certified sustainable forests in Germany
Sprig Toys Blocks Ol Mac's Barnyard Playset Sprig Toys Blocks Ol Mac’s Barnyard Playset: Sprig rocks the barnyard with their battery-free, eco-friendly, paint-free, kid-powered toys that are made from recycled materials.
Max's Mud Organic Sculpting Dough Max’s Mud Organic Sculpting Dough: What a find! Max’s Mud provides a truly worry-free sculpting dough that is made with certified organic, gluten-free rice flour.
P'kolino Finger Paints P’kolino Finger Paints: Fingerpaints are a surprising source of toxic chemicals, so keep your child safe with these non-toxic, water-based, washable paints.


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