Shmuddle Buddies are a colorful and soft cast of lively characters that are more than just a lovable friend for your child -- they're good for the planet as well. Made with eco-friendly materials in a variety of creatures to suit both boys and girls, and certified by Green America, Shmuddle Buddies are stuffed toys you can feel good about giving. Learn more about these unique toys like Monster Dave and his best friend Monster Sam (shown above) on the following pages.
Shmuddle Buddies are made entirely in the United States and are 100% handmade by chief designer Jessica Butterick along with other talented women including crochet professionals, movie costumers and set designers, students, and moms who love to crochet. There are no factories involved and Shmuddle Buddies does not ever support child labor or unfair, exploitative labor practices.
Shmuddle Buddies are made with sustainable materials – in most cases, certified organic cotton yarn. Some of the Buddies are made from undyed wool or recycled fibers as well. The Shmuddle Buddies fabric patches come from durable vintage sheets and the dolls are stuffed with recycled, hypoallergenic fiberfill. Organic wool stuffing fill is available as well.
The organic cotton yarn used by Shmuddle Buddies is made from color-grown, Fair Trade Peruvian cotton and is grown and picked by hand. This cotton is grown without chemicals, pesticides, or genetically-modified (GMO) seeds.The yarn is dyed with wild botanicals not chemical colors and is also certified organic and Fair Trade. The wool stuffing comes from a 100-year-old GOTS certified cooperative near Ashland, Oregon.
Why organic wool?
Organic wool is processed with mild, biodegradable detergent and no chemicals. Plus, this organic wool is naturally dust-mite repellent and hypoallergenic. Farmers who process organically made wool use less harmful practices than conventional wool producers, such as not overstocking their pastures and using trained sheep dogs instead of chemical poisons to ward off predators. On top of this, organic farmers and producers use fewer harmful herbicides and pesticides on fields where sheep graze.
Shmuddle Buddies boast quality craftsmanship and are safe for all kids. All the Buddies come with plastic safety eyes as a rule, but for children under the age of three embroidered eyes are available for better safety, and for no additional charge. While Shmuddle Buddies are made to be sturdy, if you do find a problem, you can contact the company and they’ll fix it for free.
These organic toys are more expensive than what you may be used to paying for stuffed animals. However, you have to weigh the cost of quality organics with the environmental and ethical costs of conventionally grown cotton and shady child labor practices. Green toys made with fair labor practices cost more, and they should, because it takes more time and patience (not to mention certification costs) to produce organically made, Fair Trade toys. Read “Why eco-friendly goods cost more” to learn why organics are more expensive. Shipping is always free within the USA.