I am a mum who has a beautiful 3 year old girl called Safari. She is my inspiration for opening an online store selling natural, eco friendly toys.

I love being a mum and spending my days with Safari. We play, socialise and discover the beauty of this world together. I love connecting with nature and so it is important for me to do what I can to protect our beautiful planet. I have been very fortunate to be able to travel to many countries and some of the most amazing places in the world. I want Safari to have the same opportunity; to be able to see animals roam in the wild, indigenous tribes and majestic rainforests like the Daintree.

Safari climbing a tree

I’ve always been aware and concerned about the amount of toxins and chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis and the impact these harmful chemicals have on our health and the environment but when I fell pregnant I realised that I needed to do more, my body was growing another human life. So I cleaned out my home and threw away anything that was wasn’t organic or eco friendly.

We pretty much use organic and eco friendly household products only, grow our own vegies, buy a lot of our stuff from op shops and recycle, reuse and try to cut down our carbon footprint.

I remember thinking when I was pregnant how absurd it was that parents are made to feel they have to buy so many new baby products. Everything is battery operated and most are made to entertain babies which leaves me thinking what sort of disconnected society are we living in?

After Safari’s first Christmas I looked around at the ridiculous amount of toys she had received (all given with love of course!) and wondered what impact their production and later their disposable would have on the environment? I thought about all the children in third world countries that don’t even have enough food to eat. I felt sad, it was so unnecessary. There had to be a way to change things and it all started with one step, one idea and one determined mum. It was then that I decided to open my store ‘Eco Toys’ and sell handcrafted, natural, safe and environmentally friendly toys.

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