About

Like many small businesses, Jade’s ToyBox arose from an unexpected need. A new mom learns that her toddler has several China-made toys containing lead and she and her husband panic. They get rid of just about all the plastic China-made toys and lead test everything else. As a journalist, it’s her nature to want to understand the problem and find solutions. Within a few weeks she is researching toys at trade shows and talking to manufacturers across the globe. The result was Jade’s ToyBox, a new kind of social enterprise: a retailer whose focus is as much on educating parents about safe, quality educational toys as it is on their unique products called Concept Boxes.

The JTB Concept Boxes are filled with a carefully vetted selection of eco-friendly toys, books and games pre-packaged to teach specific concepts to young children, like health and the body, personal safety, good eating habits, geography and travel, even sustainable architecture. The company also hosts free JTB Green Toy Party events where individual toys are sold along with the Concept Boxes. A portion of each event is donated to the charity chosen by the host organization and proceeds of several boxes go independently to specific charities, schools and children’s centers. The Hope for Kai Doc Box, for example, contains books about the body and going to the hospital and the doctor’s office; it includes real x-rays and a doctor puppet, costume, games and a doctor kit. But most importantly, it raises money for the family of Kai Anderson, a five-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Leukemia this year, while his dad suffers from an incurable lymphoma. As a result, the company ‘s mission is now focused on working with pediatric cancer centers to provide similar boxes to children undergoing chemotherapy or dealing with other illnesses. Another box in development, a special needs box for children with autism with be available in 2010.

The company founder, Angelique LeDoux and her husband, are passionate about kids, their safety and education. And LeDoux isn’t just a mom and a journalist, but she’s also a LEED AP green building consultant who knows a lot about green materials, safety and non-toxic environments. She also understands the impact that safer materials are having on the toy industry, as the majority of toys at JTB are made from sustainable resources or recycled materials, and all meet the newest CPSCIA (Consumer Product Safety Commission Improvement Act) standards, and include certificates of compliance.

One Response to “About”

  1. The Daily Reviewer Says:

    Hi!

    Congratulations! Your readers have submitted and voted for your blog at The Daily Reviewer. We compiled an exclusive list of the Top 100 parenting Blogs, and we are glad to let you know that your blog was included! You can see it at http://thedailyreviewer.com/top/parenting/2

    You can claim your Top 100 Blogs Award here : http://thedailyreviewer.com/pages/badges/parenting

    P.S. This is a one-time notice to let you know your blog was included in one of our Top 100 Blog categories. You might get notices if you are listed in two or more categories.

    P.P.S. If for some reason you want your blog removed from our list, just send an email to angelina@thedailyreviewer.com with the subject line “REMOVE” and the link to your blog in the body of the message.

    Cheers!

    Angelina Mizaki
    Selection Committee President
    The Daily Reviewer
    http://thedailyreviewer.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: