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Behind the Brand: Tots Bots

Added on 17 June 2014 in Behind the Brand, Environmental considerations, Ethical manufacture, Tots Bots

Fiona Smyth designed and made the first Tots Bots cloth nappies using an old towel in October 2000 for her own baby. "I was pretty surprised at how well my prototypes worked and took a very brave step….I ordered a 50 metre roll of towelling! I made some for friends and the feedback was really positive. I sent samples to a couple of internet nappy retailers (there were only about 8 at the time!) and they loved the nappies and placed their first orders immediately. At that point I didn’t even have a name for the nappies. The first test order was sent out in January 2001 and it wasn’t long before we had a kitchen full of fluff (literally) and my husband, Magnus had to give up his job to help."

Now almost 14 years later, Tots Bots is still a family run business, although Magnus and Fiona are no longer sewing nappies at their kitchen table! Tots Bots have their own factory in Glasgow, Scotland, where all their nappies are made.  "In our current economic climate." Fiona says, "we feel it is important to employ and train people in need of work. It is nice to be one of the few growing manufacturing businesses in the UK." And Tots Bots nappies are serious award winners, having taken home a number of major ones.

Ethical manufacture is of paramount importance to the Tots Bots team. All of their raw materials and components are ethically sourced. They have been granted an Ethical Consumer Best Buy Label in recognition of this.

Tots Bots have taken the step of ensuring their whole range of nappies holds Oeko-tex 100 certification to guarantee that no harmful chemicals have been used in the TotsBots production process. This is a really big thing!

Tots Bots also considers the environment when it comes to packaging, transport of their nappies, and waste. Even their fabric waste is is collected monthly by a boxing bag manufacturer to be recycled!

There is also a loyal group of 'Fluffragettes' - Tots Bots brand ambassadors who spread 'nappiness'!

And in exciting news, the latest Tots Bots nappy has just been released to excellent reviews. Check out our closer look at the Tots Bots EasyFit v4 cloth nappy.


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