Coimbatore, Mar 5 (ANI): What started as a hobby has ultimately grown into a full-fledged business for Padmavathy, a manufacturer of organic toys in Tamil Nadu.
Right from teddy bears, furry rabbits, bubbly mickeys, dolls and famous cartoon characters Padmavathy makes everything with the help of women labourers working with her in Coimbatore.
The business started growing with demand for organic toys particularly after Chinese toys, which had a major share in the global market, were taken off due to non permissible chemicals found in it.
"We started with the business seven years ago in a very small way and later we got good orders and now we are getting more orders. Earlier, Chinese dolls dominated the global market and due to inferior quality and health hazards for children it was taken off. We thought of producing dolls made of organic materials," Padmavathy said.
Padmavathy makes about 10,000 pieces of organic toys in a month. She receives orders from countries like United States and Canada for the toys.
"When we sent a sample to United States, the response was good and now we are getting enough orders from there. We only use organic materials like organic cotton, organic cloth and organic dyes for making toys. These are totally harmless," she added.
In 2007, Mattel Inc, the world's largest toy maker, recalled over 18 million Chinese-made toys because of risks from small magnets that can injure children if swallowed, just two weeks after it recalled 1.5 million toys due to fears over lead paint. By Juhan Samuel(ANI)