Hi, I'm Cody, the mama & maker behind the monsters!
I'm a single mom of two kiddos, a four year old and a fifteen year old! We live in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, near Asheville.
As a mama, I know how important toy storage is to your sanity! Clutter from toys, books, and baby clothes can be so overwhelming & mentally exhausting, and teaching kids to pick up can be as much of a chore as picking the mess up yourself. That is why I created Mon-stor Toy Storage Bags!
Since all Lu & Ed monsters are made from textile discards, they are all one of a kind - each one as unique as the child who adopts them!
What are Mon-stors?
Mon-stors are toy storage bags shaped like monsters kids "feed" their toys, laundry or messes to. They make cleaning up fun for children, and help instill a life long habit of keeping their space tidy!
I have been making Mon-stors & monster toys since September, 2009. As a mother, I am passionate about the environment & sustainable toys. That is why each monster toy I make is totally eco-friendly, handmade in Asheville, NC with textile discards (robes, blankets, curtains, sheets, pajamas & other fabrics otherwise headed to landfills). Each Mon-stor is made from textile discards either collected through donations or scavenged from salvage centers. I use a closed loop recycling system, meaning even the tiniest bits of fabric get used so there is absolutely no landfill waste from the production of my monster toys!
Mon-stors come in two sizes, large & small.
Large is perfect for play rooms or bedrooms to tame toy clutter! Large holds almost an entire load of laundry, up to 8 Build a Bear sized stuffed monsters, over a dozen medium Nerf guns and more - anything you need accessible storage for, Mon-stors can eat!
Small are perfect to hang by the bed to hold pajamas & a nightly book for reading, or in the car to hold a change of clothes, diapers & wipes, snacks, umbrella, sunscreen, bug spray and the likes to keep car clutter under control & make road trips a breeze! These are also perfect for overnight bags for sleep overs, too!
To fully recycle textile discards, I use the scraps from the Large Mon-stors to make Small Mon-stors. The scraps from the Small Mon-stors, I use to make a variety of monster goodies - from stuffed monster toys in various sizes, to Monster Tooth Pillows & Tote Bags!
Feel monstrously awesome about purchases from Lu & Ed
The itty bitty scraps left over from those are diced up and blended with poly-fil - meaning there is absolutely no landfill waste from the production of Lu & Ed products. Saving the world, one monster at a time!
Thinking outside the box - another way I try to save the world!
Instead of purchasing packaging supplies that are created in a high energy factory that produces air pollution and tons of waste, I collect and recycle food boxes by flipping them inside out and using them for shipping. This reduces landfill waste, energy consumption & pollution. Orders from Lu & Ed are also sealed with bio-degradable tape, and hand addressed to reduce paper waste and energy used to produce address labels!
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