Friday, February 19, 2010

Grab the Pop Corn: Wild Creations Science & Nature(TM) New Product Video

For your viewing pleasure, here is a video selection of some of the 60+ products we'll be bringing to store shelves nationwide, as well as here online this Spring. Teaming up with "Science Museum UK", "Natural History Museum", "Mensa", and "Wallace & Gromit", Wild Creations Science & Nature(TM) shall bring on a British Invasion of Toys and Games for young & old to explore and enjoy.



Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Let's dive into water...

Each day we get calls from our customers about our EcoAquariums, seeking advice, getting a question answered, or just to chat. (We love those) The calls are important to us because it allows us to help our customers, and to put a voice behind our products.

It seems that the most common questions we get revolve around the subject of water. Why can't I just use tap water? What is the difference between the types of bottled water available? Why only bottled spring water?

We recommend Bottled Spring Water as the eau de choix for our EcoAquariums. We prefer it to insure that the living gravel stays living. The brown gravel at the bottom of each of our EcoAquariums has been cultured in spring water and infused with anaerobic bacteria. It serves as the bio-digesting filter of waste products in the water and is the most underrated part of the ecosystem. Without living gravel, EcoAquariums are simply containers with water, plants, frogs, & gravel, but with it, a balanced ecosystem can be sustained. Using Bottled Spring Water exclusively, you can count on having the most natural water available, free of additives & chemicals.

Why not Tap Water? It's because of Chlorine. Most tap water has chlorine in it. City water supplies generally put 1 part per million of chlorine in its water to kill water borne bacteria. That's good for you & I to drink, but bad for the bacteria in living gravel...very bad. And filtering tap water won't do no good since you cannot be sure to get all the chlorine out. No tap water in EcoAquariums please.

On a side note, someone suggested using tap water and then conditioning the water with Chlorine "Fixers"... the chemical treatments sold in pet stores in aquariums. Again, we do not recommend Tap Water ever... the reason being that by using bottled spring water, you do not have chlorine to begin with, so there's nothing to treat. Spring water is as natural as bottled water can be, free of anything added except natural minerals and salts. You simply have no need to add chemicals (and hope you have added the right amounts). The objective is to have a EcoAquarium with the most natural internal environment possible. Unless you absolutely know what is in the water coming from your tap, you cannot be absolutely sure.

The real head-scratcher is what is the difference in all the different types of bottled water available.

To answer, let's go to the "font" of information...the Internet...

All bottled water sold in the United States (whether imported or domestic) must meet all of the same regulations.

Artesian Water\Artesian Well Water: Bottled water from a well that taps a confined aquifer (a water-bearing underground layer of rock or sand) in which the water level stands at some height above the top of the aquifer.

Drinking Water: Drinking water is another name for bottled water. Accordingly, drinking water is water that is sold for human consumption in sanitary containers and contains no added sweeteners or chemical additives (other than flavors, extracts or essences). It must be calorie-free and sugar-free. Flavors, extracts or essences may be added to drinking water, but they must comprise less than one-percent-by-weight of the final product or the product will be considered a soft drink. Drinking water may be sodium-free or contain very low amounts of sodium.

Mineral Water: Bottled water containing not less than 250 parts per million total dissolved solids may be labeled as mineral water. Mineral water is distinguished from other types of bottled water by its constant level and relative proportions of mineral and trace elements at the point of emergence from the source. No minerals can be added to this product.

Purified Water: Water that has been produced by distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis or other suitable processes and that meets the definition of purified water in the United States Pharmacopoeia may be labeled as purified bottled water. Other suitable product names for bottled water treated by one of the above processes may include "distilled water" if it is produced by distillation, "deionized water" if the water is produced by deionization, or "reverse osmosis water" if the process used is reverse osmosis. Alternatively "_____________ drinking water" can be used with the blank being filled in with one of the terms defined in this paragraph (e.g. "purified drinking water" or "distilled drinking water").

Sparkling Water: Water that after treatment and possible replacement with carbon dioxide contains the same amount of carbon dioxide that it had at emergence from the source. (An important note: soda water, seltzer water and tonic water are not considered bottled waters. They are regulated separately, may contain sugar and calories, and are considered soft drinks.)

Spring Water: Bottled water derived from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth. Spring water must be collected only at the spring or through a bore hole tapping the underground formation finding the spring. Spring water collected with the use of an external force must be from the same underground stratum as the spring and must have all the physical properties, before treatment, and be of the same composition and quality as the water that flows naturally to the surface of the earth.

Well Water: Bottled water from a hole bored, drilled or otherwise constructed in the ground which taps the water of an aquifer.

SOURCE: International Bottled Water Association (IBWA)
That's a pretty definitive description of all the different types of bottled water available, and if you have made it this far into the article, you can consider yourself an expert on bottled water trivia...The bottom line is this, to keep your EcoAquarium healthy, always use Bottled Spring Water. Count on it being the purest, most natural water you can buy, and you can be sure you have water free from harmful chemicals that can effect the ecosystem.
All this article writing has made me thirsty, I wonder why?

Friday, February 12, 2010

Wild Creations announces new Toy Division


New toy products with focus on fun, exploration, & discovery.

Myrtle Beach, SC based company Wild Creations Inc. announced today the creation of a new toy division with an expanded product line.
Wild Creations Science & Nature™ offers an exclusive line of toys, puzzles & games with a scientific theme, targeted for youths to young adults. The 60+ item product line includes selected toys from a variety of toy brands currently popular in Europe & the United Kingdom.
“We’ve always wanted to offer products that educate, inspire, and inform…,” said Rhett Power, co-owner of Wild Creations, “We’ve been successful with our EcoAquarium™, but our customers have asked for more.” The EcoAquarium™ is a compact aquarium ecosystem featuring African Dwarf Frogs with special appeal for young children to adults. The low maintenance, self contained aquarium allows you to get a “bird’s eye” view of a natural working environment.
In 2007 the company started distributing EcoAquariums™ to local stores. It was introduced for the first time on a national level at Toy Fair 2009 in New York City. To date, EcoAquariums™ are now sold in over 900 stores nationwide, as well as offered online at www.wildcreations.com.
The line of toys, which include Insect habitats, Botanical & Geological Discovery Kits, Remote Controlled Toys & other Nature & Scientific Kits & accessories, are expected to be available by June of 2010.

Wild Creations a “Toy of the Year” Hopeful

Myrtle Beach based company Wild Creations Inc., makers of the EcoAquarium™ await to see if a year of remarkable sales growth pays off, when the winners of the Toy Industry Associations 2010 “Toy of the Year Award” are announced at Toy Fair 2010, Saturday night in New York City. Wild Creations has been nominated in the Specialty Toy Category.

Wild Creations EcoAquarium™ is a compact aquarium ecosystem featuring African Dwarf Frogs with special appeal for young children to adults. The low maintenance, self contained aquarium allows you to get a “bird’s eye” view of a natural working environment.
In 2007 the company started distributing EcoAquariums™ to local stores. It was introduced for the first time on a national level at Toy Fair 2009 in New York City. To date, EcoAquariums™ are now sold in over 900 stores nationwide, as well as offered online at www.wildcreations.com .
On February 13, 2010 at Pier 60 / Chelsea Piers along the Hudson River waterfront in New York City, the “Oscars” of the toy industry will celebrate a decade of the most creative, innovative toys, games and entertainment products to thrill children of all ages, and will usher in a new year by honoring the most outstanding new toy products to hit the marketplace. Toy of the Year Awards will be bestowed in twelve (12) product categories PLUS an overall “Toy of the Year” designation recognizing North America’s top choice for the single best product to deliver fun and excitement to young consumers. The industry will also salute two of its own by honoring the 2010 inductees into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.
“The TOTY Awards celebrate the creativity and innovation of the toy industry and the products on the ballot represent this year’s “best of the best” as selected by those in the know – members of the industry itself,” said Carter Keithley, president, Toy Industry Association.
TIA is the not-for-profit trade association for producers and importers of toys and youth entertainment products sold in North America, representing over 500 companies who account for approximately 85% of domestic toy sales. Toy safety is the number one priority for the toy industry. TIA has a long history of leadership in toy safety including development of the first comprehensive toy safety standard more than 30 years ago, and working with government, consumers and industry on ongoing programs to ensure safe play.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Lookie here...

We're suckers for a pretty face, especially one peeking out of the water at the camera...
Our thanks to Takako Tsu for capturing the moment and posting it our Facebook fan page.

Early last year we started a page on facebook, today we have over 1080 fans. You can be one too...check it out here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Frog Fans for February

We're pleased to introduce you to Emily & Courtney T. our Frog Fans for the month of February!


Emily, who's favorite color is pink, is an aspiring TV talk show host or a policeman like her daddy, loves her two frogs Dora, and Benny the Bull.

Big sister Courtney, a future President of the United States or an internationally famous pop star, has a preference for blue and enjoys watching her frogs, Milley & Lilly as they do the "Zen Pose".

Both girls enjoy their trampoline and swimming like their frogs. A dynamic duo, and this months Wild Creations Frog Fans!
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