Not long ago Marghanita Hughes watched her children at one with nature. They chased
large swallow-tailed butterflies and bright blue flighty dragonflies in the back yard. She
and her partner/husband David, along with their three children, Jasmine, David and Samuel,
became concerned about the destruction towards Mother Nature and the lovely butterflies
Marghanita was compelled to use her illustrative work to raise awareness among children
about how global warming affects the environment. She knew the importance in having
children understand and participate in reducing the harmful effects we have on our planet
and all that inhabit it.
Shortly thereafter Butterfly Girls and Dragonfly Boys came to be the Little Humbugs. Mother
Nature needed help and the Little Humbugs collectible educational dolls and book series was
the perfect way to get children and parents involved.
And so the journey began...
Marghanita and David began their journey through their Design company, Wildwood Media.
First came an educational website using Marghanita’s engaging illustrations to introduce kids to the Little Humbugs world and discover simple ways to help Mother Nature. Next, the first paperback novel in the Little Humbugs book series was created.
Books are printed on post consumer waste paper and printed locally to keep the carbon
footprint to a minimum.
Bringing the book characters to life in doll form was something Marghanita felt strongly
about. These high quality dolls are a true representation of the book characters.
The dolls encourage skills such as imaginative play and learning the importance of
the natural world, which are necessary foundations for a child’s emotional and
When you instill a love of nature in a child - they will protect it.
Sustainable Practices at Wildwood Media Ltd
We are a small company strivivng to do our very best, always trying to improve on everything that we do. We create safe, educational and healthy products to connect kids to nature while keeping our company footprint to a minimum.
The Little Humbug All Natural Lotions and Potions are formulated and manufactured in Kelowna BC in a certified organic facility utilizing only all natural ingredients. We only choose ingredients harvested from sustainable resources and will source alternative ingredients, if the ingredients are deemed to be creating a negative impact upon the environment.
The Little Humbugs All Natural Lotions and Potions are packaged in recyclable containers. All of our products are ‘clean’ and use zero preservatives, artificial colours or synthetics or animal by-products. All of our products are biodegradable. No animal testing.
The Little Humbugs Book Series (Chapter books and Picture books) are printed in Canada on 100% post consumer waste paper, chlorine free and old growth free paper. Printed using vegetable based inks
The Little Humbugs Bead Collections are made by from all natural wool by women in Nepal through Fair Trade. The Beads are then assembled in Canada as a bead kit using a biodegradable envelope made in Canada.
The Little Humbugs Cards and Invitations are made in Canada using 100% recycled paper and packaged in biodegradable envelopes
The Little Humbugs Birthday Banners (Bunting) and Party Bags are made by local BC women using 100% cotton or felt made from recycled bottles and packaged in biodegradable envelopes.
Origin: Canada (Felt USA)
The Little Humbugs Nika Gemstones are sourced from BC and USA and packaged in BC using felt pouches made from recycled bottles. (The pouches are hand made in BC).
The Little Humbug Dolls are designed in Canada and made in China by a European owned manufacturer. The Butterfly Girl dolls come in a chrysalis just like a real butterfly. The chrysalis was designed to be the packaging – eliminating the need for wasteful and unnecessary packaging.
Moving forward with the dolls: 2009 production dolls: Nika the Gemstone Collector and Dragonfly Boy Dolls are filled with 100% recycled content made from recycled plastic bottles. The dolls hang tag doubles as a pledge to help look after the environment. Printed on recycled card.
Dragonfly Boy comes in a recycled tube which doubles as the packaging and can be reused for the child’s penholder, bits & pieces or a place to keep their special treasure they find on their outdoor adventures. Reinforcing the importance of recycling.
Origin: Dolls - China.
Wildwood likes to give back: Kati the Canadian doll was developed to raise the awareness of the importance of Butterflies to our ECO systems. For every Kati, the Canadian Butterfly Girl Doll sold a tree is planted in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico. Global ReLeaf, American Forests. Further details of the fund
We donated Little Humbugs Earth Packs to many schools and nurseries in celebration of Earth Day 2009.
We are currently working on a Free colouring booklet – INSIDE OUT campaign (with the little Humbugs) which will be available Free for parents, teachers, parks and camps throughout Canada.