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25th May 2012

Get Your Children Eco-Toys to Play With!

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Just recently, I found an awesome eco-friendly article by Networx.com that talks about toy companies for those of you environmentally friendly parents out there.

If you’re a parent who wants to ensure that your child is playing with the greenest and healthiest toys available, keep reading!

Check out these four eco-toy tips below that have come directly from this article which I’d like to share with you:

1. Vehicles from Green Toys
This company is amazing, and their little toy trucks, made entirely from recycled plastic and produced in the USA, are absolutely adorable. Your two year old would go bonkers for these!

Green Toys gets my vote because it turns trash into treasure by recycling old milk jugs into brand new toys. The entire company operates out of California (in the San Francisco area), including manufacturing. American jobs are green jobs! And although they are made out of plastic, they are phthalate- and BPA-free.

2. Musical instruments from Plan Toys
We have a few of the Plan instruments, and can attest to their quality and beauty. They are simple, well designed products that children just seem drawn to.

Plan Toys gets my vote because it is a company deeply committed to environmental stewardship. All of its wood comes from spent rubber trees – that is, trees that are no longer producing and would be cut down and discarded (burned) by the latex industry. Plan uses nontoxic paints and does not use wood preservatives.

3. Organic Cotton Stuffies from Aminals
I love the look of these stuffed animals so, so much, that I kind of want them for my own. The designs are based on children’s drawings, and they’re just brilliant.

Aminals gets my vote because it uses 100 percent organic cotton and natural vegetable dyes. These toys are actually compostable! They are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard, which requires companies to meet its criteria regarding textile manufacturing and employee working conditions. Aminals is thus certified both sustainable and humane.

4. Ride-On Toys from Wishbone Design Studio
Wishbone bikes are the industry standard in wooden riding toys. Their 3-in-1 convertible balance bike grows with your child, transforming from a push trike to a small scooter, to a large balance bike.

Wishbone gets my vote because its company manifesto includes a declaration to “Sustainibilize Everything.” This has led to a bike made from 100 percent reforested birch plywood, a “no plastic packaging” policy, a carbon emissions offset program which certifies it carboNZero (the company is based in New Zealand), and more.

For more information, you can view the article by clicking here.

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