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Eco-Friendly Toys for Toddlers

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Eco-Friendly Toys for Toddlers

By Sayward Rebhal, Networx

One of the greatest side effects of becoming a parent is the hope that it instills – the way that you can see the future stretching out in front of you, and how suddenly that future seems really, really important. Maybe that’s why moms and dads are some of the most passionate environmental activists. They have a greater stake in the game.

The good news is that nowadays, it’s easier than ever to make sure your purchase packs an activist punch. You can use your dollar for good, by choosing companies who make it their mission to preserve the planet. The ones below are just a few of my favorite larger operations, which are accessible to a wider audience. But remember, the “greenest” choice is something made locally, something handmade by an artist, or something secondhand. If you’re interested in going that route, check out Etsy, check out your city’s craft scene, and have fun poking around at thrift stores and garage sales. Otherwise, use this list as your little green short cut:

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. My two year old son would go bonkers for these!

Green Toys gets my vote because they turn 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.

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3:57PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012


5:11PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

thanks! This list was so helpful!

8:55AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

I like the idea of all of these except the first one. The construction of the toy itself may have been eco-friendly, but by giving a child a toy car you are turning a car into a "happy thing" for them, and thereby perpetuating the western obsession with personal cars.

3:13PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

12:57PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

thanks for sharing

12:57PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

thanks for sharing

5:49AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012


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6:23PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012


12:40PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

My son LOVES Green Toys's trucks. They are a great size for toddlers and really durable. Fantastic product

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