April 22, 2014

Celebrate Earth Day with Green Toys

Today is Earth Day!

In honor of the annual day of environmental action, I would like to highlight a great eco-friendly toy maker, Green Toys, which makes an awesome line of classic children’s toys constructed from recycled plastic milk jugs and other 100% recycled materials. This helps reduce fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improving the overall health and happiness of the planet. They are also made here in the USA.

Green Toys Animals-on-WheelsBest of all, my kids really like Green Toys! I was first introduced to them at Toy Fair earlier this year. Green Toys products are also the only toys on the market made from 100% recycled post-consumer recycled materials, and are the only ones on the market packaged exclusively in 100% recyclable cardboard, with no twist ties or plastics that must be discarded into landfills.

My boys have their Animals-on-Wheels turtle. They are already loving cars and especially like the handle so they can easily drive the car up the walls and carry it around from room to room making vroom noises. The compact, rounded bodies are designed with no sharp edges or metal axles, making these rollers perfect for encouraging imaginative, eco-friendly play for early crawlers. Also, they are super safe with no BPA, phthalates, or PVC, and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, which is why we especially like taking these to the beach and sandbox.

Green Toys Pizza ParlorAlso, since my family are pizza makers including my dad and my sons' grandpa, I had to get their Pizza Parlor play set. I especially love that this toy is unisex as it's hard to find kitchen playsets that are made for boys too. They even make a pink dump truck toy for girls, which I think is very progressive of them. The pizza play kit comes with a pizza delivery box, a plastic pizza cutter and stacking play food products and toppings. Adorable!

We also have the Green Toys Shape Sorter. They like the challenge of it and I like that they are learning shapes and developing eye-hand coordination, problem solving, and fine and gross motor skills in the process. Here's Logan all over it:
You can find Green Toys at specialty toy stores and on Amazon.com.

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