A list of some of our favorite environmentally conscious, eco-friendly toys for a range of ages.
When I got the idea to put this list together, I knew Grimm’s wooden toys were to be at the top of my list. First off, they’re a German based company that manufactures toys that are safe for baby and child. If you’ve done even the smallest bit of research, you’ll know that Europe is a bit ahead of North America when it comes to the safety standards of baby & child products (car seats anyone?!).
In the case of Grimm’s, the natural wooden blocks and toys are conditioned with natural oils, and decorated with paints non toxic paint that is maintained simply by washing with warm soapy water. The colors and craftsmanship of their toys make them enjoyable for baby and gorgeous for the home – take a peek at some of our favorite designs and colors. You could design baby’s room around these color schemes!
Their motto is “Everyday is Earth Day”, which kind of explains it all. Manufactured in the US and made from 100% recycled plastic (toys are also packaged in 100% recycled materials), these toys educate children from the minute they receive the toy how important it is that we take care of our planet. As such, some of our favorite selections for toys are the Recycling Truck, The Dump Truck (in pink too!) and the Garden Puzzle (features a watering can that is too cute). The colors are soft and muted and not obnoxious like other plastic toys can be. We’re fans! www.greentoys.com
This company has been around for over 30 years, and they know how to grow with the changing times. Their stock of wooden toys are made from rubber trees that no longer produce latex AND To keep the wood pure, no fertilizer is added to the soil three years prior to cut the trees down – talk about long term commitment. Add organic pigments, water based dyes and non-formaldehyde glue, innovative designs (beet root clapper!? Come on!), and we’re sold. www.plantoys.com
The company itself is family owned by Janice & Mohamed Masoud, whose philosophy stresses
the importance of organic farming, nurturing our global community, ethical sourcing, and promoting health and harmony.
The philosophy shines through their products which use 100% organic
Egyptian cotton and are free of BPA, formaldehyde, flame retardants, and other hazardous chemicals.
The designs are seriously TOO cute and go along with their mission to promote organic farming – try to look at this “veggie crate” without smiling.