So the holiday season has snuck up and smacked me square in the back yet again. It’s like turning your back to the ocean you stare at it for a long time and get comfy with it, then turn your back to talk to someone and WHAM your off your feet and on your butt in the middle of the sand & water.
Back to the point! How did this holiday season end up here so fast and what to get the wee ones in your life? This year I’ve really started looking at the materials used in toys and where they were made. I am trying to buy toys and gifts that aren’t made of plastic or made in China. It’s actually a fun challenge if you think about it, I’ve gotten a chance to really look at some cool toys that I might not have found otherwise. So I am going to give you a few of my favorite finds.
The first toy I found was at the Green Expo in San Francisco. This is an amazing doll that is similar to the old fashion rag dolls, but with an Eco twist. The company is called The Earth Friends and they make great dolls from organic, recycled and sustainable materials. For more info about The Earth Friends, check out their site http://www.theearthfriends.com I think my favorite thing about this doll is the little details that remind me of dolls that my mom made me when I was little. The yarn hair, the big eyes, the tiny line nose and so many other things. Did I mention that B spent about 30 minutes lining the dolls up trying to figure out which one Santa might bring her.
Here is one of their fun dolls. Did I mention that they are sewn here in the US!
This is one of the little girl dolls that they have.
And here is one of the little boy dolls they have.
The next toy that I found is made of recycled plastic, the thing that really surprised me about this toy is how sturdy it was and how interesting the texture is. It’s made from recycled plastic, but doesn’t have that super smooth, cold, hard feel that plastic does. I love this dump truck and there are a growing number of recycled plastic toys out on the market so keep looking. Here’s one of the dump trucks from Green Toys, check out http://www.greentoys.com for more of the great products that they have. They have a great tea set that my little B loves, haven’t bought it yet, but it’s on the list.
There are a few other items that I am interested in looking at first before I make any recommendations about them. Until I get myself out of the house and into a store here are a few sites to check out for ideas on Eco toys.
http://www.fatbraintoys.com/toys/toy_categories/green_toys/index.cfm The cool thing about this site, besides the mass quantities they have of toys, is that they break down the “Econess” of the toys. They have categories which range from sustainable wood-recycled product- organic cotton. They also let you search by interest, age, gender and origin of toy. There really is a lot of items on this site.
http://www.moolka.com This is another company that has a lot of organic, wood toys. They carry a brand called Haba majority of their toys are made in Europe, mostly Germany but they do outsource to China. The thing is that this site offers you the ability to search by county where the product was made. They also have a lot of other brands as well. When B was little we had a lot of toys from Haba that came from England, my parents spent about 5 weeks in England the summer after B was born and seemed to bring back one of every toy they could find.
I hope you found this helpful. If you have any other recommendations I would love to hear about them! I’ll try to post more products as I find them.
To Greening up our kids!