With the move
products and eco-friendly
gifts becoming more popular year after year, toymakers specializing
in eco-friendly toys have really taken off as the go
green movement catches on worldwide.
toy manufacturers have led the way, major nationwide toy manufacturers
have jointed the bandwagon in
response to growing demands by parents for environmentally safe
toys made from natural, sustainable or organic materials,
a toy earth-friendly?
toys are those that perfectly dovetail into the "reduce,
reuse, recycle" principles of environmental sustainability.
(In addition, buying toys at craft fairs or neighborhood markets
reduces their carbon
footprint since shipping is not required.) Generally, their
manufacture saves fuel, reduces greenhouse
gases, and keeps usable materials from local landfills.
To that end,
eco-friendy toys are also usually made of the following materials:
- From trees that produce all of the world's latex rubber, rubberwood
is actually a sturdy material that is a byproduct of rubber
manufacturing. At one time, these trees were burned to make
way for another crop after they stopped producing sap after
25-30 years. Today, instead of going up in smoke, rubberwood
is used by toymakers to make toys of unusual beauty and durability.
- Used for centuries in China for building houses, boats and
is a sustainable grass, as tall as a tree, which grows back
in three years and remains a lightweight, flexible and strong
material perfect for kids toy manufacturing.
cotton - Because traditional cotton farming results in the
greatest use of pesticides than any other crop, choosing plush
toys or dolls made of organic
cotton goes a long way toward reducing the amount of pesticides
that find their way into the water supply.
materials - Toys made from commonly
recycled materials range from structural plastic outdoor
playsets to plush toys made from recycled yarn and other reclaimed
scares have also produced a public outcry against the use of lead
paint or suspected harmful plastics by toymakers. Phthalates
or BPA, suspected of adverse health effects in young children,
has resulted in at least one US state (California) banning their
use in 2009.
toy reviews and buying guides
Just up ahead,
find out more about popular green toys, with first-hand reviews
from our Toy Guru team, along with a collection of top resources
with information on how to choose and where to buy eco-friendly
toys around the Web:
Promising to teach a whole new generation about alternative
energy, the Green Dollhouse features its own solar energy
panel, rain collector and lots more cool features, with
built-in lessons for kids (and parents) on what going green
really means ....
Irwin Doll Outback Wildlife Rescue Doll
It seems only natural for a little girl who lives at a zoo
to spread the word of animal conservation. With a Logie
and an Emmy award for her work on "Bindi: The Jungle
Girl" on her tree house shelf, Bindi Irwin seems to
be following in her Wildlife Warrior dad's very illustrious
Action Solar Car
It's model building for a whole new generation, with a kit
designed to get kids' creative juices flowing. We opted
to leave the car translucent because it was cool to see
the inner workings. Fun, fast and educational, all you have
to do is add some research on alternative fuels and ...
voilà ... instant science fair project!
N Pull Elephant
Crafted from sustainably harvested hard maple wood made
with no added finish, the Push N Pull Elephant's brown details
are added by laser, so no inks or paints are used. They
are indeed a natural classic geared for years of play ....
about eco-friendly toys around the Web:
Earth-Friendly Toys for Kids
- A good resource list of online stores selling organic cotton
dolls, wooden toys, science kits, educational games and more.