Top environmentally responsible toys
Here are some toy brands you can confidently keep in your home and give as gifts this season
With the toy recalls that seem to pop up every year, buying a gift for a little one can feel a bit overwhelming. To help simplify the process, I’ve spent some time digging up environmentally responsible toy brands, from the popular to the less well-known, that make products for children. Below are nine toy brands you can confidently keep in your home and give as gifts this holiday season.
We set out to create a sustainable, for-profit business in Honduras that would have a positive social impact. The result? Tegu, which specializes in wooden blocks with a magnet hidden inside. Tegu pays their Honduran workers a living wage and focuses on long-term career growth. They work with Honduran cooperatives to select each of the trees they use and color their blocks using nontoxic water-based dyes.
With a few of Green Toys’ creations bouncing around our home, they are a definite favorite. Green Toys makes all of its toys from recycled plastic, primarily recycled milk cartons. This post-consumer plastic is collected, cleaned, shredded, reprocessed, mixed with food-safe coloring, and then turned into fun toys kids are sure to love. Perhaps my favorite part is their ingenious packaging. Using no annoying twist ties or cellophane wrap, they manage to keep toys securely in their packaging with cardboard and the occasional plastic component. Some top picks include:
- Shape Sorter
- Car Carrier
Alright, so this last one isn’t a toy brand, but for the particularly crafty out there, it’s surprisingly easy to make your own sustainable toys. My daughter has spent hours upon hours in her playhouse made from a jumbo cardboard box. Spend a few minutes perusing Pinterest and I’m sure you’ll find a toy or two you could easily make at home that your child would love. If you’re a bit more crafty, there are many great websites that sell plans for making your own wooden toys. They even teach you how to paint them so they’re safe for your little ones.
North Star Toys
Started by another husband-and-wife team, North Star Toys focuses on creating handcrafted wooden toys out of sustainable materials. These toys are made in their workshop in New Mexico and often use leftover wood from local cabinet shops. All the electricity needed to power their shop comes from renewable sources. Some top picks include:
- Baby’s First Animals Collection
- Let’s Go Walking Puppy
- Classic Vehicles