Toy recalls have been in the news a great deal in recent years, first for lead-based paint and later, for PVC plastic (a.k.a., polyvinyl chloride). With millions of toys being recalled to protect children from these unsafe materials, what’s a parent to do? How can we satisfy a child’s desire for fun while ensuring that unsafe toys don’t inadvertently find their way into the playroom? Green Toys Inc., an innovative new company launched in 2008, provides the perfect solution.
The San Francisco-based Green Toys Inc. was created to satisfy the overwhelming demand from consumers and retailers for toys that are not only safe for children but good for the environment, too. All of the company’s classic eco-friendly toys for tykes are made from curbside-collected plastic milk jugs that are then recycled into one of the sturdiest, most nontoxic materials available. Even better, every pound of recycled milk jugs used to make Green Toys products saves enough electricity to power a television set for three weeks, or saves energy equal to 3,000 AAA batteries.
In keeping with Green Toys company mission to provide eco-friendly toys that promote recycling and save energy, their packaging is also designed with the environment in mind. Green Toys products are minimally packaged in recycled corrugated boxes with no plastic, cellophane or twist-ties. And it’s all recyclable to boot!
Green Toys planet-friendly products are 100% made in America — in California to be exact, a state well-known for strict toy safety standards. Additionally, all Green Toys products are rigorously tested by independent labs (also in the U.S.A) and contain no traceable amounts of Phthalates, BPA or lead-based paint.
Their introductory products included a cookware and dining play set, an indoor gardening kit, a (green) tea set, and a sand play set. For the spring of 2009, Green Toys added a dump truck, recycling truck, tool kit, jump rope and EcoSaucer™ flying disc to their award-winning line of eco-friendly toys.
A company press release in January, 2009 reports that in just their first year alone, Green Toys has garnered numerous awards and top accolades in the toy industry, including being named one of Parenting Magazine’s 2008 Mom-Tested Toys of the Year, and as well as being named Dr. Toy’s 2008 Green Toy Company of the Year for the colorful 27-piece cookware set. In addition, Green Toys products have proven to be best-sellers in a variety of different retail outlets.
Green Toys seems to have just what parents, retailers and the toy industry needs: enchanting eco-friendly toys that are imaginative, indestructible, and entertaining. If you’re looking for some good, old-fashioned fun that’s good for the earth too, check out Green Toys today.