So we’ve put together a list of our favourite eco friendly toy brands to help you to choose.
All Green Toys products are made from 100% recycled HDPE plastic from milk cartons and yoghurt containers. Green Toys packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable, with no plastics, cellophane or twist ties.
They’re safe – BPA and phthalate free, and obviously no PVC. They meet all the international toy standards for safety, too.
They’ve won too many awards to list here, so go check them out.
- They’re toys that encourage imaginative and active play
- That they divert materials from landfill
- They’re inside or outside toys, and they go in the dishwasher if they get dirty!
PlanToys use rubberwood from latex trees that are no longer producing. They even ensure that no fertilizer is used on the trees three years before the trees are cut down, and a chemical free drying process to make sure that the wood is strong and safe.
A fairly recent innovation from PlanToys is the use of PlanWood. Along with solid wood, PlanToys uses a compound made from surplus rubberwood saw dust. It’s compacted under pressure, using organic pigments for colour and formaldehyde free E-zero glue. There’s no other heavy chemicals used, and the material is super durable. It can even go in the dishwasher.
They have a complete sustainable manufacturing ethos, and helps out the local community in Thailand where the toys are made. They’re a pretty amazing company.
Not only that, the toys are awesome. PlanToys are multiple award winners, from design awards to parent and teacher awards, and best toy awards.
What we love about PlanToys:
- Their whole sustainable, eco friendly kind of ethos
- Classic, iconic toys that last through multiple children
- Truly educational toys that help children develop through play
Haba Toys produce wooden toys in Germany from a PEFC certified sustainable forestry. Toys are painted using water-based ecological solvent-free lacquers that are extremely resilient, meaning that toys are safe for young ones and withstand wear and tear from hand to mouth.
What we love about Haba:
- The educational perspective, designed with creativity, fun and versatility in mind
- They are manufactured in the same place as their headquarters, in Germany, meeting and often exceeding tough European safety standards.
- They’re extremely tough and long lasting toys, making them great value for money
Wishbone are a fantastic company with a small but extremely impressive product offering unlike anything you’ve probably come across. Wishbone have revolutionalised the way your child learns to ride – with 2-in-1 and 3-in-1 bikes that teach your child how to walk, then ride, from the ages of 12 months to 5 years with one bike. Wow!
What we love:
- They promote 100% repairable products – it’s not often that you see a toy company promoting less consumption.
- They’re made using sustainable birch wood, non-toxic glues and finishes, and they even produce a 100% post-consumer recycled carpet with glass fibre added for strength.
- Wishbone have gone beyond the materials in their quest for sustainability. Kids grow so quickly, meaning the best you can often hope for is that your kids’ toys last long enough to be passed down to their siblings, cousins or be donated. Investing in a toy that your child will cherish for up to 5 years, not to mention learn from as well, is truly at the heart of sustainability.
Everearth are committed to the small changes we can make in our everyday lives to leave our children with a healthier planet – starting young, with children’s toys. They use sustainable materials and methods to produce quality wooden toys that are built to last, with a focus on personalising toys to cultivate a sense of respect and ownership from each child. In 2005, the company established the Sunshine Group to focus on the environment and philanthropy, traveling to poor regions of China to donate much needed supplies to local villages and schools.
What we love about Everearth:
- For every toy sold and registered, Everearth plants a tree in their FSC certified forest.
- They take their sustainability message beyond eco friendly materials and into their factory, like solar energy, natural lighting, recycling and re-purposing their waste products like sawdust.
- They’re committed to internal education of their team on sustainability, and have even purchased a once barren lot near the factory for a vegetable farm, where employees grow, harvest and eat the produce from the farm.
I’m Toy was established in Thailand, producing wooden and fabric toys from sustainable rubber wood plantations in Thailand.
What we love:
- Toys are carefully designed with creativity and multi-functionality in mind to keep your children interested.
- Their brightly coloured toys are designed to capture the imagination of your little ones for hours of enjoyment, and for years to come.
Whilst many eco friendly toy brands are wooden toys, Apple Park have developed a range of eco friendly soft and plush toys. Founded in San Francisco, Apple Park toys are produced from organic materials, stuffed with GMO free corn fibre and using low-impact, non-toxic dyes so your kids can snuggle and chew on their favourite soft toys without you worrying about any nasty chemicals or residue.
What we love about Apple Park:
- Certifications galore, from the Global Organic Textile Standard, American Society for Testing and Materials for Toy Safety, AZO dye free, OEKO low impact dye, ICTI certified factory Consumer Product Safety & Improvement Act and International Council of Toy Industries.
- They’re a member of the Organic Trade Association, encouraging global sustainability
- They’re multiple award winners including best vacation product and best green product.
Hess Spielzeug began as a one man company in a garage in Germany, now employing over 70 people in multiple factories still in Germany to produce award winning, high quality products your children will love. Toys are produced using only sustainable native European woods such as beech and maple, manufactured under environmentally friendly conditions and finished using 100% non-toxic, water based paints that are saliva resistant.
What we love about Hess Spielzeug:
- Down to the detail, such as strings, elastics and glues, these products remain non-toxic. Any metals are nickel and lead free.
- They’re compliant with the strict European safety standards.
- They place huge importance on product development. Safety is paramount and designs are constantly tinkered with, tried and tested on kids for quality, creativity and versatility.
Keptin Jr is a Dutch company who recognise the importance for kids to have soft toys to cuddle, and set about making eco friendly products to satisfy this need. Materials used are 100% organic cotton and pure wool. Acknowledging that soft toys are cuddled and chewed on constantly, their products are designed with durability in mind.
What we love about Keptin Jr:
- This is a neat one. Though their products stay in the collection for a long time, making replacing your child’s favourite cuddle toy easy, they also offer a service to reproduce a ‘lost cuddle’ even if it’s no longer part of their current collection.
- They continually conduct research into the importance of cuddles on a child’s development and wellbeing.
- Safety is placed on putting rattles inside protective casing, inside the toy which has been meticulously finished with strong stitching.
Glottogon is an Australian company designing puzzles, games and fun stuff for kids to inspire learning through play. Their puzzles are made with recycled board and printed with vegetable and soy based inks. They place emphasis on knowing where the trees were grown and that they are from sustainable, managed forests.
What we love:
- Their bold, vibrant, chaotic style that screams fun and keeps kids engaged in learning.
- Their many, many awards, which you can check out on their Facebook page here.
- Did we mention fun! There’s no better way to learn and be entertained.
Wonderworld Toy is headquartered and manufactured in Thailand and create beautiful wooden toys from sustainable rubber wood plantations. This is because rubber wood trees in excess of 25 years of age no longer produce latex for commercial use, and are then cut down to make way for more rubber wood trees. Using rubber wood trees for their toys means that every part of the tree is put to use.
What we love about Wonderworld Toy:
- Each year, Wonderworld Toy plant one tree for every tree used to produce their toys, and that’s in addition to the tree already planted by the farmer.
- Their list of awards is too many to mention, so check them out here
- A special mention goes out to their Colour From Nature range, which is vegetable dyed. Carrots and marigolds produce vibrant orange and bright yellow, butterfly peas and gardenias produce rich, deep purples. What’s not to love about that!
Have we missed any? What’s your favourite eco friendly toy brand?
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