Thursday, December 16, 2010

Green Toys Review:

Green Toys Inc. makes an awesome line of classic children’s toys constructed from recycled plastic and other environmentally friendly materials. This helps reduce fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improving the overall health and happiness of the planet.





Start Simple: Recycled Plastic Milk Jugs 

Green Toys uses recycled milk containers as the main ingredient in creating their toys. Yes, the exact plastic milk jugs that you and your family drink from every day. When you finish your milk and toss the container in the recycling bin, these milk containers are collected at your curb by a local recycling company, who then sorts them from all the other types of plastic. Next, the milk containers are reprocessed into super clean fresh plastic. For you plastic geeks, the plastic material they use is called high-density polyethylene (or HDPE). This material is considered one of the safest, cleanest plastics around.


Made in California, USA:
Less Transportation, Less Energy All Green Toys products are 100% made in the USA. To be more specific, they are produced in California, a state known for strict toy safety and environmental laws. It's cool to buy USA, but also think about this: transportation is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gasses. We all know driving less is good for mother nature, but did you ever think about how many miles a toy logs before it ends up in your local store?




Green Toys are truly local creations. Every step in the process, from milk container recycling to toy production to final assembly, occurs in California. The raw materials and toys aren't shipped from overseas, which saves a lot of energy and reduces greenhouse gasses. It also guarantees your toys won't get seasick before they get to your home.

Environmental Packaging 
Green Toys environmental mission even extends to the packaging. They strive to minimize packaging, and all of the boxes use as little material as possible. All Green Toys products are packaged in recycled corrugated boxes with no plastics, cellophane or twist-ties, and are 100% recyclable. So, not only are they earth-friendly and ready for your recycling bin, they are really easy to open for those little fingers just itching to get at the toys!!



















Toy Safety and Testing 
Green Toys products are tested by nationally recognized, independent, third-party 

labs (located, yes, in the USA.) They contain no traceable amounts of Phthalates 
or BPA. They are also designed without any external coatings, eliminating the fear 
of lead paint.

Our products pass a plethora of tests, including:
  • Consumer Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)
  • Consumer Products Safety Standard Specification, ASTM F963
  • California Prop. 65 restrictions on lead & cadmium
  • FDA regulations for food contact
  • Voluntary testing for no BPA (Bisphenol-A)
  • International standards EN71 and ISO 8124

I had the great pleasure to receive and review two different Green Toys.

First was the Green Toys Blocks.  Green Toys™ Blocks are the world’s most environmentally friendly basic building set. All 18 boldly colored blocks are oversized and lightweight, making it super easy for tiny hands to stack and unstack. This unique block set includes a variety of shapes for building castles, towers, or any imaginative structure budding architects can dream up. Most importantly, Green Toys Blocks are safe. No BPA, PVC, phthalates or external coatings, but plenty of Good Green Fun™. These blocks are made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk containers that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Packaged using only recycled and recyclable materials and printed with soy inks.

Noah loved these blocks! He can't quite lock them by himself yet, but he loves to try and stack the blocks together.  He is also fascinated with placing the blocks in and out of the packaging that they arrived in!




The second toy that we received and reviewed was the Green Toys Stacker.  The Green Toys™ Stacker takes a classic toy and makes it safer and more playful. The eight whimsically colored nesting pieces stack easily from large to small, while also allowing little builders to use their imagination and stack in any order.  Little ones can develop hand-eye coordination and color recognition while having plenty of Good Green Fun™. Most importantly, the Green Toys Stacker is safe. Its unique design has no center post. No BPA, PVC, phthalates, or external coatings. This Stacker is made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk containers which save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Packaged using only recycled and recyclable materials and printed with soy inks.

Since Noah is at the age in which he likes to stack, this toy was PERFECT!  As you can see he stacked and unstacked and stacked and unstacked.  It actually gave me time to pack!



I was highly impressed with these products. Not only for their entertainment value, but their mantra to preserve the environment, while creating safe toys for Noah to play with.

With Christmas only 9 days away, why not buy some of these great toys for the little ones in your life!

For a list of products and locations in which you can purchase these toys, please visit Green Toys!

2 comments:

Jen said...

I bought some of their toys as gifts for this year!

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