To celebrate Earth Day, here are five toy companies committed to earth-friendly materials, manufacturing, and business practices. They also happen to make some of my favorite toddler toys, period.
Known for their lovable stuffed toys made from organic cotton and recycled fiber filling, MiYim is the best source for eco-responsible licensed characters—considering they have partnerships with Disney and Dr. Seuss.
This fairly new toy company is committed to non-electronic, imagination-provoking toys made from plant-based materials like natural rubber, sustainable wood, natural cotton and wheat starch plastic. Beyond that, BeginAgain is pioneering a new material called “GreenDot,” which is a 100% compostable cornstarch bio-product. True innovation in earth-friendly toys.
Green Toys makes the kind of toddler toys you’d buy anyway—like play cars and tea sets—except these are entirely made from recycled plastic milk jugs collected locally (saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions). Green Toys are 100% free from BPA, phthalates, PVC, or any other questionable chemicals, plus they’re packaged in recyclable materials printed with soy inks. Green all around.
Plan Toys makes award-winning wooden toys with a fierce commitment to sustainable practices and materials, but they took their eco-conscious efforts a step further when they introduced “Plan Wood” in 2012—a line of toys made from leftover sawdust, organic color pigment, and an eco-friendly glue. So they basically recycled their waste into MORE toys.
Another environmentally friendly wooden toy company, which uses eco-conscious materials like rubberwood, tree sap, and even leaf pigment to make their toys. They’re probably best known for their Smart Balance Bikes.