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Little Green Monsters deserve to have fun, to learn, to laugh, and to be engaged. Toys are a fantastic way to help satisfy these needs, and to encourage exploration, creativity, and sensory development. Whether it’s plush animals, board games or wooden blocks, toys provide countless hours of entertainment and education for children from birth until early adolescence.
These days, cost and convenience tend to take precedence over quality. As a result, well-made toys often play second fiddle to those made using cheap materials and labor. However, it’s important to remember that the more toys you break, the more you buy, and the more that end up in landfills rather than new homes. For this reason, efforts should be made to buy eco-friendly toys whenever possible. They’re better for the environment, and for little ones too!
There are a few guidelines you should follow when purchasing toys to ensure you’re getting the best items available.
1. Buy toys made with sustainable, renewable or recyclable materials. Look for products made from earth-friendly materials like natural bamboo, Forest-Stewardship Certified wood, recycled plastic, and organic fabrics such as cotton and hemp. (All recycled plastic products should be free from BPAs and phthalates.)
2. Always purchase toys made with non-toxic paints, dyes and coatings. Harmful chemical paints, dyes and lacquers are not only damaging to the environment, they pose a serious health threat to children (especially considering how frequently toys are chewed on!) Look for low-impact and non-toxic dyes, soy and vegetable-based inks, and water-based coatings in all purchases.
3. Look for products that are built to last. Think about the effect of your purchase long-term. Many toys are built with affordability in mind, rather than durability or longevity. Make a conscious effort- even if it means spending a little extra- to buy toys that will last, and have the potential to be passed along to younger generations. This saves natural resources, and helps reduce the amount of unnecessary waste in landfills.
4. Favor companies that promote environmental awareness. Buying from environmentally conscious companies is worthwhile, even if it means doing a little extra research. Find out what their policies are. Seek out toy manufacturers that do their best to reduce carbon emissions, that operate in a “green” workplace, use recycled materials in their packaging, or are actively involved in conservation programs.
Now that you know what to look for, you’re probably wondering how and where to purchase toys for mini Green Monsters. Fortunately, we’ve already found some of the best offers around- take a look!
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