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Article Archive: Eco-Friendly
Top-10 Most-Wanted Eco-Friendly Toys
This Spring, get green!...

4/1/2015



Q&A With Will Haughey, Co-Founder of Tegu
Will Haughey and his brother Chris grew up volunteering for several international charities, so when they decided to go into business together in Honduras, they knew that they wanted their company to help drive the local economy and make life better for the people living in the community...

1/1/2013



Q & A With Dane Scarborough of Uberstix
TDmonthly Magazine had the chance to interview Dane Scarborough, creator of Uberstix. Below, he shares how he got started, how his product encourages kids to up-cycle, and what sets his product apart from the rest...

12/1/2012



Q&A With Deborah Schimberg of Verve, Inc.
Deborah Schimberg, president of Verve, Inc., invented Glee Gum after 10 long years of trial and error in her own kitchen...

11/1/2012



PlanToys to offer ASTRA Member Exclusive in honor of Neighborhood Toy Store Day Event
n support of shopping local, Plan Toys®, leading green manufacturer of eco-friendly rubber wood toys, will be running an ASTRA member exclusive in honor of ASTRA’s Neighborhood Toy Store Day (NTSD) event on November 10, 2012...

10/1/2012



Q&A with Jane Walter, Founder of organicKidz
Jane Walter, founder of organicKidz, is a woman of action. When she first heard about the danger of BPA in baby bottles, she took it upon herself to design and manufacture a new line...

10/1/2012



Eco-Friendly Toys
Take a closer look at these recently added specialty and mass-market eco-friendly toys...

7/1/2012



Hape Announces Two Winners for Trip to China Exclusive to ASTRA Retailers
Hape, a leading worldwide toy manufacturer, has announced the winners of their trip to China for ASTRA retailers...

6/1/2012



Sustainability and Toys
Environmental technology is one of the most important movers of the 21st century. But today too little is being done by us in the toy industry...

2/1/2012



Hape Makes the World a Family
Multi-award winning Hape began in 1986 as Hape GmbH, which sold educational wooden toys directly into German kindergartens...

2/1/2012



Eco-Friendly Toys
See these recently added specialty and mass-market eco-friendly toys...

11/1/2011



5 Manufacturers Answer: Why Go Green?
TDmonthly spoke with five manufacturers and asked them: Why is it important for children to play with "green," eco-friendly toys?...

11/1/2011



Classic Company Navigates High-Tech Market
In a recent interview, the president of HABA USA stressed the importance of brand-management and tech-savvy business moves in today's ever fluctuating market...

6/1/2011



What Is an Eco-Friendly Baby Toy?
Most manufacturers claim to have eco-friendly baby toys. But what does that mean for kids and the environment?...

4/1/2011



September Staff Picks
RazBaby eliminates the need to rinse ground-dwelling pacifiers, and Mark-My-Time introduces a hip digital booklight...

9/1/2010



How to Prove You're Really "Green"
Being “green” isn’t as easy as it used to be. At the retail level, extreme caution is now taken as large retailers are increasingly being scrutinized...

9/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day: Week 2 (7/12-7/16)
July's Videos of the Day for Week 2 feature the creepy, yet cute, Vamplets by Kamhi World along with eco-friendly products...

7/1/2010



Holiday Preview: Eco-Friendly
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5/1/2010



Preview Toys for 4th Quarter
If you’re like most specialty retailers, you’ll wrap up your big holiday orders in late summer/early fall. To make sure you have the data you need...

5/1/2010



Get Started on Holiday Orders
If Santa's elves haven't put their handiwork to the test yet, they better start prepping soon! Sure it's only spring, but we know you have a lot to consider NOW to make sure your store is stocked with the best specialty toys come Christmastime...

4/1/2010



TDmonthly Goes Inside ... Green Genes, Chicago
Two-year-old Green Genes in Chicago began with a simple idea: Owner Heather Muenstermann wanted to create a one-stop shop for organic and eco-friendly kids' and babies' products...

4/1/2010



Video Interview: Toy Fair Trends Get All "A's"
The main trends to watch for this year ... are Active Toys that stimulate both body and mind, Affordable playthings that feature low cost and multiple uses, Accessible items that let kids access their favorite brands via a variety of media and products, and Aspirational products...

3/1/2010



How Toy Fair’s Becoming More Earth Friendly
Toy Fair’s gone green before. But this year, in addition to welcoming a slew of eco-friendly product, the Toy Industry Association is ramping up environmental consciousness everywhere from the press room to individual exhibits...

2/1/2010



Mission-Minded Toymakers Touch Lives Around the World
Some toy companies practice charity all year long. Whether their mission is focused on social efforts or one that engages in specific charitable projects, they are wonderful examples of the importance of reaching out to make the world a better place...

1/1/2010



January Toy Videos Go Traveling
This month's toys have legs. Pull-along elephants, a world explorer kit and travel-friendly pacifiers let kids trot the globe...

1/1/2010



The Acorn Store's PLAN Showroom
Behind the Acorn Store is another store, and another one, too ... three separate showrooms help give this little toy store a big presence in kids' imaginations...

1/1/2010



Innovations of 2010
What's coming down the pipe that's really going to "wow" your customers? In TDmonthly Magazine's January issue, catch a glimpse of new year innovations...

12/1/2009



2010 Outlook: Toymakers Introduce Organic, Creative Playthings
Some of the specialty market’s favorite vendors recently shared with TDmonthly Magazine how they’re innovating and staying fresh as we enter 2010...

12/1/2009



Tips for Buying “Green” This Christmas
Wanting the perfect “green” gift to put under the tree? If you’re concerned with the environmental impact of manufacturing and the materials used in your kids’ playthings...

12/1/2009



See "Green" in Videos of Eco-Friendly Infant Toys
Natural, eco-friendly dolls and teethers are the subjects of the following baby product videos, which also feature "Anew" design for post-maternal wraps and a soft play camera that's snappy...

9/1/2009



TDmonthly's August Staff Picks
Stylish, foot-long roadsters from a British company are zooming into the United States, eco-friendly baby toys are being primed with pink, and the H1N1 virus (Swine Flu) has gone plush...

8/1/2009



In This Issue
This month, TDmonthly Magazine brings you tips for online success, a spotlight on a Southwest toy store that places big emphasis on fair-labor and American-made toys, and a look into one manufacturer’s complex process...

8/1/2009



Toymakers and Toy Stores Go Green
With environmental issues at the forefront of consumer consciousness, toy retailers and manufacturers are turning more attention to protecting our climate and natural resources...

8/1/2009



Green Means Go
You've seen the influx of "green"-dubbed toys and children's products over the past few years, and it's only becoming greater...

7/1/2009



Holiday Preview - Eco-Friendly Toys
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7/1/2009



Eco and Active-Play Toys for the Holidays
As you’re planning for your final holiday orders, take a look at some product categories that largely define the specialty market today...

7/1/2009



ASTRA Toy Show Maintains Specialty Loyalty in Hard Times
“This year's ASTRA show did not disappoint,” Joe Mitchell, owner of YoYo Joe’s Toys & Fun in Wilmington, Del., told TDmonthly Magazine. “Despite an economy that's still in trouble, it was clear that there were more attendees to the show...

7/1/2009



Kid Reviewers Applaud Eco-friendly Craft Barn
TDmonthly Magazine’s Roundtable of 12 children from five families enjoyed coloring, decorating and assembling the Paintable Barn from Imagination Box Co...

5/1/2009



TDmonthly's May Staff Picks
From fascinating art sets, to eco-friendly dolls and plush, to creative games and science kits, there are plenty of new product launches to consider for fourth quarter...

5/1/2009



TDmonthly's Top-10 Picks From Pomona
The aisles of the Western States Toy & Hobby Show, held March 7-10 in Pomona, Calif., boasted an array of eco-friendly wooden toys, creative play sets and activities, and plenty of great toys for boys...

4/1/2009



Bye Bye Monster Banishes Fears for Some
TDmonthly Magazine’s Early Elementary Roundtable tried Your Thyme Inc.’s Bye Bye Monster Gift Set to soothe bedtime fears...

4/1/2009



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Wooden Toys
Classic and durable wooden toys have been a mainstay for generations, and in today’s market the focus is shifting to sustainable, environmentally friendly, and safe more than ever before, TDmonthly Magazine learned during a survey of 56 specialty retailers...

3/1/2009



TDmonthly's Top-10 Toy Fair Toys
Among the tens of thousands of products on display at Toy Fair, there's always a select few that stand out, especially in terms of their promise for the specialty market. This year, TDmonthly Magazine was pleased to find an even broader variety of eco-friendly goods...

3/1/2009



January Staff Picks
Huggable and handmade plush, artistic accents and eco-friendly designs characterize some of the newest items out in the specialty market...

1/1/2009



In This Issue
It's a fresh, new year ... and time to think about how your 2009 is shaping up...

1/1/2009



Retailer Spotlight: Piccolo Mondo Toys
Michelle Smith, who owns Piccolo Mondo Toys in Portland, Ore., with her husband, Merrick, tries to bring a piece of the world to her customers...

1/1/2009



Find More Positive Toys in TDmonthly's Report
Kathy Mabry of The Village Toy Shop in North Easton, Mass., recently told us how TDmonthly Magazine's 2008 Specialty Toys Report, "Positive Toys for a Promising Future," benefited her business...

11/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Gifts for Babies
TDmonthly Magazine’s recent poll of 66 specialty toy retailers indicates that many top-selling baby toys are geared toward a tactile experience and feature health-wise, safe-to-the-touch materials...

9/1/2008



Preview Holiday Play
As wallets warm up for holiday spending, take some time to browse through what other retailers believe will be the season's hottest items...

9/1/2008



Book on Global Warming Sparks Care and Controversy
TDmonthly Magazine’s Diversity Roundtable learned about global warming while reviewing All 4 Kidz’s new book, “Who Will Save Our Planet?”...

8/1/2008



Retailers' Top 10: Toy Fair and Pomona
What did specialty retailers think about this year’s American International Toy Fair in New York City and the Western States Toy & Hobby Show in Pomona, Calif.?...

4/1/2008



Wooden Toys Take Pomona
Just a few weeks after Toy Fair, West Coast shoppers hit up the Western States Toy & Hobby Show in Pomona, Calif., where natural wooden offerings reflected the marketplace’s penchant for all things safe and eco-friendly.....

4/1/2008



Retailing Tips: Get the Most Out of Earth Day
Given the barrage of environmentally friendly product hitting the market, now is the perfect time to capitalize on “green” by celebrating Earth Day not only on April 22, but all month long...

4/1/2008



Toys to Watch in 2008
The American International Toy Fair, an annual event that takes over New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Center each February, is the primary launching ground for the toys, games, dolls and various innovations that will shape the nature of the toy industry...

4/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Wooden Toys
Wooden toys are staging quite a comeback, accounting for up to 50 percent of the stock in some retail stores...

3/1/2008



Green Takes Over
The grass is greener at Toy Fair 2008, perhaps more than it's ever been. That's no surprise, though, considering eco-minded efforts for everything from clothing and food to cars and furniture...

2/1/2008



Six Predictions for the Toy Industry in 2008
Here’s a glimpse of what the toy industry can expect in 2008 — a year of increasing costs and decreasing demand that may favor innovation within the specialty market, but squelch risk-taking in the industry overall...

1/1/2008



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Wooden Toys
Melissa & Doug is leading the wooden toys category with three toys in our top-10 list...

2/1/2007



Uberstix Taps Kids’ Unlimited Potential
Dane Scarborough founded Überstix so he could answer "yes" next time his son asks him if he loves his job...

8/1/2006



TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Natural Toys
Throughout most of Toyland, plastic is king. But all-natural toys are carving out their own niche in the industry and finding plenty of consumers ready to purchase them...

10/1/2005



TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Wooden Games and Puzzles
Many retailers have pointed out the appeal of wooden games and puzzles: Unlike cardboard games, wooden games won’t tear and can be passed down through generations...

8/1/2005




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