||Article Archive: Eco-Friendly
|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...
|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...
|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...
Take a closer look at these recently added specialty and mass-market eco-friendly toys...
|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...
|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...
See these recently added specialty and mass-market eco-friendly toys...
|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...
|September Staff Picks|
RazBaby eliminates the need to rinse ground-dwelling pacifiers, and Mark-My-Time introduces a hip digital booklight...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|January Staff Picks|
Huggable and handmade plush, artistic accents and eco-friendly designs characterize some of the newest items out in the specialty market...
|In This Issue|
It's a fresh, new year ... and time to think about how your 2009 is shaping up...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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.?...
|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.....
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
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