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Holiday Preview - Eco-Friendly Toys

Sustainability Sorts, Scrubs and Shares Stories


Some of the latest environmentally friendly toys are doing more than sustaining the earth — they’re also supporting breast cancer research, motivating kids to use their own energy for play, and offering decorative accents to the kitchen and bath.



MSRP: $44.99
Age Range: 0 and up
SKU or Item #: 12236
Launch Date: September 2009
Gender: Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Developmental Toys
Infant & Toddler



The Pink line includes organic rattles, teethers, and developmental toys designed with purpose. The House Sorter comes packed with four shape blocks ready to be shaken, squeezed and sorted. It's designed to stimulate and develop babies' sensory, motor and social skills vital to their personal growth and most importantly, have fun doing it. “From the organic cotton grown without pesticides and chemicals, coloring process, and right down to the plant-based fibers used in filling the plush toys, we’re all about delivering toys that babies will enjoy learning from and that don’t harm the environment,” Re-Think It Co-founder Amy Shumway told TDmonthly. A portion of the proceeds from the PINK line will support Breast Cancer Research. Launch date: September 16, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24362      (added 6/29/2009)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: May 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Gifts
General Toys
Eco-Friendly



Ecotronic toys were developed to function just like regular electronic toys but with a different kind of energy. Dynamo technology inside of each toy converts a shake, squeeze or crank into energy that powers lights and sounds and other electronic functions. The crank-powered Eco Mic helps kids become eco-pop stars. Using four different buttons to activate voice amplification, music to sing along to, and two different drum sounds, the Eco Mic is an all-in-one music band with a color-changing light show. "Since kid-powered energy is a highly renewable energy source, Ecotronic toys will never run out of juice. Also, all Ecotronic toys are packaged in their specially developed Gekopak™ packaging, which is made of recycled paper and is completely bio-degradable," Vickie Cullen, PR account executive for International Playthings, told TDmonthly. Launch date: May 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24337      (added 6/29/2009)
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MSRP: $15.00
Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: WWF811
Launch Date: September 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Eco-Friendly
Animal Figures



Reeves International announced its exclusive U.S. distributorship for WWF® - Games by Terra™ in 2009. Under the license of the largest multinational conservation organization in the world, the World Wildlife Fund, Terra Toys introduces the Wildlife Conservation Collection. These classic, timeless, family-friendly games and puzzles are made from sustainable materials, incorporating 19 endangered species and their habitats that are currently under protection. In Amur Chinese Checkers, players choose their favorite feline and walk, run or leap to find out the fastest route through the wilderness of the Amu-Heilong region. It includes 60 wooden playing pieces (six colors), an Amur-Heilong themed wooden playing board and playing instructions. Launch date: September 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24371      (added 6/29/2009)
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MSRP: $7.50
Age Range: 4 and up
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Eco-Friendly



This Solar Motor is ready to go right out of the package. Designed for demonstrating the principles of solar power, this kit includes a 1.1-volt, 75mA high-quality solar panel, propeller, and a state-of-the-art coreless DC motor capable of up to 22,000 rpm. This Solar Motor is a good way for introducing alternative energy concepts or just having fun outside while the sun is shining. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24307      (added 6/29/2009)
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MSRP: $16.99
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: FB51695
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books
Eco-Friendly
General Games



Parents and children can enjoy this classic memory game together while learning new ways to be an earth-friendly inhabitant of Mother Earth. I Cherish Planet Earth is all about appreciating and preserving nature and our planet. It is a celebration of Earth's life and beauty and a call to be active in creating a sustainable future for all. It includes a 32-page, full-color story book, 48 game pieces, and a cotton storage pouch. The game is made in the USA with recycled paper and vegetable inks. Launch date: 2009.

— “I Cherish Planet Earth” earned praise from Slee of Paisley and Pretties for presenting its eco-friendly message in an affirmative way as opposed to the scar-tactics used by other environmental products. Of the messages in the book and game, not only do they help children to internalize a deeper sense of connectedness to the planet, but they also encourage meaningful thought and positive ecological action.
— Jeralee of Babes and Kids Review found the product to be even greener than advertised because it includes not only a memory game, but suggestions for several other games that can be played with the kit. Her daughters eagerly embraced these alternate games, even more so than the basic memory game. Jeralee also loved the watercolor illustrations, although their complexity and muted colors made the matching game difficult for her young daughter.

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24316      (added 6/29/2009)
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MSRP: $6.95
Age Range: 3 to 7
Launch Date: March 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books
Eco-Friendly
Award Winners



Kids can join EnviroGirl as she learns about saving the environment. "In Go Green With Me," parents and children will learn simple, eco-friendly tips that will help protect the planet. From recycling and solar power to worm composting and so much more, "Go Green With Me" is designed to make these important lessons fun to read and learn. The company's books are printed on 100-percent recycled paper with 100-percent post-consumer waste that is processed chlorine-free, using environmentally friendly inks/toner. This book received a 2009 Book of the Year award from Creative Child Magazine. Launch date: March 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24247      (added 6/29/2009)
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MSRP: $129.00
Age Range: 4 to 15
SKU or Item #: DB1010
Launch Date: November 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Eco-Friendly
Award Winners



This hands-on, interactive science collection is full of fossils, minerals, marine life and insects that children can touch and examine. The wooden box includes more than 30 items, such as trilobites fossils, pyrite, geode, sand dollar, starfish, murex shells and an insect in lucite. Also included is a hand lens and activity guide. "It stimulates a child's sense of curiosity and encourages kids to make discoveries in the back yard, at the beach or on a hike. The Discovery Box becomes an heirloom that children will share with their own children and grandchildren in the future. The activity guide provides parents with great activities to do with their kids," John Skowlund, president of World Discovery Box, told TDmonthly. This product received a 2009 Dr. Toy Best Classic Toy award and was named a Homeschool.com Best Educational Gift 2008. Launch date: November 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24361      (added 6/29/2009)
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MSRP: $25.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Vehicles - Small Toy
Preschool



The sporty, sturdy Bamboo Hot Rod, has hot-rod graphics with rugged wheels and curved bamboo to offer a sleek design for children. "[It] combines modern design with a highly sustainable material: bamboo," Robin Lehnert, marketing manager for Hape Intl., told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24332      (added 6/29/2009)
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MSRP: $3.99
Age Range: All Ages
SKU or Item #: 7101
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Gifts
Novelties



Loofah-Art products are made with 100-percent all-natural loofah (a sustainable agricultural crop) and dyed with vegetable dyes, making them bio-degradable, eco-friendly, non-toxic and compostable. The whimsy of the designs aims to help encourage children to assist with the dishes and wash their fruits and vegetables. "The unique, whimsical designs that attract consumers to buy our products is what makes Loofah-Art stand out. Once the customer is attracted to that, the 100-percent natural fabrication as well as the practicality and functionality of our scrubbers performance create a winning combination!" Anita Liwette, creator and co-founder of Loofah-Art LLC, told TDmonthly. "Because of their natural fibers, they scratch absolutely nothing!" Launch date: January 25, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24098      (added 6/11/2009)
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MSRP: $12.00
Age Range: 4 and up
SKU or Item #: BP48105
Launch Date: March 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Action Games
Developmental Toys
Eco-Friendly



Players flip the tokens as they play to make a constantly changing game. They flip the score card to keep track of games they've won, and the first to five is the grand winner. It is made in the USA of recycled materials and received a 2009 Oppenheim Gold Award. Launch date: March 31, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24315      (added 6/29/2009)
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Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Vehicles - Small Toy
Eco-Friendly



There will be no hazardous waste dumps with this mini dump trucks; it's made of sustainable bamboo. Launch date: Early 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23655      (added 5/12/2009)
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MSRP: $14.00
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 50210
Launch Date: February 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: American-Made
Educational
Eco-Friendly



Brought back to celebrate Maple Landmark's 30th anniversary, Danish Solitaire is a mind-challenging math game crafted from locally harvested maple (in Vermont) and finished using a non-toxic clear lacquer. Measuring 5" x 7", Danish Solitaire comes with pegs numbering from one to 10. The object is to follow the lines and make the pegs add up to the same number. Directions are on the back. "The Danish Solitaire is an original, very rarely copied," Barbara Rainville, marketing manager for Maple Landmark Woodcraft, told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 15, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24253      (added 6/29/2009)
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 3 to 10
Gender: Girls
Category: Creative Activities
Arts & Crafts
Eco-Friendly



This CALAFANT Dollhouse comes complete with balcony and two big rooms on the backside. All doors open. Made from recycled material and is 100% biodegradable. Decorate inside and outside, create wallpaper and pictures. Ideal in size for play with 3" dolls and animals. Assembled product is approx. 15" x 7" x 16"
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MSRP: $6.99
Age Range: 3 to 6
Launch Date: April 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books
Eco-Friendly
Preschool



Though one tree in a meadow seems all alone, this story shows how that tree is important in the lives of so many other living things. The 20-page hardcover book itself is made from 98-percent recycled materials. Launch date: April 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23313      (added 4/17/2009)
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This recycled cuff bracelet features two rows to display colorful, snap-on Shains letters and icons. The cuff is available in black, blue, concrete, earth, grass, orchid, pink, poppy, red, sky, sun and vanilla shades. This set includes each letter of the alphabet along with seven icons.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23089      (added 3/30/2009)
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MSRP: $15.00
Age Range: 0 and up
SKU or Item #: CD01
Launch Date: June 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Audio & CD
Eco-Friendly
Music



This 20-song CD includes original songwriting by Charlie Hope. Themes include positive approaches to naptime, learning about the joys of having a new child in the family, and discovering the limitless possibilities we all have inside of us. It comes in eco-friendly packaging. It features "melodic music that is appealing to both parents and children, from an independent singer/songwriter," Margaret Wilson, president of Challenge & Fun, told TDmonthly. Launch date: June 15, 2009.
― This is one of the most popular CDs at Kazoodles, in Vancouver, Wash., said owner Mary Sisson.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24321      (added 6/29/2009)
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MSRP: $32.00
Age Range: 0 to 1
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Eco-Friendly
Apparel



This one piece from Manny & Simon features a pig wrapping around the side. The bright color highlights the simple stencil outline of the pig for maximum exposure.  The one piece has a convenient 3-snap closure.  Designed with baby's comfort in mind.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24117      (added 6/11/2009)
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MSRP: $23
Age Range: All Ages
SKU or Item #: 7372
Launch Date: May 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Animal Figures
Eco-Friendly
Infant & Toddler



Dozy Dolphin On The Go helps re-create sleep time routines by bringing familiar soothing sounds while away from home. Dozy Dolphin’s peaceful, water-based sounds are designed to take a child on a tranquil journey while effortlessly transforming unknown surroundings to a more familiar environment. Tucked inside Dozy Dolphin is a removable sound machine that plays fun sounds for play time and soothing sounds for sleep time. Dozy Dolphin On The Go is made from eco-friendly bamboo fabric. "It needs no plugs and comes with multiple soothing sounds with two timer options. All Cloud B products are made in consultation with our advisory board made up of pediatricians, sleep specialists and child experts," Emily Chae, marketing associate for Cloud B, told TDmonthly. This product received a a 2009 NAPPA Honors award. Launch date: May 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23756      (added 5/19/2009)
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Age Range: 3 to 12
Launch Date: April 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Eco-Friendly



Quentin is part of line of colorful and quirky eco-friendly plush designed to encourage children toward environmentally friendly initiatives. The Eco Snoopers characters each have their own stories. Launch date: April 22, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23160      (added 4/3/2009)
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MSRP: $12.00
Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Educational
Construction



Kids can learn about renewable energy by building this functioning wind generator. When the blades turn, they create electricity that powers an LED light, demonstrating renewable energy from the wind. Users just add a recycled plastic bottle and the kit provides everything else they need. No batteries required. Launch date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23706      (added 5/19/2009)
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 2 and up
SKU or Item #: 8507
Launch Date: February 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Eco-Friendly
Wooden Toys



This environmental friendly wooden Memory Game is made of wood from FSC monitored source, painted with water based paints, packaged in a box made of recycled materials and printed with soy bean ink. Parents and gift givers will be proud to have made an environmental friendly purchase. This colorful and attractive Memory Game is not only fun for the kids to play with but also help develop motor skills and memory. Perfect for parent and child play / bonding. Tested to meet European and U.S. safety standards.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22991      (added 3/25/2009)
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MSRP: $7.99
Age Range: All Ages
Launch Date: April 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Award Winners
Eco-Friendly
Infant & Toddler



Dandelion’s ReUsables are made from a formula derived primarily of corn-based bioplastic. The ReUsables include divided plates, bowls and utensils for toddlers. Each ReUsable is durable and lightweight for use at home or on-the go. Designed with ease-of-use in mind, the divided plate keeps foods separate, the bowl has deep sides to reduce spills, and the utensils are ergonomically designed for baby’s tiny hands. Plates and bowls are sold in packs of two. The utensil pack comes with four spoons and four forks. "Dandelion’s line of ReUsable tableware is made primarily from renewable and sustainable corn-based bioplastic, which is free of bisphenol A and phthalates, and offers an inspired alternative to conventional plastic," Anthony Pinkett, account executive for Productivity PR, told TDmonthly. The line received an iParenting Media Best Product for 2009 Award and the PTPA Media Seal of Approval. Launch date: April 15, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24100      (added 6/11/2009)
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MSRP: $28.00
Age Range: All Ages
SKU or Item #: 163org
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Dolls
Eco-Friendly
Infant & Toddler



This certified, 100-percent organic cotton yoyo doll is handmade by fair trade artisans in India. This is the classic yoyo doll made for decades by grandmas, updated for the green community. "It's so difficult and time consuming to make this doll that it can only be made by hand. Yoyo dolls have been childhood favorites for generations," Jenny Krauss, president of Kinderware, told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22777      (added 3/12/2009)
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MSRP: $3.99
Age Range: All Ages
SKU or Item #: 5002
Launch Date: November 2004
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Christmas
Novelties



Loofah-Art products are made with 100-percent all-natural loofah (a sustainable agricultural crop) and dyed with vegetable dyes, making them completely bio-degradable, eco-friendly, non-toxic and compostable. "Because of their natural fibers they scratch absolutely nothing! The whimsy of our designs helps encourage children to assist with the dishes and wash their fruits and vegetables!" Anita Liwette, creator and co-founder of Loofah-Art LLC, told TDmonthly. Launch date: November 2004.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24096      (added 6/11/2009)
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MSRP: $39.99
Age Range: 3 to 8
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Outdoor Fun
Eco-Friendly



The heavy-duty Tire Time Swing Set makes a great replacement or upgrade for your existing playground set. It includes a heavy-duty plastic tire, a 4 foot double looped nylon rope, and a metal looped attachment device for connection to your playground set. With only four simple steps, the Tire Time Swing Set is assembled easily. Lead free and made of recycled materials. For ages 3-8 with maximum weight of 75 lbs. Adult supervision required.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22710      (added 3/5/2009)
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