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August 2009 Notable Toys — Eco-Friendly





Age Range: 1 to 3
Launch Date: April 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Apparel
Award Winners
Eco-Friendly



The Little Soles™ Squeaky Shoes collection is free from harmful dyes and toxins, utilizes premium materials sourced specifically to surpass standards in footwear testing set by Health Canada or the CPSC, and features inner and outer materials tested for the following: European Council directive 2002/62/EC testing for AZO colourants or dyes, formaldehyde content, and seven toxic elements (lead, arsenic, antimony, barium, mercury, cadmium and selenium). The flexible outsole is suited to pre-walking and early walking, and the shoes also have a padded ankle collar, an air-cushioned heel, an audible squeak that provides confidence for first steps and promotes a proper heel-to-toe step, as well as giving parents peace of mind by being aware of where their child is walking. The squeaker mechanism is removable and replaceable. This product received a 2009 iParenting Media Outstanding Products award. Launch date: April 30, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25219      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 0 to 3
Launch Date: April 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Apparel
Award Winners
Eco-Friendly



Little Soles Urban Infants Collection is designed to suit early walkers in size 3 to 8. The shoes are free from harmful dyes and toxins, feature premium Leathers sourced specifically to surpass the standards in footwear testing set by Health Canada or the CPSC, and are tested for the following: European Council directive 2002/62/EC testing for AZO colourants or Dyes, formaldehyde content and seven toxic elements (lead, arsenic, antimony, barium, mercury, cadmium and selenium). A full leather upper, inside and out, allows for optimal comfort and breathability, and the soft, flexible outsole is suited to pre-walking and early walking. The shoes also offer heel counters for support, a padded ankle collar and a cushioned heel. They are sold in a reusable designer gift box and received a 2009 iParenting Media Outstanding Products award. Launch date: April 30, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25218      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 0 to 1
Launch Date: December 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Apparel
Award Winners
Eco-Friendly



Baby Soles by Little Soles are toxin-free crib shoes in size 0-2 or 0-9 months. The Baby Soles line has gone through rigorous testing procedures by an independent, internationally accredited company, to ensure that the shoes are free of harmful dyes and toxins. The shoes feature TPR outsole inserts at the toe and heel for traction and durability, an outsole design that allows for optimal surface feel when baby starts to cruise, styling designed to present a true footwear appearance instead of a slipper form; and premium leather sourced specifically to surpass the standards in footwear testing set by Health Canada. There are four levels of testing conducted prior to the manufacture of Baby Soles; all leathers along with the outsole are tested for the following: European Council directive 2002/62/EC testing for AZO Colourants or Dyes, formaldehyde content, and seven Toxic Elements. Baby Soles received a 2009 iParenting Media Outstanding Products award. Launch date: December 31, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25217      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 0 to 2
Launch Date: September 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Developmental Toys
Eco-Friendly
Infant & Toddler



The 6” Busy Block has a chubby handle for little ones to hold as they explore the tug and teethe tags and Dandelion’s playful Swirly Stitches pattern. The soft textures, peek-a-boo crinkle flap and chime sound exist to enchant baby while developing fine motor and sensory skills. The Busy Block is made with organic cotton terrycloth, canvas, velour and waffle weave, and filled with soft corn fibers. It is machine washable. Launch date: September 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25213      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: All Ages
Launch Date: August 2009
Gender: Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Furniture & Decor
American-Made



This print on wood is available framed and unframed in two different sizes: 8" x 10" and 11" x 14" (measurement includes mat). Nine styles total are available, and it is made in the USA. The artwork is "printed on sustainably harvested (and chemical-free) maple veneer," Lorena Siminovich, owner of Petit Collage, told TDmonthly. Launch date: August 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25209      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 102 to 10
Launch Date: March 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: American-Made
Furniture & Decor
Eco-Friendly



This poster features whimsical toys and treats next to their corresponding letters. It is made in the USA and available in two different styles. "[The] poster is printed with soy inks on 100-percent recycled paper," Lorena Siminovich, owner of Petit Collage, told TDmonthly. Launch date: March 20, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25208      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: All Ages
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Furniture & Decor
American-Made



This modern alphabet poster is a three-color screen print hand-pulled in Oakland, Calif., on uncoated 100-percent post-consumer recycled paper. It is available in three color variations. Launch date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25206      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: All Ages
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: American-Made
Eco-Friendly
Gifts



The simple shapes of this mobile are laser-cut to showcase the natural beauty of bamboo. "Our product features laser-cut, sustainably harvested bamboo. It is 100-percent made in the USA. We hired a non-profit employing adults with disabilities to package our products," Lorena Siminovich, owner of Petit Collage, told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25205      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 3 to 11
SKU or Item #: DVD
Launch Date: January 2006
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Videos & DVDs
Educational
Eco-Friendly



Kids can join the Banana Slug String Band in their rollicking concert and as they travel with a group of children to their favorite habitats. Mr. Dirt talks nutrition and fun food facts on the farm, Nature Man leads the way to the ancient redwoods, and Marine Mark holds class in the tide pools. "The catchy songs fit perfectly into teachers' lesson plans for topics including nutrition, ecology, and the water cycle," Monica Woelfel, administrator for Banana Slug String Band, told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2006.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25199      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 0 to 11
SKU or Item #: WSCD
Launch Date: January 2004
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Audio & CD
Music
Eco-Friendly



This collection of bedtime lullabies uses vivid nature images and soothing melodies to take children to a place of warmth and security. This album was recorded with special guests George Winston, Laurie Lewis, George Kahumoku and many others. It received the following awards: 2005 iParenting Media Award, 200 Parents' Choice Silver Award, 2005 NAPPA (National Association of Parenting Publications Award) Gold Award, 2005 Early Childhood NEWS Director's Choice Award, and 2005 Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence Award. Launch date: 2004.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25198      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 0 to 2
Launch Date: July 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Fashion & Accessories
Infant & Toddler



The Bamboo LullaBag is a sleep bag that is specifically designed to help babies sleep through the night. With the Bamboo LullaBag, baby stays at a constant comfortable temperature, which greatly improves the quality and duration of baby’s sleep. Since the Bamboo LullaBag promotes back sleep and replaces loose bedding, it is designed as a safer way to put baby to sleep that reduces certain risk factors associated with SIDS. "The patented Bamboo LullaBag has a continuous dual-headed zipper that begins at the neckline and curves along the entire side and bottom of the bag. This unique two-way zipper allows parents to open the bag partially or completely in either direction, making overall use and late-night diaper and clothing changes very easy," Emily Chae, marketing associate for Cloud B, told TDmonthly. This product received a 2009 PTPA Seal of Approval. Launch date: July 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25144      (added 8/27/2009)
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Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: OWI-MSK673
Launch Date: April 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Science & Nature
School Supplies



Attacking Inch worm has orange, spiky limbs to ward off any predator who seeks to challenge it as a delectable delight. Its initial defensive mechanism may fool intruders for a moment, but still requires a way to heed out of harm’s way. The sun’s rays power this mini solar kit to slither along to safety. The mechanical movements are designed to simulate the movements of its soft-bodied derivative. Because its home is above ground, Attacking Inch Worm has a hard plastic body to protect itself. No batteries or tools are required, and there are less than 50 parts to assemble. Launch date: April 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25134      (added 8/27/2009)
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Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: OWI-MSK672
Launch Date: April 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Science & Nature
School Supplies



This little green amphibian friend leaps with a joyful sense of freedom using its hind legs and rubber feet. Happy Hopping Frog jiggles its eyes as a dog would wag its tail, acknowledging its love and appreciation to its owner. The tailless, leaping mini solar kit is activated by the power of the sun’s rays; no batteries are required. Happy Hopping Frog is designed for easy assembly with approximately 25 parts, and demonstrates alternative energy principles. Launch date: April 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25132      (added 8/27/2009)
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Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: OWI-MSK671
Launch Date: April 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Science & Nature
School Supplies



Powered by the sun's rays, this alternative-energy toy car requires no batteries or tools, and contains less than a dozen parts to assemble. Launch date: April 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25131      (added 8/27/2009)
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Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: OWI-MSK669
Launch Date: April 2007
Category: Eco-Friendly
Science & Nature
School Supplies



Methodically, eight legs work in harmony to create a ballet style “tippy-toe” movement. Similar to its cousin from Alaska, the Walking King Crab scurries along to safe passage when powered by the sun's rays. Walking King Crab is powered with a mini solar cell (included) and demonstrates alternative energy principles. No batteries or tools are required; there are 35 parts to assemble. "Because of its entry-level price point, retailers will grow fond of its movements; both off the shelf and after assembly. If a make-it and take-it type product is what you are looking for, this hands-on terrestrial tantalizer will make you the local hero," Craig Morioka, president of OWI Inc., told TDmonthly. Launch date: April 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25130      (added 8/27/2009)
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Cute and cuddly stuff animals with therapeutic benefits. The unique twisted nubby’s for the hands and feet are great for tactile stimulation and a safe alternative to teethers. Elephant Buddy features large ears and trunk, characteristic of the typical elephant. Made of an Ultra soft blend of bamboo and organic cotton.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25126      (added 8/26/2009)
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These solar-powered, remote-controlled vehicles measure about 2.5" in length and and are powered for 30 minutes of playtime when the micro solar panel in the roof is exposed to direct sunlight. The vehicles can also be charged from the controller. Car and SUV styles are available, and the racers can pop wheelies. Launch date: August 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25081      (added 8/21/2009)
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Age Range: 0 to 5
SKU or Item #: 10313
Gender: Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Infant & Toddler
Safety



The Table Topper disposable “stick-in-place” placemats with adhesive strips are designed to protect baby from germs on restaurant tables. The designs aim to keep baby occupied so everyone else can eat, too. The product comes in resealable, zip-close travel packs with 18 mats that each fit conveniently into a diaper bag. Launch date: April 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25035      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: All Ages
SKU or Item #: 36653
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Plush
Gifts



Mary Meyer’s Fuzz that Wuzz collection is made from plastic bottles. The outer fabric and stuffing are high-quality polyester made from 100-percent recycled plastic bottles. There are six Mini Zzzzoo animals. Launch date: June 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25025      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 0 to 4
SKU or Item #: y
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Apparel
Eco-Friendly
Gifts



Pedoodles shoes are manufactured using environmentally friendly processes. Carefully selected quality remnant leather is used in construction of Pedoodles in order to reduce waste. Recycled materials are also used for the manufacturing of the soles, and the “green” packaging for Pedoodles is made from recycled materials. Designed to be developmentally correct for little feet, the shoes have PedFlex Soles that are lightweight and flexible to offer protection, durability and traction. Launch date: June 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25023      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: AY:CM-PIG
Launch Date: April 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Gifts
General Toys



These natural colored piggy banks are handmade fair trade in a small artisan community called Quinea, in the province of Huamanga in Peru's central highland department of Ayacucho. Some designs are available in large, medium and small, and each bank has a cork stopper. Launch date: April 15, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25008      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: TUMY
Launch Date: May 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
General Toys
Gifts



The cotton outer body of this fair-trade, artisan-made animal is filled with acrylic and rice, so the pet may be used as a heating pad after placed in the microwave for a very short period of time. Velcro on the bottom of the animal enables washing of the cotton body and acrylic inside. The uncooked rice is separate, in a bag. Caution: When heating, please carefully check the temperature prior to giving it to a child. Launch date: May 20, 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25007      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 7CM
Launch Date: April 2006
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Musical Toys
Wooden Toys



These frogs, fish and turtles are handmade in Vietnam using the ecologically harvested woods of the tropical jackfruit tree, and only when the tree is no longer able to bear fruit. The company calls them "bop-animals," as "bop" is the Vietnamese word for the "ribbit" you hear when you run a wooden stick (included) along their spine. These fair-trade items are made by artisans. Launch date: April 22, 2006.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25005      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: VE-CHOC
Launch Date: January 2004
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Creative Activities
Eco-Friendly



There are three different Make Your Own Kits: Make Your Own Chewing Gum, Make Your Own Gummies and Make Your Own Chocolate Kits. Each kit has a short story describing the life and surroundings of a hypothetical child and explains what his or her family and neighbors do regarding the kit's contents. "These kits are all Fair Trade Made. They have an important message; for example, the Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit includes an educational booklet describing the benefits of the Rainforest and how Chicle is tapped from trees to make gum," Sylva Dvorak, in marketing for One World Projects, told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2004.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25004      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: All Ages
Launch Date: March 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
School Supplies
American-Made



ReUsies are a reusable alternative to plastic sandwich bags. They are cotton on the outside and leak-resistant nylon on the inside, sealed with Velcro closures. ReUsies can be machine or hand washed, and each one is designed to replace hundreds of plastic baggies. ReUsies come in two sizes (larger sandwich and smaller snack) and many different patterns to appeal to all members of the family. "We use reusable items in many other areas of our lives (reusable water bottles, shopping bags, lunch boxes, etc.), but there are very few products that replace those plastic sandwich baggies we all use and toss every day," Karen Whorton, owner of ReUsies, told TDmonthly. Launch date: March 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24978      (added 8/19/2009)
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