For my son’s first birthday he received a set of blocks. These weren’t wooden blocks, or foam ones, but green blocks. They weren’t green in color mind you, but My First Green Toys, from Green Toys. The toys are made from recycled milk jugs that are free of toxic chemicals, including BPA, phthalate, and PVC. To date, the company has turned more than 6 million plastic milk jugs into various plastic toys. Manufactured in the United States (California to be exact), Green Toys furthers the aims of environmental and economic sustainability. By keeping jobs local, Green Toys is an economic boon to the state.
The packaging of Green Toys is minimal, using as little material as possible. “All Green Toys products are packaged in recycled corrugated boxes with no plastics, cellophane or twist-ties, and are 100% recyclable. So, not only are they earth-friendly and ready for your recycling bin, they are really easy to open.” By keeping packing materials light and raw materials domestic (not shipped from overseas), Green Toys reduces the energy needed to transport the finished products. According to the US Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agencies, one pound of recycled plastic saves enough energy to power a laptop for a month, a TV for three weeks, or the equivalent of 3,000 AAA batteries.
Green Toys line includes kitchen and cooking accessories, building toys (including the blocks mentioned in this post), outdoor toys. In addition, Green Toys is launching their Green Eats collection of tableware for children. Click here for the full range of products.