Green Toys – The World’s Most Environmentally Conscious Toy Line

 As a small, family-owned children’s toy and clothing store competing in the huge world of ecommerce, we like to distinguish ourselves by the unique products we have in our store, Cow & Lizard.  One such company with a compelling story is Green Toys.  They are an environmentally and socially responsible manufacturer of toys and tableware.  Their products are made from eco-friendly raw materials here in theUSAwith a mission of making products that are safe, fun and good for the earth.  Green Toys uses 100% recycled plastic milk jugs to manufacture their non-toxic, food-safe toys and tableware.  By using 100% post consumer recycled plastic; they divert these materials from going to landfills and reduce their carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions. 

            The manufacturing process begins with empty plastic milk jugs that are collected from curbside recycling.  These are then cleaned and shredded into small flakes.  These flakes are colored with mineral based colorant which is food safe.  This raw material is used to manufacture the toys and tableware in theUSA.  All parts are inspected by hand and the assembled products are also inspected on site as well and tested by an independent third party.  All relevant safety standards are either met or exceeded.  Their products are also packaged using only recycled and recyclable materials, with no plastic, cellophane or twist ties and printed with soy inks.  With safety of the highest priority for Green Toys as well as for parents, you can be assured that these eco-friendly, US made products are not only safe, but also fun.

            The Green Eats line of tableware from Green Toys is a safe, environmentally responsible alternative to plastic tableware.  The tableware contains no BPA, phthalates, melamine or external paints or coatings; they meet FDA requirements for food contact, and are dishwasher safe.

            Their line of toys are known for classic designs but in eco-friendly materials with the boasting rights of the “world’s most environmentally conscious toy line.”  From baby toys to outdoor toys, the ever growing line of Green Toys has a great selection to choose from.  My First Green Toys offers colorful, ultra-safe toys for little hands to hold.  Babies can also be environmentally responsible from day one.  The next time you need a gift, browse our selection of Green Toys at Cow & Lizard – it will be a “green time”!

 

Green Toys

Green Toys

E-Vehicles by Hape are Naturally Fun!

The bamboo collection by Hape toys includes a line of vehicles that are fun, robust and eco-friendly.  Made of bamboo, water based colors and renewable materials, children can enjoy hours of great play in complete safety while respecting the planet.

e-copter

e-copter

 
Hape is very aware of how making toys for kids affects their world.  So their mantra is:
 
RETHINK
REDUCE
REUSE
RECYCLE
 
Rethink play and create toys with a global sensibility.  Every toy is designed to encourage kids to have fun, no matter who they are are where they live.  Play is not limited nor defined by gender, language or culture.
 
Reduce, reuse and recycle.
  • Bamboo is an environmentally friendly material that offers new possibilities in sustainable toy production as is can regenerate within 3 months if cultivated properly
  • Production processes are carefully designed to minimize the impact on the environment and maximize efficiency
  • Pacakaging is made of recycled cardboard

The vehicles come in a range of designs and are meant for children ages 3 years and up.  Sleek and simple designs with bright colors set the e-line of vehicle apart from other cars & truck toys.  Currently, Hape has the following vehicles in this line:  e-dozer, e-truck, e-offroader, e-drifter, e-moto, e-chopper, e-superbike, e-plane, e-copter, e-racer Monza, e-racer Le Mans and e-racer Suzuka.

There are also 12 mini vehicles that are about 3″ long to add to your collection.  Choose from:  Hot Rod, Twin Turbo, Racer, Monster Truck, Dragster, Baja, Sportster, Bruiser, Trailblazer, Roadster, Beach Buggy and Low Rider.  No gas required – they run on imagination.

Low Rider

Low Rider

 
As the future belongs to our children, consider giving toys from Hape.  They will inspire play, learning and exploration of the world they live in.  And you can feel good about Hape’s responsible business practices that will leave the world in better condition than when they got it. 
 
 

Little Auto – Room to Move!

Little Auto by Hape Toys

Little Auto by Hape Toys

 
 
DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS
 
  • Fine Motor

                    observe your child pushing the car with different amounts of force as he/she gauges where it will end up

 

  • Physical Development

                         push cars allow your child to refine fine and gross motor skills – this skill also contributes to a sense of mastery and improves self confidence

 

  • Imagination

                             create storis about the cars – let them be silly and join in! 

      

Double Rainbow Stacker – Naturally Fun!

double rainbow stacker

double rainbow stacker

 
DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS
 
  • Shape Matching – encourages children to match colors

   Notice that the star and blossom shapes are different and sort by shapes, instead and stack them without placing them on the posts

 

  • Visualization -once children stacks the shapes on the posts, view it from the top to see how the shapes make a color pattern – what a different perspective!
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  • Fine Motor – let children explore and experiment solo with this toy and discover the patterns that can be made     

 

Stack and Swivel Clown

stack and swivel clown

stack and swivel clown

 
  • developed with a child’s developmental needs in mind
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  • naturally fun
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  • maple wood and nontoxic paints
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  • color matching
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  • shape recognition
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  • enhances vocabulary
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  • hand-eye coordination

 

PLAY TIPS:

  • watch your child stack, sort by size or color, tap or turn the rings over – then follow their lead
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  • talk about what your child is doing
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  • observe how your child creates different sequences of colors and shapes as they are placed on the post.  Is one or both hands used?  Is it the same design over and over or a different one?

 

 

Planimal Australia Series – Wooden Animals Play Set

Australia Series

Australia Series

 
The set includes a Kangaroo, a Koala, a wombat, an Emu and a two-sided graphic scene featuring Australian animals.
 
  • introduces conservation to children’s thinking by using animals characters from the 4 continents of the world
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  • Australia has some of the most unusual animals and plants
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  • almost all marsupial such as the Kangaroo, Koala, Emu and Wombat (pouched mammals) are found only in Australia
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  • children can expand their knowlege about animal life while playing with the Planimal Series
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Green Toys are Eco-Friendly

Green Toys are known for classic designs in eco-friendly materials.  And oh yeah – a healthy dose of Good Green Fun.  Those are the ingredients for Green Toys, the world’s most environmentally conscious toy line.

Green Toys Pizza Parlor

Green Toys Pizza Parlor

 

Play Food:  Dishwasher Safe – Food Safe – Stackable

 

Green Toys Build A Bouquet

Green Toys Build A Bouquet

 

Be Creative:  Build and Construct

 

Green Toys Stacker

Green Toys Stacker

 

Babies can start being environmentally responsible from the get-go.  Green Toys colorful, ultra-safe My First Green Toys line meets FDA food contact standards, and are easy for tiny hands to hold.

 

 

Green Toys Tabletop Set

Green Toys Tabletop Set

 

A complete line of eco-friendly, dishwasher safe tableware for kids, Green Eats redefines the term “clean plate”.  Made from 100% recycled plastic, Green Eats tableware has no BPA, phthalates or melamine.  Meets FDA food contact standards.

 

Safe, eco-friendly, US Made Good Green Fun!

Eco-Friendly Toys Made of Bamboo

Bamboo is often used in eco-friendly toys.  Why bamboo you might ask?  Well, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world.  If cultivated properly, it can fully regenerate within 3 months causing no detriment to the surrounding ecosystem.  Bamboo raises the water level in the areas that surround it.  It is an enormous consumer of CO2, thereby increasing the amount of oxygen in the air.  It softens the sounds of the city and provides a natural barrier of beauty .  Although technically a grass, bamboo has the look and feel of wooden toys.  It’s strength and flexibility offer interesting and ecological alternatives to  toy designers.

Hape Toys has a collection of bamboo toys.  Inspired by the unique properties of bamboo, they design new toys with twists on the traditional ones.  Their eco-design approach entails toys that are made of bamboo, the use of water-based color and packaged in recycled cardboard.

Hape E-Offroader

Hape E-Offroader

 

Rethink.  Reduce.  Reuse.  Recycle.

Happy Motoring!

the folks at Cow & Lizard

Kaleidoscope Toys

A kaleidoscope is a cylinder with mirrors often  containing loose, colored objects.   As the viewer looks into one end,  the light entering the other end creates a colorful pattern, due to the reflection off of the mirrors. The word ”kaleidoscope” means  “observer of beautiful forms.”

Plan Toys has several wooden kaleidoscope toys available  – mushrooms, fish, shell and starfish.

Fish

Fish Kaleidoscope

 

mushroom

mushroom kaleidoscope

 

Build-A-Robot by PlanToys – award winner!

Build-A-Robot

Build-A-Robot

The Industrial Designers Society of America has proudly unveiled the winners of the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA®) 2012 competition – a celebration of design excellence in products, sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts. Congratulations to our Build-A-Robot and its designer, Laura Urquiaga, for earning the IDEA 2012 Bronze Award in the Leisure and Recreation Category.

Build-a-Robot, featuring a modern design aesthetic, was designed specifically to address the needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) though it appeals to children of all ages. The primary function addresses the need to identify emotions. Secondary functions include sensory issues and fine motor skills. The toy is manufactured with kiln-dried, reclaimed rubber wood, water-based dyes and non-formaldehyde glue in a factory that is powered by biomass and solar energy. Packaging is recycled paper and soy ink. Four interchangeable, geometric-shaped heads featuring the emotions of happiness, sadness, anger and surprise feature a range of textures to address sensory issues.

Designer, Laura Urquiaga, sought to design a toy that would specifically address the needs of children with ASD, while still appealing to children of all ages. Symptoms and the severity are different for each child. Her design seeks to primarily address the issues of social interaction and communication by helping children to identify emotions. Children with ASD typically have difficulty with subtle social cues, such as a smile. This inability makes it hard for them to predict or understand another’s actions or feelings. Secondary functions address sensory issues that are common to children with ASD and strengthening fine motor skills.