I grew up surrounded by toys. If it was shiny and made of plastic and featured a character popular on the late ’70s/early 80s kid circuit, chances are, I owned it. I had a blast with my toys. I lovingly tended to my foster home of Cabbage Patch Kids and played many a war game of Barbie versus G.I. Joe with my older brother. I had Rainbow Bright duke it out in an all-out fashion assault with Jem. I had not just My Little Pony, but the entire ranch. I adored my toys and I want my children to enjoy their play things with as much passion and zest as I did.
Since getting the news about “Nugget”, I’ve been thinking about toys. Since learning this past Tuesday that Nugget is a boy, I’ve begun to hone my toy focus even further. For me, the largest consideration with sourcing play things for our forthcoming tyke lies in finding objects that dovetail with my overarching ecological concerns. At the same time, I don’t want to sacrifice aesthetics or, well, fun.
Bearing that in mind, I’ve been sleuthing around for toys that are both sturdily and sustainably crafted. I want toys that don’t have lead or other heavy metals. I’m looking for objects free of potentially toxic residues. I’d also love to, as much as possible, steer clear of plastic objects, as most are petroleum-based and I’ve been working to curb my petroleum consumption in all of its many guises for years now (there are, of course, plastic toys made from recycled goods, as well as those that are BPA-free-these goodies totally appeal to me). Topping the list, however, is toys that are fun.
CLICK HERE for a list of Ashley’s favorite green toy sources after the jump!
I’ve been pleasantly surprised with what I’ve come across. Gorgeous, durable, colorful and ready for good times, the green toys I’ve discovered meet all of my criteria and then some. Here’s a list of some of my most favorite green toy sources:
I’ve also turned up a wealth of handcrafted items on the ever reliable Etsy. Additionally, here in Asheville, we’re fortunate enough to have the ecological housewares and children’s store Nest . It’s been our go-to source of gifts for new homeowners and parents for years and I’m so excited that we’ll now be able to use the store as a supplier for our family.
As a fledgling parent, I’d also like to turn to all of you seasoned D*S readers out there who’ve been doing this sort of research for years. If you have a favorite, much loved source of eco toys for tots, I’d love to hear about it. I thank you, and, in advance, Nugget thanks you! -ashley