Monday, December 12, 2011

Day 11 ~ Holiday Gift Guide ~ Green Toys Inc. ~ Dump Truck & School Bus Review

Green Toys Inc. makes an awesome line of classic children’s toys constructed from recycled plastic and other environmentally friendly materials. This helps reduce fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improving the overall health and happiness of the planet.

Green Toys Inc. uses recycled milk containers as the main ingredient in creating their toys. Yes, the exact plastic milk jugs that you and your family drink from every day. When you finish your milk and toss the container in the recycling bin, these milk containers are collected at your curb by a local recycling company, who then sorts them from all the other types of plastic. Next, the milk containers are reprocessed into super clean fresh plastic. For you plastic geeks, the plastic material we use is called high-density polyethylene (or HDPE). This material is considered one of the safest, cleanest plastics around. 

All Green Toys products are 100% made in the USA. To be more specific, they are produced in California, a state known for strict toy safety and environmental laws. It's cool to buy USA, but also think about this: transportation is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gasses. We all know driving less is good for mother nature, but did you ever think about how many miles a toy logs before it ends up in your local store? 

 Green Toys products are tested by nationally recognized, independent, third-party labs (located, yes, in the USA.) They contain no traceable amounts of Phthalates or BPA. They are also designed without any external coatings, eliminating the fear of lead paint.
Our products pass a plethora of tests, including:
  • Consumer Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)
  • Consumer Products Safety Standard Specification, ASTM F963
  • California Prop. 65 restrictions on lead & cadmium
  • FDA regulations for food contact
  • Voluntary testing for no BPA (Bisphenol-A)
  • International standards EN71 and ISO 8124 
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ARV $27.99 USD
School's in session with the planet's favorite new kid in class - the Green Toys™ School Bus!  The Green Toys School Bus goes to the head of the class for safety and eco-design, with no metal axles or external coatings. No BPA, PVC or phthalates. Packaged using only recycled and recyclable materials.

Dimensions: 10 3/4"L x 6"W x 6"H
For ages 1+

ARV $27.99 USD
Need help hauling a big load while helping save the planet? Then the Green Toy Dump Truck is ready to get working.

The Green Toys Dump Truck is possibly the most energy efficient vehicle on this or any planet. The super cool eco-design has a workable dumper and no metal axles.

For ages 1+


You can also check out Green Toys on Facebook and Twitter as well as sign up for their email updates

My Thoughts~!!

I love the idea of recycled plastic that is kid friendly and then turning that around and making something useful from the by-products.  This is a total win-win situation and the final outcome is some great looking, sturdy toys that children will spend hours playing with. I would have never thought that recycled milk jugs go do such wonders~!!

The texture of the toys is softer than regular plastic, not in its structure, but in its feel.  The bus and dump truck are totally durable and I feel they will last a childhood in play.  I thought the colours were remarkable considering everything is eco-friendly and colour is one thing that often fails in its delivery.

My son absolutely enjoys playing with these toys and he has spent many hours playing with his imagination as he loads up his other cars in this dump truck and transports the whole group around the playroom.  The school bus is equally engrossing for my daughter as its a gender friendly toy and she put her little Polly dolls inside and off they all went to school.

If you are a environmentally conscious consumer and your looking for some groovy toys to get the loved ones in your life, then consider Green Toys Inc., you will not be disappointed.  They have reasonable prices, friendly customer service and some of the BEST shipping around.

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** Disclosure: I did not accept any compensation from the sponsors other than review copies, my views are my own, reviewed by me..as I see it~!! **