Eco-friendly Children’s Toys

Written by Role Mommy contributor, Danielle Feigenbaum

planwood-100x100.jpg Buying gifts for babies and young kids isn’t easy. Whether the gift is for a friend, family member or your own children, PlanWood toys makes it simple to choose a wonderful, fun gift that you can feel good about giving. You can get everything from a dancing alligator, adorable doll house, play food, sorting and stacking toys, and so much more.
PlanToys® are made from non-toxic, natural materials such as organic rubberwood. Their toys enable children to play, learn and become closer to nature. PlanWood is made from the 2 tons of sawdust that the toy factory produces daily, truly using every part of the rubberwood tree. Less than 1% of formaldehyde-free E-zero glue is used and it isn’t treated with any other heavy chemicals. Another plus of PlanWood is that organic colorant can be added during the composite process, which is more eco-friendly than the water-based paints and finishes PlanToys uses on its rubberwood toys. Parents will also love that the new PlanWood toys can safely go in the dishwasher. So if you have a little one who loves putting everything in her mouth, you’ll be able to easily keep her toys clean, that is a huge plus.
I was lucky enough to receive a Doll House from PlanToys. My husband is the handy man in our family, but he was traveling for business this week so I was left on my own to assemble it. It was a little tricky (for me) but I did it! The house does not come with any furniture or dolls so my kids used what we already have around the house (Polly Pockets felt right at home as did my son’s batman and transformers) Even though my kids are a little on the older side (the house is ideal for ages 3-6), they did play with it for hours! I think this would make a great present, just remember to buy some dolls and furniture to go with it.
It’s so hard to know (and scary to think about) what goes into making the toys our kids play with. Babies and toddlers put everything in their mouth, so it is reassuring to know there is nothing harmful or dangerous in PlanToys.
Take a look at the website for all the great toys you can enjoy buying and feel really good about giving! Happy Shopping.

The Earth Day Fave Five

We’ve been combing the Internet searching for fabulous finds this coming Earth Day so as everyone continues to go green, we’ve got a list of great deals, movies, websites for kids, green mom blogs and more!

1. If you’re in the mood to see a great movie about our planet, then Disney and Discovery have just the answer with the new film Earth. Check out the trailer to see for yourself and if you purchase a ticket for Disney’s Earth they will plant a tree in your honor! To find out more, visit the Disney Earth website for games, beautiful wallpaper downloads, videos, gallery and more.
2. While paying an early morning visit to Twitter, we discovered a great deal from Toys R Us – if you order select eco-friendly toys this week, they’ll provide free shipping!
Thumbnail image for HH logo FINAL TM-1.jpg3. Want to teach your kids more about the environment and endangered animals? Then hop on over to Habitat Heroes where you’ll find games and experts who share everything there is to know about protecting the amazing animals on our planet.
lola_and_james_tee.jpg4. Check out these fashion finds from Lola & James, an innovative, eco-conscious children’s clothing line created by Paula Scolaro-Sikking, a Montreal-born graduate of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. The line features bold and creative looks such as vintage concert t-shirts, colorful designs made from recycled fabrics and materials, and customized recycled cashmere blankets. The line caters to both boys and girls, sizes 0/6 months to 10 years old. Lola carries the same one-of-a-kind, independent streak as the clothes she inspires. Celebrity clients include the offspring of Kelly Ripa, Angelina Jolie, Courtney Cox, Eddie Vedder and Gwen Stefani. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, Tough Cookies Children’s Boutique will donate 10% of all Lola & James purchases to Tree People, whose staff and volunteers work to plant trees and restore the pollution-damaged mountains of Southern California.
5. Here’s a shout out to some fabulous green blogs and websites Green Options, Green Baby, Eco Child’s Play, Mom Go Green and Green Your Decor.
We’ll be sharing more great Green Blogs this week and if you’re a green blogger, then comment now and share your link too!