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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

4 Easy Steps to a Greener Toy Chest

While you’re doing your part for the environment, wouldn’t it be great to help your children do the same? They are never too young to start learning about every individual’s responsibility to protect our Earth. The good news is that they don’t have to be deprived of the coolest or best toys when you decide to turn that toy box green! 1. Skip the Batteries Batteries are not only a problem for the Earth, but are definitely an unsafe thing if your child happens to pop one out and into his or her mouth. One of the best things you can do for both your child and the Earth is to skip the batteries. Find toys that are fun without all the bells and whistles – consider something for the outdoors that your children will truly enjoy. You can use this as a great excuse to get outside with your child and enjoy the fresh air, plus our planet will benefit. 2. Recycled Toys One of my daughter’s favorite toys between the age of 1 and 4 was a stuffed cat that was given to her by an older cousin. Recycled toys help reduce waste – and your child can likely get a lot of fun from a toy that someone else is ready to throw away. Consider purchasing used toys from auction sites or from second-hand stores in your area. Not only will you save money, but you are doing one more thing for the Earth. 3. Reduce the Number of Toys You Purchase Although this seems like a small contribution to the environment, when more people do it – it certainly adds up! If you purchase 10 toys for a child’s birthday now, shave off a few and only purchase 7 or 8. If you want to make up the difference, take your child to a museum, park or other fun place that they will enjoy as a gift. 4. Purchase Eco-Friendly Toys If you just can’t bear to cut back on the number of toys you purchase for your children, opt for eco-friendly toys instead. For instance, Childtrek offers eco-friendly and natural toys for babies and toddlers. From wooden bowling sets to paper dolls, there are some really cool and fun toys available for children between the ages of baby to over 5 years. By choosing eco-friendly toys, you’re creating a safe ‘play’ environment for your child and working toward a safer and healthy environment overall.

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Blogger Yona Williams said...

Impulse purchase alert! I just bought a Hippo Anamalz (Australian-designed posable organic maple wood animals) from Childtrek for my nephew. I'd like to add that a portion of profits also goes to the Smile Train and the Nature Conservancy.

2/18/2009 07:48:00 PM  

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