Monday, October 14, 2013

Green Toys: 100 Percent Recycled Children's Products

Founded in 2007 by Robert von Goeben and Laurie Hyman, Green Toys Inc. manufactures classic children's toys made from recycled plastic and other eco-friendly materials. Specifically, recycled milk jugs are the main ingredient in Green Toys products, all of which are 100 percent made in the USA. From milk container recycling to toy production to final assembly, everything is done locally in California, where the company is headquartered. Because nothing is shipped from overseas, Green Toys products require less transportation and less energy to make. On average, each pound of recycled milk jugs used in the Green Toys manufacturing process saves energy equivalent to 3,000 AAA batteries and enough electricity to power a TV set for three weeks and a laptop for a month. To date, the company has recycled more than 18 million plastic milk containers.

Green Toys products are unique in the toy industry as they are the only toys on the market made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials and packaged exclusively in 100 percent recycled and recyclable cardboard. Furthermore, Green Toys uses as little packaging material as possible and does not use plastics, cellophane, or twist ties that have to be thrown away.

The leader in environmentally friendly and socially responsible children's products, Green Toys has received a number of awards for its toys, including the Fat Brain Toy Award, Dr. Toy's “Green Toy Company of the Year” and “Best Classic Toy” honors, the Parents' Choice Gold Award, the B. EcoChic Seal of Approval, the Right Start Baby Essentials Award, the Creative Child Toy of the Year Award, and more. Tested by nationally recognized, independent labs, Green Toys products have passed several tests, including the Consumer Products Safety Standard Specification, FDA regulations for food contact, voluntary testing for no BPA, and international standards EN71 and ISO 8124.

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