Like it or not, it’s that time of year, the time when retailers shove the “holiday shopping season” down all of our throats with incessant ads and special doorbuster deals. I love Christmas (or I used to before it started November 1st), but I’m not all that into the thrill of buying stuff on sale, so Black Friday doesn’t mean much to me. I’ve always enjoyed shopping for my daughter, but I’ve gotten increasingly depressed about the fact that everything available for kids at big box retailers, from clothes to toys, is made in China under less-than-desirable conditions.
So I got Barbara-Streisand’s-version-of-Jingle-Bells-level jazzed when I found out about Green Toys, a California company that makes eco-friendly toys out of recycled plastic right here in America. They’ve got all the big items little kids love (trucks, tool sets, tea sets and more) at reasonable prices. A few of these items cost significantly more than the price you’d pay at a big box retailer for non-recycled, foreign-made products, but many cost just about the same or only slightly more and seem worth the extra investment when you think about the return. Some even cost less than comparable, non-eco items sold at major retailers.
Check out these cool Green Toys with price comparisons below:
Note: Items are often available for significantly less than the manufacturer’s price from online retailers like Amazon.
Plus, check out the top 100 toys this holiday season!