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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Green Toys of 2009

From Dr. Toy:

Dr Toy's Smart Play Smart Toys speaks to the essence of good play and quality toys in a way that is approachable by parents, teachers, toy makers, toy buyers, and anyone thinking about raising healthy, compassionate, curious children. I recommend this book highly!
- Donna Jaffe, President Peaceable Kingdom, Inc.

Search Dr. Toy Award Winners 2007-2011 Product Type Age (Years) Max Price Year Won Program Won
Any Active Toy Activity Product Arts and Crafts Audio Tape Board Game Book Card Game CD CD-ROM Computer Related Construction Toy Costume Creative Product Cultural Doll Dollhouse DVD Educational Skills Electronic Game Electronic Product Entertainment Equipment Fantasy Play Game Green Product Hobby Internet Multimedia Musical Novelty Other Outdoor Play Plush Toy Pool Toy Puppet Puzzle Rubber Stamp Science Socially Responsible Software Stamps Toy Transportation Travel Item Unique Product Video Game Video Tape Any Birth 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 12+ Any $10 $25 $50 $75 $100 Any 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 Any Green 100 Best Summer Classic Worthy of Attention

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Dr. Toy's Best Green Products - 2009
The planet we live on is in trouble as we learn more every day.

What can we do? How can we change?

Can we inspire our children to appreciate the environment and help them to take better care of our natural resources?

We might start by showing them examples of what we do as adults to conserve energy. We can show them how we take better care of our homes and offices. We can illustrate by example how we reduce our carbon footprint in a variety of ways.

We can also look more closely at what we do every day—(use paper or cloth bags instead of plastic, conserve energy, recycle, take time each day to spend in nature out of doors walking, growing vegetables, and in other ways appreciating the fragile balance of nature).

We can also reconsider what we provide for children to play with. We can examine the products used for play. We can find out about the ingredients and the process used to make them. We have some excellent examples of playthings that are made safely, are healthy to use, and have plenty of special value in their message.

For the past three years we have identified products that are making a difference. Yes! These GREEN products constitute a small number now among all the choices of products available, but we need to start somewhere, and the awareness grows as more families are thinking and considering new directions that are safer, more balanced and healthier.

We are pleased and proud to identify the best GREEN Products and the conscientious companies that are making these products. We struggled to choose the BEST Green Company this year from among many qualified companies. They are each making a difference in their own way and making important contributions. Even if the practices are not as extensive, they are companies that have been either leaders in this area or are now participants in the growing number pledged to make a difference. The awareness is spreading and that in itself is encouraging. Each step helps. Each step moves us toward a healthier home and community.

We have identified products that help children learn more about their world. We have found products made from organic materials, or produced in ways that are healthier. We encourage you to consider these products for home or school or as gifts.

Dr. Toy's Best Green Products - 2009

We encourage you to locate new books and websites that may inspire you to learn more about what you can do to participate in changing and working together to create a healthier place for everyone to live.

More GREEN Resources to check out
The Earthworks Group, The New 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save the Earth www.50simplekids.com (more details among our winning selections)
Joanna Yarrow, 1001 Ways to Save the Earth www.chroniclebooks.com
Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin, True Green Kids-100 things you can do to save the planet National Geographic www.betruegreen.com
Consider the Possibility!
Start a toy Library where you live. http://www.usatla.org/Welcome.html
Work with schools to help make them more green. www.ase.org/section/program/greenschl
Change the light bulbs you use at home and at work.
Walk or bike instead of driving whenever possible.
Consider learning more! (Some excellent examples)
When we started the “Best Green Products Award Program”©, we wanted to recognize innovation in products that were making a difference, being made using new processes and/or based on principles such as planting new trees for those that were being used to produce their products.

Green awareness has grown throughout the toy industry due to many factors—product safety issues, wider realization of our precarious planet, and a broadening of principles to reflect daily practices. We applaud the changes. We hope the summary of these principles reflected by the growing group of green companies will continue to inspire others to match the effort.

Companies share the commitment to help preserve the world we live in. They are leading providers of new products, expanding awareness and are inspiring others. The products they make reflect these goals. These companies are practicing Green principles in their daily operations, providing support to local and national organizations that are making a difference, and providing information and resources to consumers. As one company reflected, “Going 100% Green” won’t happen overnight. Moving in a new Green direction is the best place to start!”

We urge you to review both the product details provided about each of the winners as well as the summary about why the company is considered Green and is considered a leader in promoting Green Practices.

After reviewing all of the attributes of all of the companies, one company was selected as the Green Company for 2009. This was a difficult choice to make as each company in the roster is worthy and has made a large difference already. We hope the activities of each company will be explored by others to expand their green practices.

The winner is Hugg-A-Planet.

Here are many of the important attributes provided by the companies as to why they qualified:
Manufactures eco-friendly products that reduces carbon footprint—manufacturing process and products reflect commitment.
Examples include:

Uses recycled paper and other eco-friendly materials in minimum quantities in its packaging.
Prints in the USA, on recycled paper, and uses vegetable-oil-based ink. Uses both sides of paper.
Factory is Fair Trade certified.
Uses organic products that are chemical free.
Recycles materials used for products and uses new processes for plastic.
Uses natural dyes.
Uses Polylith™, a synthetic “tree-free” paper made of 100% polypropylene, one of the most eco-friendly alternatives to vinyl. This rugged synthetic paper is waterproof and can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.
Hand assembles products.
Uses non-toxic glues and other materials.
Company practices reflect commitment.
Examples include:

Installation of energy-saving lighting fixtures throughout office and plant.
Saves electrical energy by turning off lights.
Reprograms computers and other electrical equipment to shut down automatically when not in use.
Reduces energy consumption footprint.
Installs solutubes, which allow for natural light to illuminate key workstations.
Eliminates the emission of any Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) into the atmosphere.
Recycling procedures are used that all employees participate in. One company recycled 2,170 tons of material, saving 37,000 trees in the process.
Recycles cans, bottles, paper, cardboard, cell phones, electronics, electronic media, landscape waste, and construction debris.
Eliminates individual plastic water bottles.
Minimizes driving alone during work hours by using environmentally friendly options such as teleconference, videoconference, carpools and public transit.
Reduces use of paper through electronic billing and management.
Company’s environmental messages expressed via press releases and advertising.
Promotes consumer awareness by supporting and promoting public participation in Green practices in homes and schools.
Companies are using new materials in new ways.
Companies are replanting trees.
Companies are inspiring special programs and services.
Contributing to the preservation of the planet.
Past Recognition of Best Green Companies
Dr. Toy announced Second International Dr. Toy’s GREEN TOY COMPANY AWARD to Green Toys Inc. - Oct. 15, 2008
“This is the second company to launch a campaign to better the environment by making a promise to its customers and a commitment to society to use recycled plastics to make new products,” says Dr. Toy, acknowledging the leadership of Robert von Goeben and Laurie Hyman, co-founders of Green Toys Inc., for their creative use of recycled, kid-safe materials and in adopting business practices that keep manufacturing local to California, which saves in carbon emissions and creates US jobs. This recognition considers how this company uses a sustainable eco-friendly approach in its material selection, packaging, and business philosophy, which results in high quality, fun toys.

More information visit www.greentoys.com

"Dr. Toy’s First Green Toy Company Award to The Blue Orange Game Company - June 1, 2007
“This is the first company to launch a campaign to better the environment by making a promise to its customers and a commitment to society by re-planting two trees for every one used in creating its games.” says Dr. Toy acknowledging the leadership of its founders, Julien Mayot & Thierry Denoual. The Blue Orange Games Company is a leader for their use of high-quality, kid-safe materials plus their recognition of the future in its business practices today. This recognition considers how this company uses a sustainable eco-friendly way to provide an important component of all the company's wooden games, blocks and puzzles.

More information visit www.blueorangegames.com

Dr. Toy’s Best Green Products Summary 2007-2009

Products List
Image Company Item Type(s) Ages Price Phone
Image Company Item Type(s) Ages Price Phone
4M Industrial Development Green Science - Windmill Generator es op gn 8-12 11.99 852-358982
ALEX Wash & Dry Bingo bg gn 3-5 17.99 800.666.2539
Andrews McMeel Publ New 50 Simple Things bo gn 8-12 12.99 800.851.8923
Cadaco EnviroBLOX Deluxe Set ac co cp ho gn 4-12 7.99 800.621.5426
Cardboardesign Rocket ae cp ty gn 2-5 77.00 201.867.0005
Challenge & Fun/FocusBloom I Cherish Planet Earth bo es ge sr gn 4-10 16.95 888.384.6200
Charlie's Playhouse Giant Evolution Timeline ho ml sr gn 4-10 49.99 401.301.0711
Citiblocs 200-pc Wooden Bldg Set co cp es ty gn 3-12 49.95 866.967.9748
Cloud B Polar Cuddle Cub pl sr ty gn 3-9 28.00 888.425.6832
Color Me House Color Me Rocket ac cp fp sr gn 3-12 49.99 541.633.0813
Dandelion Shape Sorter ty gn 1 m-12 m 38.99 888.222.3053
Disney Educational Productions School House Rock: Earth ae es sc sw dv gn 5-12 29.95 800.295.5010
DuneCraft Tea House cp es sc gn 4-12 24.99 800.306.4168
EDC Publishing/Usborne Books Going Green Kid Kit bo cp sc sr gn 8-12 18.99 800.475.4522
Elenco Snap Circuits Green cp es gn 8-12 64.95 800.533.2441
Elmer's Products Elmer's Glue Crew Recycling Program ac cp sr gn 5-12 0.00 888.435.6377
EOSGAME Leaves ae bg cg es sr gn 10-12 34.95 209.817.2458
Faber-Castell GRIP Watercolor EcoPencils ac cp gn 3-12 17.00 800.311.8684 x30
Fat Brain Toy Twig co cp es gn 3-12 49.99 800.590.5987
GBL&CLjr Publishing Popsi, The Daughter of Mother Nature bo do es sr gn 3-8 70.00 949.280.1261
Goldberger Co. Seedlings™ do ty gn 0-5 13.00 212.924.1194
Green Toys Inc Recycling Truck ae op ts gn 3-9 24.99 415.839.9971
Hugg-A-Planet Foundlings® pl sr ty gn 1-3 15.95 802.878.8900
Idbids Scout pl sr ty gn 3-5 14.99 877.443.2437
Imagination Box Schoolhouse ac cp ty gn 4-8 24.95 208.265.2699
Kids Preferred Buddy Peter Rabbit 10" pl tr ty gn 0-24 m 15.00 866.274.1144
Learning Horizons Earth Lovers Activity Books bo es sr gn 4-6 5.99 800.248.8946
LearningHerbs.com Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game bg es sr gn 4-12 29.99 425.216.6373
Maple Landmark Maple Teether Pair sr gn 0-24 m 15.50 800.421.4223
Restoration Gallery/Global Green Pals Recycle Kyle™ do es sr ty gn 3-12 29.95 219.512.9644
Roundhouse Design Collaborative Oh Plah! Bracelet no sr ty gn 3 m-24 m 19.99 860.581.4594
Sandvik Innovations Magnix® Kid Power I Care for the Earth bg bo es gn 3-5 12.95 610.975.3582
Schylling Panda's Pick Tic Tac Toe es tr ty gn 6-12 7.49 800.541.2929
ScreenLife Animal Planet DVDiscoveries! Baby Animals es pz sc dv gn 3-5 19.95 866.383.4263
SmartLab Toys All Natural Spa Lab ac ae cp sc gn 7-12 19.99 866.319.5900
Sound Advice Inc. Crazy Bugs cg sc gn 8-12 14.95 510.338.1208
Sprig Toys Ol' Mac's Story Building Barnyard co cp ty gn 3-5 29.99 970.472.0321
Sri Toys Educ Int'l Raccoon Puzzle cp pz sr gn 3-9 12.95 800.995.0154
Thames & Kosmos Global Warming bo sc sr gn 10-12 34.95 800.587.2872
WWF® by Terra WWF812 8-in-1 Combo bg es sr gn 6-12 50.00 973.694.5006

Key to Item Types: AC - Arts & Crafts AE - Active Toy AP - Activity Product AS - Accessory/Decor
AT - Audio Tape BG - Board Game BO - Book CD - CD
CE - Entertainment CG - Card Game CM - CD-ROM CO - Construction Toy
CP - Creative Product CR - Computer Related CS - Costume DH - Dollhouse
DO - Doll DV - DVD EG - Electronic Game EL - Electronic Product
EQ - Equipment ES - Educational Skills FP - Fantasy Play GE - Game
GN- Green Product HO - Hobby ML - Musical MM - Multimedia
NO - Novelty OP - Outdoor Play OT - Other PL - Plush Toy
PT - Pool Toy PU - Puppet PZ - Puzzle RS - Rubber Stamp
SC - Science SR - Socially Responsible ST - Stamps SW - Software
TR - Travel Item TS - Transportation TY - Toy UN - Unique Product
VG - Video Game VT - Video Tape
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