A Toy Company That Makes A Difference
Green Toys is the result of two colleagues, Laurie and Robert, working together to create safer toys for children and the planet.
Robert von Goeben was a former toy designer whose wife came up with the idea of creating an eco friendly toy. He thought it was a great concept and called his colleague, Laurie Hyman, to see if she was interested in collaborating. Laurie was in her kids' playroom during the call when she looked around and realised what a plastic toy wasteland it was. It bothered her that her children were putting these toys in their mouths. At that moment, Laurie knew she needed to work with Robert to solve this problem.
Set out to make a positive impact, Laurie and Robert worked in his California garage with nothing more than a plan to make safe children's toys. In 2007, the Green Toys company launched. The company quickly became a household name as its toys were made in the US using nothing but safe, non toxic materials.
Since their launch, they have recycled 126 million plastic milk jugs (and counting)!
Toys Made From Recycled Plastic
The brand takes inspiration from classic toys children know and love and transforms them into sustainable versions.
Plastic toys can take a very long time to break down in the environment, and they can leach harmful chemicals into the soil and water. But Green Toys has solved this problem by creating toys made from 100% post consumer plastic, mainly recycled from plastic milk jugs/bottles. These plastics are cleaned and reprocessed to mould into new plastics and then mixed with food safe, mineral based colour dyes.
Toys With More Purpose In Mind
Green Toys products help encourage children to develop a wide range of skills including hand eye co-ordination, fine and gross motor, and problem solving. These toys also allow children to experience open ended play while taking care of the environment.
An award winning toy company
One of the reasons that Hello Charlie loves Green Toys is because their toys are actually safe for children to play with. They deserve the many accolades they've received for their eco friendly toy range. But the awards aren't just for being eco friendly because pediatricians love them, too. You know they're great toys because they help develop skills as well.
Green Toys' greener packaging practices don't go unnoticed, too, because they use 100% recyclable cardboard boxes. They take being green to the next level, as they only use earth friendly, sustainable, and recycling bin ready materials.
What Makes Green Toys Products Eco Friendly and Sustainable?
For the company, it's not only about recycling but also supporting the circular economy. They invest in this economy where all wastes are reused or recycled efficiently. Instead of putting virgin plastic to wasteful procedures, they use recycled plastic milk jugs in innovative ways.
Kids will get excited about this when you teach them that old, used milk jugs can become their new go to toy. They'll also begin to understand how sustainability works, which is both fun and educational.
Sustainably, Ethically, and Mindfully Made
Green Toys manufacture their eco friendly toys in the US, which is great because they have direct access to the products for quality checking. They can also make sure that each item is made in a sustainable, ethical, and safe manner.
Safety Is Their #1 Priority
The brand creates its toys with an emphasis on safety. Based in California, known for its strict environmental and safety regulations, all of the company's items exceed the US and global standards for phthalates and BPA.
They also comply with various safety laws, requirements, and standards, including:
- The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)
- ASTM F963 (Children’s Product Safety Requirements)
- International standards EN 71 and ISO 8124
Green Toys Sustainable Materials
Toys Made From Recycled Materials
Green Toys products are primarily made from 100% post consumer recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE) from milk jugs/bottles. They also use yoghurt cups and other types of recycled plastic.
Aside from HDPE, some of their products contain components made from recycled polypropylene (PP) or recycled low density polyethylene (LDPE). HDPE is one of the most commonly used food grade plastics, while all three are considered safe plastics.
Some plastics can be toxic and can contain harmful chemicals like BPA, phthalates, and PVC. But Green Toys' environmentally friendly toys are free from these as they only use safe, recycled plastics. You can rest easy knowing that Hello Charlie stocks products that are only eco. We do extensive research to ensure that the materials are safe for your baby, your family and the planet.
Sustainable Eco Packaging
Green Toys cardboard packaging is recyclable and has no small plastic pieces like twist ties, cellophane wrappers, or blister packs.
The ink they use to print their boxes is soy based, which means it doesn't contain harmful chemicals.
Occasionally, where they need to keep packed items in place, they will use packaging components made from 100% recycled water bottles. This helps keep toys safe while using eco friendly packaging materials.
Shop The Most Popular Green Toys Recycled Plastic Toys
Green Toys are amongst the most innovative toys available in Australia with their stylish designs and bright, fun colours. The range of toys starts with baby and toddler toys, with the much loved stacking cups, shape sorter, and sand play set. There are imaginative playthings toys, too, like the ever popular submarine, wagon, and recycled recycling truck!
Green Toys Submarine
For an eco toy that offers plenty of fun, look no further than Green Toys Submarine. Kids will love playing with this blue and yellow submarine in the bathtub or pool.
This submarine is made from safe materials and floats well, making it an ideal baby bath toy. The rear propeller spins, and the flat bottom keeps it stable when floating on water. The wide mouth opening makes it easy to scoop and pour water, while the classic handle is easy to hold - perfect for little hands!
Green Toys Wagon
This wagon is perfect for eco conscious parents who want a durable wagon for their toddlers. It has chunky tyres and a low set bed that are perfect for kids to carry around their treasures. The cotton rope handle easily tucks inside, so it can be transported or stored with ease.
Playing with this pull along wagon is not only fun, but it also helps your child to build strength and develop their gross motor skills.
Green Toys Sand Play Set
Building a sandcastle or digging for buried treasure is a classic childhood pastime. And this sand play set will give your kids a greener way to have fun.
This colourful set includes a bucket, spade, rake, and sand castle mould made from 100% recycled milk containers. It's lightweight, so it's easy for children to carry.
These eco beach toys are safe for children, so you can rest easy knowing your child is safely entertained and learning at the same time. No matter how big or small a sand creation they make, Green Toys sand play set will always leave a light footprint on the environment.
Green Toys Stacking Cups
Playing with stacking toys can help babies learn early developmental skills. By stacking and sorting the different cups, they're developing their hand eye co-ordination. And by scooping and pouring, they're practising their fine motor skills.
You can stack them in a tower or nest them together for easy storage. They're also great for bath time, water, and outdoor play. And the best part? The Green Toys stacker is dishwasher safe because they're easy to clean up.
Green Toys Shape Sorter
Toddlers will love developing their shape and colour recognition by playing with shape sorters. And what better way to hone basic developmental skills than with a Green Toys Shape Sorter. Trying to fit the shapes into the correct holes will keep toddlers entertained for hours. And the different shapes are the perfect size for little hands.
This colourful activity toy also encourages hand eye co-ordination, problem solving, and fine and gross motor skills. Best of all, it opens with a simple twist. You can easily take the shapes from the sorter, so your baby can play with the shapes again.
It's a two piece elliptical shape sorter with two of each shape: stars, circles, squares, and triangles.
Green Toys Recycling Truck
Most children love trucks, and the recycling truck from Green Toys is extra special. Playing with this toy teaches kids about recycling basics because it's actually made from recycled materials. They can pretend to collect more plastic, which can be turned into even more toys!
This recycling toy truck has an open/shut rear door to haul small toys and a movable recycling bed that toddlers can tilt to dump the contents. Kids can pretend to recycle their toys or drive around and have fun. It also has chunky tyres that make it sturdy enough for even the roughest play.
The Green Toys truck helps improve fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination. It also helps encourage kids to use their hands to move pieces into the vehicle, so kids can develop their dexterities while having a blast.
Buy Online: Eco Toys from Green Toys at Hello Charlie
The Hello Charlie online shop is one of the official Green Toys stockists, with Australia wide delivery and same day despatch when you order before 10 am.