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GLOB Natural Non-Toxic Paints

What: All natural, non-toxic paint

Features: Water-soluble, botanically crafted paints made from fruits, vegetables, flowers and spices with natural food-grade ingredients and organic extracts.  Similar to watercolors, GLOB paints can be used for a variety of arts and crafts activities.

Green Factor: Inexplicably, in the US, synthetic pigments that have never been tested for toxicity can be labeled “non-toxic ” simply because there is no data to prove otherwise. GLOB paints are free of the petrochemicals, formaldehyde and heavy metals like lead and cadmium that are found in many so-called “non-toxic” art pigments.

Bonus: GLOB’s annual School Giveaway provides free paints to schools, making safe, green art supplies available for creative programs.

Find It Here: GLOB

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Way Basics Table & Chair Set

way-basics-table-setWhat: Children’s table and chairs (comes in white and multi-colors)

Features: Sustainably made from zBoard recycled paper, each piece is sturdy yet super lightweight—62% lighter than particleboard furniture. It’s also water resistant and sets up in minutes without tools (looking at you, IKEA!)

Green Factor: Unlike particleboard, which is what most commonly available non-plastic children’s table sets are made of, zBoard is toxin, VOC and formaldehyde-free and uses environmentally friendly and recyclable water-based glues so there is no chemical outgassing in your home.

Additionally, zBoards are made almost entirely (99%) from post-consumer recycled paper and do not consume additional trees and the enormous amounts of water needed to make virgin paper. Way’s zBoard furniture is 100% recyclable

Bonus: Way is a carbon neutral company and a founding member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council. In addition to table sets, they make really cool bookshelves and modular cube storage systems.

Find It Here: Buy directly from Way Basics or buy from Amazon and get free shipping when you spend over $25

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Mimi the Sardine Apron

What: Eco-friendly child’s apron from Mimi the Sardine

Features: Swedish-made, acrylic (non-PVC) coated, water-resistant cotton apron for crafts and kitchen fun. Wipe it clean or safely machine-wash.

Green Factor: PVC-free, meets Oeko-Tex 100 standards for safe and environmentally friendly fabrics, free of harsh chemicals and dyes.

Bonus: Made in USA

Find It Here: Oompa Toys

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Rosegarden Palace

What: A cardboard palace

Features: Made of recycled cardboard, this super cool castle comes with non-toxic markers so it can be colored however your child wishes. Approximate size 9″ x 11″.

Green Factor: Well, first and foremost, it’s not plastic! It’s also recyclable, as well as made of recycled materials, non-toxic and lead-free.

Bonus: The Rosegarden Palace can be folded up when it’s not being used!

Find It Here: Creative Toyshop

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Tavern Puzzles

tavern puzzlesWhat: Metal disentanglement puzzles

Features: Tavern Puzzles are repro- ductions of a type of puzzle traditionally forged by blacksmiths to amuse patrons at country taverns and inns. All the puzzles are handcrafted and mechanical in nature; removal of the object piece does not rely on force or trickery, just brain power.

Green Factor: Free of plastic and batteries, Tavern Puzzles are made of solid steel and not likely to break so they can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Bonus: Tavern Puzzles come in multiple levels of difficulty so players can continue to be challenged!

Find It Here: ThinkGeek

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Finger Strings

What: Finger Strings book

Features: Spiral bound book that stays open so you can see the steps and learn super cool (and super retro) finger string games like Cat’s Cradle, Jacob’s Ladder and more.

Green Factor: Finger string games run on kid power, not batteries, so a book encouraging this kind of old-fashioned fun is definitely better for the planet. Also: It’s NOT a big hunk of plastic.

Bonus: The book comes with two strings!

Find It Here: Palumba or Amazon

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This Little Piggy’s House

What: Cool cardboard playhouses

Features: The sturdy playhouses are made from 275 lb corrugated cardboard and boast fun, realistic architectural details. Made in the USA.

Green Factor: Made from 100% recycled cardboard and 100% recyclable.

Bonus: 5% of profits are donated to organizations that feed hungry children in the US and around the world.

Find It Here: This Little Piggy’s House

Giveaway Ending Today: Truly Organic Baking

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Organic Brainbow Nesting Arches

nimble-nester-stacking-arches.jpgWhat: Organic Brainbow Nesting Arches

Features: From Little Sapling Toys, a lovely set of stacking arches that are simple in appearance, yet perfect for young, developing minds. Kids can hone their balancing, fine motor and pattern-making skills with this timeless wooden set that can be passed on for generations because hello? NOT made from junky plastic.

Green Factor: Made out of maple, cherry and walnut; the arches are finished with a light beeswax and organic jojoba oil.

Bonus: For every toy sold, Little Sapling Toys plants a tree.

Find It Here: Little Sapling Toys

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Whoops Bunny

whoops_bunny_play_makeup.jpgWhat: Whoops Bunny Natural Makeup Sticks

Features: Five twist-up tubes of brightly colored makeup for your little bunnies to play with, worry free!

Green Factor: Unlike most kids’ play makeup that’s loaded with nasty and sometimes toxic chemicals, Whoops Bunny is made from all natural, biodegradable ingredients such as raspberry extract—and the plastic tubes are recyclable, as well.

Bonus: Whoops Bunny makeup sticks are made right in the USA and manufactured with wind power.

Find It Here: Whoops Bunny

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Super Mod Wooden Tricycle

trike.jpgWhat: Wooden trike

Features: I’ve always been a sucker for a red and white trike, but I’m head over heels for the fresh, modern look of this wooden one from Plan Toys! Constructed and designed with the toddler set in mind, this trike is fun, functional and built to last.

Green Factor: Made from all-natural, organic recycled rubber wood; decorated with non-toxic paints and finishes.

Bonus: Plan Toys was won over thirty awards for their innovative, eco-friendly, imagination-stimulating toys.

Find It Here: Amazon (currently on sale for an AMAZING $69.99!!!)

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Win It: The Green Hour

greenhourjpg.pngHappy Earth Day!

What: The Green Hour

Features: Research shows that spending time in nature actually makes kids happier, healthier and even smarter. Todd Christopher, the creator of the GreenHour.org, has filled this book with activities designed to encourage discovery, creative play, and a wonder of nature, as well as practical advice for parents to make getting outdoors easy and worry-free.

Green Factor: The premise behind The Green Hour is to encourage parents to carve one ‘green hour’ in to their kids’ days. This year, celebrate Earth Day every day for an hour (or more!) outdoors.

Bonus: We love that The Green Hour mixes family time with outdoor education. Brilliant! Watch this video trailer to learn more.

Find It Here: Amazon.com

Win It: We’ve partnered with Shambhala Publications to give away TWO copies of The Green Hour to two lucky readers! Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter GH04 as the giveaway name and tell us what federation recommends that parents give their kids one ‘green hour’ a day. Giveaway ends 04/30/10; $18 value. Open to residents worldwide! Official Rules. Giveaway has ended.

On our Blog: Kid’s Health: Pesticides in Food

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Manny & Simon Wheelie Toys

group-image-manny-and-simon.jpgWhat: Manny & Simon wooden wheelie toy

Features: These brightly colored, battery-free, wooden wheelie toys are sure to provide hours of imaginative play. A welcome addition to any toy box!

Green Factor: Made of 100% post-recycled wood residuals; painted with non-toxic, ultra low odor paint

Bonus: $6 flat-rate shipping on all ground orders!

Find It Here: Kelly Green Way

Win It: We’ve partnered with Kelly Green Way to give away a Manny & Simon wheelie toy of your choice! Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter MS04 as the giveaway name and name four of the eight Manny & Simon wheelie toys up for grabs on their web site. Enter by 04/14/10. $32 value. Open to US residents only. Winner to be notified by email. Giveaway has ended.

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