Since choosing toys for little ones dreaming of visits from St. Nick is on the minds of so many of us during December, I thought I would continue the theme of providing some resources to help select safe and environmentally friendly options.
The Green Guide's Toy Guide provides information on toy materials (including plastics, wood, electronics and battery operated toys, cotton, hemp and wool); shopping and usage tips; product comparisons (in a handy chart that includes purchasing information and reader reviews); and the "backstory" that explains some of the health and safety concerns associated with toys and exposure to substances sometimes found in them.
Treehugger's 2008 Holiday Gift Guide includes a section for the "WeeHugger" includes information on some great back-to-basics toys, activities and toys to help teach your child about the environment and recycling, and organic t-shirts and lunch bags.
GoodGuide's Holiday Guide to Safe Toys "includes only toys that are free from chemicals of concern such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, bromine, and phthalates. Hopefully, they're also fun for your kids! They've found options for all your gift needs, from safe dolls to safe puzzles, from safe arts and crafts to safe action figures."