Natural Toys and Games for Safe and Non-toxic Holidays


| 12/8/2017 9:54:00 AM


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There are plenty of more environmentally responsible toy and game options for the holidays. From games made from sustainably-sourced wood to toys made from recycled plastics that are free from PVC, BPA or Phthalates, the toy and game industry continues to recognize that fun toys and games for young people don’t have to destroy the planet in the process of making them or be made of potentially hazardous materials. Many are made in the USA, not on the other side of the Earth. I had a chance to check out the latest innovations at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair, joined by John Ivanko who covered this event previously.

“Toy and game manufacturers are becoming more green,” observes Mary Couzin, CEO and Founder of the Toy and Game Group which hosts the Chicago Toy and Game Fair held every year at the Navy Pier in Chicago. The event is the largest toy and game fair in North America and it’s open to the public on the weekend.

“As an example, Hasbro publicly lists their goals and have been given environmental awards for their efforts,” continues Couzin. “By 2020 Hasbro plans to reduce waste to landfill by 50 percent, energy consumption by 25 percent, greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent and water consumption by 15 percent.”

“I think people are concerned about the future, are more vocal and social media gives a platform to express concern and show shocking pictures like floating 'islands' of plastics in the oceans,” adds Couzin. “The growth of Green Toys is just one example of an environmentally friendly company embraced by parents.”



Here’s a preview of what’s hot and green when it comes to toys and games, just in time for the holiday gift-giving season. There are plenty of non-toxic toys that are made in ways that meet or exceed relevant safety standards.



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