Green Toys & Earth Day Week Giveaway!

By Kristie Turck •  Published 04/20/09 •  4 min read

Last updated on April 25th, 2009 at 02:05 pm

greentoyslogoI know Earth Day is April 22nd but we’re treating the whole week like Earth Day.   Besides, the Earth could use a little extra TLC, so 5 days instead of one sounds good to us.  In honor of Earth Day Week we’re reviewing and giving away some environmentally friendly goodies, reviewing products and bringing attention to some ways we can help teach our kids how to take better care of the planet.

To kick off, we’re starting with a review of one of our favorite companies, Green Toys.  The Green Toys company was started in California with the hopes of focusing on an alternative to plastic toys that promote recycling, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy, and increase the overall health and happiness of the planet. All of their toys are made from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs (HDPE) which saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.  All their toys are BPA, Phthalate and PVC Free AND are all made in the USA without any toxic or lead risky paints. Also (and I think this might b my favorite thing:  All Green Toys products are packaged in recycled corrugated boxes with no plastics, cellophane or twist-ties, and are 100% recyclable.  No twisties or waste… just plop the cardboard in your regular recycling.

But are they good toys?

gt_sand_toyIn a word, YES.  If you think about traditional plastic toys, how many times have you been left with something that cracked, broke an inevitably ended up in the trash.  Especially those cheap sand toys for the beach.  We tried out Green Toys Sand Play Set recently and we were wow’ed by the great quality.

Living in Florida, going to the beach is a regular occurrence for us (keeps the kids busy!) so we trekked down there with our Green Toys Sand Play Set and gave it a good beating.  My husband, unknowing of the test, was heard saying “Hand me the GOOD shovel!” referring of course to the Green Toys shovel.  These are far more sturdy than any of the cheap plastic shovels and pails we’ve had (and recycled due to cracking or breaking).  They’re really sturdy and my son now prefers these over the rest of his sand toys.   Overall,  I was thoroughly impressed.. and the eco-friendly nature of the creation process and the company make me love it more.

Green Toys has an adorable selection of toys (if I had a girl I would so be getting the Tea Set!) including Play Dishes, Jump Ropes, Frisbees, a Tool Set (I see owning this in my future – I’ll soon have 2 boys in the house) and how cool is this Recycling Truck?

Win A Green Toys Sand Play Set!

Green Toys is giving one of our lucky readers a Green Toys Sand Play Set! Woo!  I know you’ll love it as much as we do.  To enter:

  1. Visit
  2. Leave a comment on this post and tell us what Green Toys product you think your kids would love.  If you already have a Green Toy tell us which one and why you love it!

Extra Entries:

Follow us on Twitter and comment here to confirm.  If you already follow us, Tweet this giveaway and link the tweet back here in the comments for an extra entry. (Please submit a separate comment so your extra entry will be counted)

One winner will be chosen at random.  Giveaway available to U.S. residents only.  Entries accepted until Friday April 24, 2009 at Midnight EST.

Giveaway Closed! Congratulations to Jennifer H for picking up a Green Toys Sand Play Set.  Thank you to everyone who entered and helped promote the giveaway on Twitter.  We hope you’ll participate again as we have more to come!