Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Toys 'r' us - Natural Wood Toys

For Christophe birthday we received 3 more pieces from the Natural Wood collection Toys r Us now offers. But just how green and non-toxic are this new line from Toys r Us. Below is a list of pros and cons from my point of view.

  • Forest Stewardship Council seal approved wood used
  • Made from wood
  • no paints or dyes
  • chemical-free
  • does not use batteries
  • inexpensive
  • made in China
  • manufactured by a company that also makes toxic toys
  • sold at toys r us (over the years as toys r us has taken over the toy market many small mom and pop shops have closed their doors)
As much as the cons are big ones, I also believe that the more the general public purchases green items from the large corporation the more they will get the message that green is the better way.

I know for example the grocery store in my neighborhood is carrying more and more organic dry goods and produce because the demand is there. Our economy is all about supply and demand.

So far Christophe has Trailer Truck; Alphabet block set; Race car and the shape sorter and I have to say he loves all of them especially the truck and car. We will probably eventually get him the Fire Truck also.

As a mom point of these are built to last; the fact the people are all the same shape and size is also great as Christophe can let the race car driver drive the truck and vice-verse. The only thing that I am not crazy about is the fact that they are made with unfinished soft wood, soft wood takes on oils of your skin and discolors after time not making these good targets to save to pass on to the next generation.

What's your opinion about large corporations going "green"?


Kim said...
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Kim said...

I had to fix my grammar...

My take on large corporations going green is that it's trendy and just another means for them to make their money. I'd also be curious to know how sustainable the forests are that these toys are coming from? I would hate to think that I'm contributing to the destruction of forests by purchasing products from these companies (and any other company).

The Clever Pup said...

Have you checked out Scooter Girl on Roncie? I don't know but they might have some non toxic stuff.

Otherwise, stock up when you are at the One of A Kind Show.