Toys & Art Supplies

Green Business Standard

Includes non-computer or electronic games; paints for artistic expression; soft toys and teething rings; wheeled toys; when the training wheels come off, see Transportation

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Restored & Protected Environment

Required

  • Used, reclaimed or FSC -certified wood
  • Nontoxic dyes, pigments, varnishes and sealants
  • Designed to be durable and become hand-me-downs
  • All natural preservatives used for art supplies
  • Made from non-plastic substances such as wood, unbleached cloth, organic cotton

Preferred

  • Varnishes are Green Seal certified
  • Use of a green office or facility, including resource reuse and maximum use of post-consumer recycled resources as well as maximum water and energy efficiency This includes storm water management if companies have access to the exterior of their buildings or property.

Social & Economic Justice

Required

  • Does not imitate or glorify violent behavior
  • When made outside the US, the company ensures that their products were not made in sweatshops
  • Safe; age-appropriate; for infants and toddlers check that toy is unbreakable, washable, and too large to swallow, free of sharp edges
  • Phthalate-free or non-petroleum-based plastics. No polyvinylchloride (PVC)
  • Varnishes are non-toxic or lead-free

Preferred

  • Toys that encourage cooperative play
  • Non gender-specific toys, such as stuffed animals, modeling clay and building blocks
  • Made with local materials

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