2014 Toy Fair Gives Us Eco-Friendly Toys Parents Can Actually Afford

Moms, let's face it; buying toys for your kids is not as much fun as it should be. You have to worry about lead and toxins and what is all that plastic doing to the environment?!

Answer: it's slowly, but surely, destroying it. So we'd love to do anything to do our part and help save this pretty green planet. Starting with the toys we hand the kids.

And good news, Mom. The toy industry is finally listening! 

We checked out this year's American International Toy Fair, and they've gone green.


These eco-friendly toys are made from recyclable materials, feature no harmful dyes or colors, and are completely reusable (hello, nice hand-me-downs!). They also don't require batteries so there's no exposure to deadly toxins that can pollute the air, water, and eventually the entire ecosystem. Since they're incredibly difficult to dispose of (not to mention expensive), we'd prefer to just ditch them entirely and embrace our eco-loving toys. Plus, we feel better for buying them and scoring some major environmental karma points!

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Don't worry, I know what you're thinking. Aren't environmental toys so much more expensive? And the answer is: not necessarily. We found many of the Toy Fair items to be quite affordable, on top of being good for the planet. It's a win-win. And since they're battery-less, you'll save major moolah when you're not running out to CVS for another dreaded $15 pack (not to mention not filling the landfill with extra dead batteries).

Looking for green toys for the kids? Here's some of what's coming down the pike for parents this year.

Would you buy any of these for your kids?

Image via Suzee Skwiot

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