Dr. Toy Announces 7th Best Green Toy Awards and 2013 Best Green Toy Company Award

Dr. Toy Best Green Toys 2013

San Francisco, CA – (May 20, 2013) – For the seventh year Stevanne Auerbach, PhD/Dr. Toy, recognizes the Best Green Toy and Children’s Products and the Best Green Toy Company. Dr Toy brings attention to the excellent innovative products and companies that are working toward making an important difference in playthings while reducing the impact of production. Past Best Green Toy Company Winners include Blue Orange Games, Green Toys, Hape Toys, Hugg a Planet, Maple Landmark and Plan Toys, Winner of 2013 award is announced below.

The award winning Green Products are made by companies striving to inspire children to appreciate the environment and help them learn to take better care of our natural resources. These companies are making products to teach children more about our planet and producing playthings that are based on Green Principles. These are excellent examples of playthings that are made safely, are healthy to use, and have plenty of other special play and learning values.

These green toy products constitute a small number among all the choices of the many positive play products available, but we need to start somewhere. As awareness grows more families are thinking and considering new directions that are safer, more balanced, healthier and in many cases are reflective of the “slow” movement as they provide play that respects the child’s pace of exploration.

About the Best Green Company 2013 – Thames & Kosmos: Dr. Toy is pleased to bestow the highly coveted Seventh Best Green Toy Company Award to Thames & Kosmos. Since its founding in 2001, Thames & Kosmos has been committed to its view of education and science as crucial aspects of its social responsibility. Over the past twelve years the company has educated millions of young scientists about alternative energy, the conversation of natural resources, and environmental science through its diverse offerings of hands-on, educational science kits. The current 2013 line includes over 15 kits that focus on Alternative Energy & Environmental Science. Each year, Thames & Kosmos donates a portion of the sales from these kits to environmentally focused non-profit organizations in the United States. The company has contributed to programs devoted to environmental education and/or the advancement and adoption of renewable energy practices, including the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living, Southside Community Land Trust (an urban agriculture program in Providence, RI), and Clean Water Action. Thames & Kosmos also makes frequent contributions to Resources for Rhode Island Education, a local non-profit that encourages the preservation of the environment by diverting clean, non-toxic, and reusable excess inventory from local businesses to educators and community organizations. The company’sr first product, the Fuel Cell Car, was released in 2001, followed shortly by the Power House kit. The award-winning Alternative Energy & Environmental Science line continued to grow to include Wind Power and Hydropower, which explore the practical applications of alternative energy resources; and Global Warming, which focuses on the impact of modern industry on the planet’s climate. In 2010, Thames & Kosmos introduced Sustainable Earth Lab, a comprehensive environmental science kit; then the new Stirling Engine, a unique heat engine that converts solar heat into clean electricity; and five new renewable-energy based kits in the Construction Series. The company announced four new Alternative Energy kits, including kits on solar thermal energy, electrochemistry, and solar power. More details on www.drtoy.com and www.thamesandkosmos.com

 

About Best Green Toy Products: Dr. Toy recognizes these fine Best Green Toy Products and the astute companies making these eco-friendly products. They are each making a difference in their own way and making important contributions. Each step moves us toward a healthier home and community.

Dr. Toy has identified diversified products that help children learn more about their world. She has found quality products made from organic materials, or produced in ways that are healthier. Consumers are encouraged to consider these products for home or school or as gifts. Dr. Toy is pleased to recognize these ground breaking companies and products that are helping to create a healthier place for everyone to live.

 

Best Green Toy and Children’s Products 2013

 

Company

Product Type

Age

CustSrv#

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1.

4M Industrial Devel.

Grow-A-Maze ES SC SR TY GN

8-12

253-863-0886

www.4m-ind.com

2.

4M Industrial Devel.

Salt Water Power Robot CO ES SC SR GN

8-12

253-863-0886

www.4m-ind.com

3.

ALEX

3D Fairyland ES PZ SR

3-6

800-666-2539

www.alextoys.com

4.

ALEX

Eco Craft AC CP SR

6-8

800-666-2539

www.alextoys.com

5.

ALEX

Eco Scrapbook AC CP SR

6-9

800-666-2539

www.alextoys.com

6.

BeginAgain

Scented Scoops FP OT SR TY GN

3-6

970-372-0522

www.beginagaintoys.com

7.

Blue Orange

Keekee the Rocking Monkey ES GE SR GN

3-6

415-252-0372

www.blueorangegames.com

8.

DuneCraft

Tropical Jungle LED Light Cube ES GN OT SC SR

4-12

800-306-4168

www.dunecraft.com

9.

Green Kid Crafts

Discovery Box AC CP ES SC SR

3-7

907-980-0256

www.greenkidcrafts.com

10.

Green Toys

Rocket OT SR TY UN GN

2-10

415-889-9971

www.greentoys.com

11.

Hohner Inc/Green Tones

Bear Drum ML MM TY

2-4

800-451-6891

www.gogreentones.com

12.

Hohner Inc/Green Tones

Race Car Whistle ML MM TS TY

2-5

800-451-6891

www.gogreentones.com

13.

Kiwi Crate

Caring for Earth Crate AC CP ES SR GN

3-7

888-574-6387

www.kiwicrate.com

14.

Little Yoga Mat, The

Little Yoga Mat AE SR GN

0-4

917-338-7299

www.thelittleyogamat.com

15.

Montessaurus

Montessaurus Sizing Blocks/Board ES BG GN PZ SR

3-6

862-571-7624

www.montessaurus.com

16.

OWI

14 in 1 Educational Solar Robot Kit CO CP EL SC GN

10-12

310-515-1900

www.owirobot.com

17.

Pacific Play Tents

My 1st Garage Play House AE CP OP SR TY

3-12

877-722-0083

www.pacificplaytents.com

18.

PlanToys

Gears & Puzzle Deluxe CO ES PZ SR GN

2-6

866-517-7526

www.plantoys.com

19.

Smart Toys & Games

Bunny Peek A Boo ES GE PZ SR TY

2-5

800-542-6375

www.smarttoysandgames.com

20.

Thames & Kosmos

Climate & Weather CO ES SC TY

10-12

800-587-2872

www.thamesandkosmos.com

21.

Thames & Kosmos

Solar Power PLUS CO ES SC TY

8-12

800-587-2872

www.thamesandkosmos.com

22.

Thames & Kosmos

Wind Power 2.0 CO ES SC TY

8-12

800-587-2872

www.thamesandkosmos.com

23.

Wild Republic

Audubon Birds Clasp Purse ES OT PL SC SR

3-12

800-800-9678

www.wildrepublic.com

24.

WowToyz

E-Z Crafts Paper Recycling Workshop CP ES GN SC SR

8-12

800-350-1007

www.wowtoyz.com

 Key:
AC = arts and crafts
AE = active
BG  = board game
CO = construction
CP = creative product
EL = electronic product
ES = educational skills
FP = fantasy play
GE = game
GN = green
ML = musical
MM = multimedia
OP = outdoor play
OT = other
PL = plush
PZ  = puzzle
SC = science
SR = socially responsible
TS = transportation
TY = toy
UN = unique

About Dr. Toy and Award Programs: Stevanne Auerbach, PhD/Dr. Toy, author of Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/Smart Toys, which provides tools to enhance the child’s “PQ” (Play Quotient) from baby to age 12 (is published in the USA and in many other countries), 15 books, and hundreds of articles on toys and play, is the only PhD in Child Development evaluating the best developmentally appropriate toys and children’s products for Dr. Toy’s Guide with links to many related useful sites and resources for parents, teachers, children, and toy enthusiasts.

Interviews regarding the recommended Best Green Products can be arranged through Walsh PR, 203-292-6280, greg@walshpr.com