Dr. Toy Announces 2014 Best Green Toy Awards and Green Toy Company of the Year
Selected by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (Dr. Toy) and Jennie Ito, Ph.D.

Dr. Toy Best_Green_2014San Francisco, CA – (May 20, 2014) – For the eighth year, Stevanne Auerbach, PhD/Dr. Toy, recognizes the Best Green Toy and Children’s Products and the Best Green Toy Company. This year, with Jennie Ito, PhD., Dr Toy’s Best Green Awards 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, Hugg a Planet, Maple Landmark, Hape Toys, Plan Toys, and Thames & Kosmos. Winner of 2014 award is proudly 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 2014: OWI, Inc.

Dr. Toy is pleased to bestow the highly coveted eighth Best Green Toy Company Award to OWI, Inc.

Since 1978, OWI has made a conscious effort to be a good steward of our precious planet. OWI finds new ways to protect natural resources by being environmentally, socially, and economically responsible. The company made the choice to recycle paper products in office correspondence and packaged products; changed existing lighting system to be more energy efficient; and changed motorized warehouse vehicles from gas to propane. More than 75% of the products sold are eco-friendly and require no batteries: solar powered kits, wind powered kits, and salt water fuel cell kits. The company feels strongly that it can improve the quality of our lives by improving the quality of our planet for future generations. More details on www.drtoy.com and www.owi.com

About Best Green Toy Products: Dr. Toy and Dr. Ito recognize 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 and Dr. Ito have along with many recommendations have identified diversified products that help children learn more about their world. They have 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 again pleased to recognize ground breaking companies and products that are helping to create a healthier place for everyone to live.

About Dr. Toy and Award Programs: Dr. Toy, Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, is the author of Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/Smart Toys, published in the USA and 12 other countries, provides tools to enhance a child’s “PQ” (Play Quotient) from baby to age 12. She has written 15 other books and hundreds of articles on toys and play. Dr. Auerbach, founder of the popular web site, Dr. Toy’s Guide, has welcomed Jennie Ito, PhD, to her team. They comprise the only PhD duo in Child Development evaluating the best developmentally appropriate toys and children’s products. Through the Dr. Toy Award Programs they recognize the best toys and play things in many categories including, Best of the Year, Best Picks, Best Classics, Best Vacation, and Best Green. The website has links to the product makers and retailers and other useful sites for parents, teachers, children, and toy enthusiasts. Dr. Toy’s Guide, www.drtoy.com, provides all pertinent information and includes photos, complete product descriptions, links to company sites, and consumer information. Interact with Dr. Toy on social media through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

 DR. TOY’S BEST GREEN PRODUCTS FOR 2014

Selected by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (Dr. Toy)

Company Product Type Price Age CustSrv# website
4M Industrial Dev Dynamo Circuit Board ES SC SR GN $24.00 8-12 800-356-0474 www.4m-ind.com
4M Industrial Dev Tin Can Calculator ES SC SR GN $14.00 8-12 800-356-0474 www.4m-ind.com
ALEX Princess Matching Game GE CG SR GN $13.95 3-5 800-666-2539 www.alextoys.com
ALEX Sound & Play Busy Table SR GN TY WT $86.95 18mo-3 800-666-2539 www.alextoys.com
ALEX String My ABC’s ES SR GN $21.95 3-5 800-666-2539 www.alextoys.com
BeginAgain Balance Boat-Endangered Animals SC SR GN DV $35.00 3-12 970-372-0522 www.beginagaintoys.com
DT Learning Bloom ES SR GN WT $12.50 12-18mo 925-455-0100 www.discoverytoys.net
DT Learning Playful Patterns Heirloom Ed. CP MA GN WT $38.00 4-10 925-455-0100 www.discoverytoys.net
DuneCraft Sea-Quarium CP ES SC GN CO $29.99 3-12 800-306-4168 www.dunecraft.com
fischertechnik fischertechnik Oeco Energy ES SC GN CO $150.00 9-12 888-561-7521 www.fischertechnik.com
Fundamentals Toys DIY Glycerine Soap Kit CP AC SC GN $14.95 6-12 877-617-1563 www.kissnaturals.com
Fundamentals Toys DIY Hair Chalk Kit AC CR SC GN $24.95 6-12 877-617-1563 www.kissnaturals.com
Green Kids Club Green Spring Book & Maya Doll ES BO GN PL $22.86 3-6 208-881-5184 www.green-kids-club.com
Green Kids Club Green Spring Cartoon ES GN MM CE $6.96 3-10 208-881-5184 www.green-kids-club.com
Green Kids Club Jade Elephant Book ES BO SR GN $5.50 4-9 208-881-5184 www.green-kids-club.com
Green Toys Green Toys Train AE OP GN SR $29.99 2-8 415-839-9971 www.greentoys.com
Little Yoga Mat Little Yoga Mat AP OP GN TR $30.00 0mo-3yr 917-338-7299 www.thelittleyogamat.com
OWI Super Solar Recycler SC GN SR CO TY $19.95 8-12 310-515-6800 www.owirobot.com
Royal Council Triana Becomes Real Tooth Fairy ES BO SR GN $19.99 5-10 910-509-0565 www.therealtoothfairies.com
Upside Down Games Magic Path of Yoga BG AP TR GN $50.00 6-12 888-746-1453 www.upsidedowngames.us
Zeenie Dollz Zennia Mother Earth Doll ES SR GN DO $49.99 4-12 714-898-3019 www.zeeniedollz.com

KEY:

AC = arts and crafts
AE = active
AP = activity product
AS = accessories decorations furniture
BA = bath toy
BG = board game
BO = book
CE = children’s entertainment
CG = card game
CO = construction
CP = creative product
CR = computer related
DO = doll
DV = DVD
ES = educational skill
GE = game
GN = green
HO = hobby
MA = math
MM = multi-media
OP = outdoor play
OT = other
PL = plush
SC = science
SR = socially responsible
TR = travel