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6 Unique Toys That Are Great For The Environment And Your Kids

By Maria Cook

From fashion dolls to action figures to stuffed animals, plastic and synthetic dyes rule in the world of traditional toys. But there are plenty of eco-friendly alternatives! Toys made from sustainably-farmed wood and other natural materials, as well as those made from recycled materials, have become increasingly popular in recent years. And many of them are affordable for any budget. Many of them, too, are a great fit for kids no matter their gender identity, and are well-suited for playing both inside and outside. 

Here are six inexpensive, eco-friendly toys for kids that make for a lot of fun, without harming the environment.

1. Fair Trade Plush Toys From Taraluna

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Stuffed animals are classic toys for kids. Great for cuddling, they provide children both young and old with comfort. But many traditional plush is created with plastic-based synthetic fur and stuffing, and are often dyed with harsh chemicals. For a better option, try stuffed toys from Taraluna's Ecoleeko line. 

According to the company, all toys in this line are created using organic, natural materials. There is no plastic present in these toys, and they are entirely biodegradable. You can feel extra good about purchasing these critters, as they are reasonably-priced (the goat pictured here is just $35 on Amazon) and Taraluna is a fair trade company, based in the USA. 

2. Water-Safe Toy Sailboats from Magic Cabin

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These days, with the plethora of electronic entertainments available to kids, it can be hard to convince them to play outdoors. But what if there was a toy that could offer kids an experience not available in video games or online? Such as the chance to sail there own boat? Toy sailboats from Magic Cabin can do just that. 

Made from all-natural wood, vegetable dyes and cotton, these boats really float on water! They are collapsible for easy storage and transport (so getting them to the water's edge won't be a problem) and there's even a mast with working rigging. The attached towline makes sure that kids will never lose their boats. For just $29.98, these eco-friendly toys can offer many fun days in the great outdoors. 

3. Toy Cars and Trains from Plan Toys

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Toy cars are a staple item in many kid's toy collections. But not all toy cars are made from eco-unfriendly plastics and unethically-sourced rubber, with feet and feet of plastic tracks. Some are made from wood! And they look very stylish. All toy cars from Plan Toys are made from sustainably farmed trees, colored with toxin-free paints and are 100% biodegradable. Plan Toys also uses recycled materials in their packaging.