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5 December 2016

#GONEGREEN2016 | DAY 244 | GREEN GIFT GUIDE | 9 ECO + ETHICAL GIFT IDEAS FOR TODDLERS

Day 244 / 365

Over the past few years, since the birth of my niece and nephew (pictured), I've gotten good at hunting down conscious children's gifts, especially for toddlers. It's amazing how many wonderful brands are out there doing good green things, happily coalescing aesthetics with eco and ethical production to create products more enticing and exciting than their mainstream counterparts. 

While this season isn't necessarily about more stuff, I think a healthy mix of useful, wearable, sustainable products and donations on your loved one's behalf gives you a happy combination of the new and old traditions.

I've created a few other green gift guides thus far including: Donations Gift Guide HERE | Men's Green Gift Guide HERE | Small Business Gift Guide HERE | Woman's Gift Guide HERE | Babies Gift Guide HERE |

- 9 Eco + Ethical Gifts For Toddlers -


Eco + Ethical How? This puzzle lets kids solve a problem while learning about the forest AND having fun. The jigsaw puzzle is perfect for building cognitive, emotional, and physical skills, and this one from Tree Hopper Toys is made in the USA from sustainably harvested birch plywood and non-toxic water based inks.
Where To Buy? Zady.com

HAPPY LITTLE FOLKS SHOP | Wooden Blocks | $29.99
Eco + Ethical How? These blocks are made of solid fir wood, which is sustainably sourced in Europe. They are untreated, except for the pattern. They use non-toxic, water based paint, toy safe certified and finish with a natural sealer made of organic beeswaxy and plant oils. 
Where To Buy? Etsy.com

ECO STARS | Recycled Wax Crayons | $9.95
Eco + Ethical How? This earth-friendly box set of 20 Eco Stars non-toxic crayons is made with 100% recycled and recyclable crayons and packaging material. These crazy crayons are also non-toxic because they go through an extensive sorting process to use ONLY crayons certified with the Federal Government (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission). 
Where To Buy? TheUltimateGreenStore.com

JULIA STAITE | Zebra Soft Toy | £12.50
Eco + Ethical How? A bright and fun handmade zebra soft toy from her Tribal Safari collection. This friendly zebra is digitally printed onto 100% cotton fabric and backed in super soft charcoal grey 100% cotton jersey. Stuffed with non-toxic polyester toy stuffing. 
Where To Buy? Notonthehighstreet.com

MINI RODINI | Sweatshirt | £42.00
Eco + Ethical How? Mini Rodini carries one of the most sustainable ranges of kids clothes on the market, including certified organic cotton pieces and recycled materials. But we also know that sustainability means much more than the materials we choose to work with. It’s about building a business that recognises both impact and responsibility: to the environment, employees and customers and the people who make our products.
Where To Buy? AlexandAlexa.com

ATTIC | Hand Knit Shark Mittens | £17.00
Eco + Ethical How? Handmade in Britain with organic yarns these shark mittens (there are mice and bunnies too) will keep your little one entertained and warm all winter. All their yarns are certified organic by OCIA and Oeko-Tex 100. Organic bamboo forests are managed under strict FSC certification.
Where To Buy? Notonthehighstreet.com 

KLEAN KANTEEN | Water Bottle | $18.50 +
Eco + Ethical How? I'm a super big fan of Klean Kanteen and love that they offer options for children which like all their products are reusable, safe, healthy, and toxin-free (BPA free). They promote natural-paced, relaxed feedings and proper digestion and development. The contoured, tapered shape is designed for small hands, and the wide mouth allows for easy cleaning, pouring, and filling.
Where To Buy? TheUltimateGreenStore.com 

CHILOTE SHOES | Baby Booties | $52.00
Eco + Ethical How? The materials for the slippers are sourced in Patagonia as well from sheep who provide one of nature's most useful materials, wool. The fibre is then spun and knit by hand to create a slipper which is both insulating and ventilating allowing it to adapt your little one's feet to an ideal temperature.  Each pair also features locally and ethically produced Salmon Leather which is made with upcycled and repurposed salmon skin discarded by the fishing industry to create a new product which is both durable and flexible. These two naturally sourced materials mean the entire slipper can be composted at the end of its lifecycle - unlike most slippers which are laden with non-biodegradable acrylic materials and rubber. 
Where To Buy? www.chiloteshoes.com

LOVE MAE | Bamboo Dinner Set | $44.95
Eco + Ethical How? This is a gorgeous brand for little ones which features beautiful hand-drawn creatures on biodegradable bamboo serving sets which are free from BPA and phthalates. 
Where To Buy? www.lovemae.com