5 of the Best Fair Trade Toys and Why It’s Important To Buy Them

More than ever I’m trying my best to be mindful in the purchases I make. It is my hope to support local farmers, small businesses (especially mama makers!), companies that have fair business practices.

Why does this matter?

Well, because people’s lives and livelihoods are at stake. I don’t support child labor. I want moms to thrive through their work at home businesses. I like seeing my local economy flourish and sustain itself. Like the official organic certification, fair trade is becoming a more common certification for specific products as well. Some companies have worked through the specific details and others have made commitments to a more general “ethical practices”. Whatever route they go, I’m proud to support companies that are being both transparent and mindful in their business practices. They deserve ¬†a high five and more importantly, our shopping dollars!

If you’re on the lookout for fair trade and ethically made toys for your child’s collection, you’ll be happy to know these 5 companies are making a difference in the toy industry by seeking quality and environmentally sourcing and livable wages for their staff.

ETHICALLY MADE FAIR TRADE TOYS FOR KIDS

Green Toys School Bus — The entire Green Toy line rocks! From bath toys to transportation inspired things, these toys are all made from recycled milk jugs.

Cuddle + Kind Dolls — These guys and gals are my new obsession! So soft, so darling, and every purchase provides 10 meals to a child in need.

Oskar & Katie Noah’s Art — Don’t handcrafted wood toys provide such a gorgeous aesthetic? This Noah’s Ark set is sure to become a family heirloom, as are many of the other toys by Oskar & Katie.

Plan Toys Fruit and Veggie Set — Plan Toys may have been my first introduction to ethically made toys. And, after 6 years with our own food set, I can personally attest to the quality of every piece. Definitely worth the investment!

Tegu Blocks — Non-toxic with a water-based lacquer finish, Tegu Magnetic Blocks are mega popular with little ones who adore building. Best of all, you can start with a small set and add to it as your child’s interest and ability grows.

What fair trade and¬†ethically sourced toys are your family’s favorite?

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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