My daughter has finally reached the age where she’s showing a real attachment to some of her toys, especially stuffed animals. This thrills me, because I’ve long had an affinity for stuffed toys. I love cuddling up on the couch with a soft furry friend to squeeze. Unfortunately, now that I’m in my thirties, I feel like I’m too old to indulge in that comforting ritual. But picking out the perfect stuffed friend for my daughter lets me live vicariously through her. Here are some of my favorite eco-friendly options:
Not only is this stuffed toy eco-friendly (it’s made from excess fabric and irregulars and stuffed with polyester mill scrap, all of which would have been garbage if hadn’t been repurposed), it’s fun. The bold bright colors and whimsical design make this an ideal toy, whether you’re young, or just young at heart.
This stuffed animal is absolutely green, both figuratively and literally. This soft plush toy is made from gentle natural cotton and gets is bright green color from non-toxic dyes. Willow is also one of the character in the book The Greenzys, which brings an age-appropriate message of sustainability. I read aloud to my daughter while she snuggles with Willow, her favorite character. She loves hearing about how Willow uses her trunk as a waterspout and uses it to collect rain to water her plants. This toy is a concrete example of how we are all a part of the earth and how it’s everyone’s responsibility to take care of our home, and it’s adorable to boot.
I have a real respect for animal sanctuaries. Right now I’m saving my money so I can take a trip to Costa Rica where I can hopefully visit the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary. A few years ago, I got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a private tour of a more local haven for animals, the Lemur Conservation Foundation. I fell in love with these special, inquisitive little creatures, and I’ve made it a point to tell my daughter all about them. As a result, she is especially fond of her stuffed lemur toy available at Runka. This soft, cuddly toy is eco-friendly through and through. It boasts a 100% soy fiber coat, and is stuffed with 100% kapok. Kapok is a sustainable rainforest crop that comes from the seedpod of the kapok tree, is made into a golden, silky fiber which is known for its hypoallergenic softness. The processes used to make this toy help protect the earth to make it safe for my daughter and all her fuzzy friends.
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