Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Green Toys Review and Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed, thank you to everyone who entered and congratualations to...Becky, comment 105 , who said, "I love my daughter's little tea set she has from this company (she loves it too)."
With the holiday's quickly approaching I know that many of you are already on the search for gift ideas for your children. Today I am thrilled to share with you a company that we love. Green Toys was a company I first heard about and researched back before my daughter's second birthday. We gave her a play kitchen that year, and my parents wanted to make sure she also had a great set of pots and pans and dishes to serve her first pretend meals on.
What drew me to Green Toys was that their toys are made out of recycled milk jugs. I thought that was fabulous, because I always wondered what happened to them after we put them out by the curb with the rest of our recycleables. The second important selling point was that they are made in the USA, and supporting American companies is very important to us. Plus they are so darn cute! I liked the clean lines and soft colors right away. Finding out that their design meant I wouldn't have to worry about lead paint and that they have no traceable amounts of Phthalates or BPA made me pick them as the choice for our daughter. My parents gave ER the Cookware and Dining Set for her birthday, at my suggestion. It comes with everything your chef needs to start cooking up a storm and serve four hungry guests. ER plays with them almost every day. They were mainstays in the top of the stairway picnics she likes to throw and the feasts she regularly sets up on her table. The only issue we've noticed is that the utensils can bend a little bit with extremely rough playing, we have a three year old who can be quite tough on her things. None have broken, but we do take them away when we see her bending them practically in half.
We also got the indoor gardening set from Grandma Norma last spring. ER's grandma knows I have a bit of a black thumb and am pretty clueless when it coming to keeping plants alive. This kit was so handy and the perfect way to teach kids about growing. The only thing you need is water to grow basil, zinnias, and teddy bear sunflowers. We got a great crop of basil and ER loved having her own plants to care for. She proudly showed off her little sprouts as they came up last summer. I wish that refill kits were available, for convience but we'll reuse them anyway. Sized just right for a window sill, we plan to try growing some herbs in the little pots this winter too.
Even though ER is only three years old, we've already begun talking to her about being environmentally conscious, being green, and recycling. I've told her that her dishes are made out of milk jugs, like the one I pour her morning drink out of every day. She's amazed by that, and it's was a good way to begin teaching her about recycling. The last time I put an empty jug into our recycling box, she asked me with wide eyes if it was going to go off now and grow up into a plate for another kid to play with. "It just might," I told her with a smile.
Giveaway!
Get a head start on your holiday shopping with Green Toys' Dish Set. Shown above, the 24 piece set includes for each of the following: cups, plates, bowls, and three piece utensil sets. Everything you need to serve a family of four and do something great for the planet.

Enter:
Tell me your favorite toy by Green Toys, in a comment on this post.

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  • Tell me what your family does that is green.

Leave a seperate comment for each additional entry. Giveaway open now through November 18th Midnight EST. Open to US residents only.


Disclaimer: Thank you to Green Toys for providing the giveaway product. The cookware and dining set and indoor gardening kit were both purchased for our daughter by her grandparents. This post relates our opinions and experiences with the products, yours may differ.

140 Friends Said:

Mayhem and Moxie said...

Such an incredible giveaway. I heart this product line and have been eying their products as a Christmas gift for my daughter.

What absolute fun!

Please enter me. My favorite toy is the cookware and dining set.

Fingers crossed that I win!! :)

The Harris Family said...

I also love the cookware and dinning set. My little girls would love these!!!

The Harris Family said...

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Annette said...

Their cookware set is so much nicer than the one that we have, but I really like the dump truck!

Annette said...

I follow you!

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I have your button up, too!

Annette said...

We turn off water when brushing teeth, try to buy food with less packaging, and recycle.

Tj and Amy said...

I love the tea set. the jump rope looks fun too. amypugmire@live.com

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brandon and jakell said...

i love the tea set and green truck

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we reuse paper and conserve water
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The Activity Mom said...

I really like chef set and the tool set.

The Activity Mom said...

I follow your blog!

The Activity Mom said...

We try to reuse a lot of items for crafts and activities. I just got on a HUGE recycling kick and we save water by not watering our lawn too often (it is usually brown). haha

Gizala said...

I have a little martha stewart-she would love the dish set.

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Gizala said...

I subscribe!

Vanessa said...

My little boy would LOVE the recycling truck! He is 25 months, and already is in charge of taking out the recycling. I just open the garage door, and he takes it the rest of the way and is very proud of himself for helping me and the environment!

Vanessa said...

I subscribe!

Vanessa said...

We recycle, grow our own veggies in the summer and water them with the bathwater, make our own compost, and I ride the train to work.

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I like the tea set
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Vindiciti said...

My daughter would LOVE to grow things in the garden set! She is in awe of all things growing.

Vindiciti said...

I follow you!

Vindiciti said...

We try to be green by recycling as much as possible, but that isn't much on a rural army base. Our biggest "green" thing is using thrift stores like crazy. We don't buy new unless we HAVE to or can't buy thrifted! I also have started dabbling in refashioning and repurposing.

Sharon said...

I like the cookware/dining set as well! Or the dump truck! :)

Sharon said...

Long time follower!

Sharon said...

We are trying to be more green. Finally got back into the habit of recycling!

Jennette said...

Well I love the recycling truck!
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Jennette said...

We just recently got new recycle bins to use!
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Joannof10 said...

my favorite item is the tool set--

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Joannof10 said...

we recycle and I also rycycle clothes into new clothes for my littles

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Luv to Save said...

My favorite is the Tea set.
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We recycle and we shop with reusable shopping bags.
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Wienas said...

I love the recycling truck!

Wienas said...

I'm a recycle truck driver, so naturally, we recycle everything we can. We also reuse as many items as possible (especially water bottles!).
Organic food is a new love that we've discovered at my house.

Wienas said...

I also follow your blog.

Andrea (ace1028) said...

I totally want that indoor gardening kit! I have to find out where to get it. :) I also love the jump rope. My daughter tries to use shoelaces to jump!

Andrea (ace1028) said...

We're big on recycling. I teach my daughter about clipping coupons and how the "scraps" go into the recycling bin, or we use them for crafts, like stuffing bag-like pumpkins made from other reusable/recyclable products!

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And putting your button on the rt-hand sidebar (towards the bottom) of my blog!

A Gracious Home said...

I love the dish set. I would love to get one for my granddaughter. All the green toys are nice and a good way not to have to worry about the gift you give a little loved one. Doylene

cdziuba said...

Love the Dump Truck! cdizuba@aol.com

cdziuba said...

My family completely stopped buying bottled water, and got a water filter!

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Emily said...

I'd be so thrilled to win these for my daughter! She's been good with a porcelain set, but her baby brother has spoiled her fun and I had to put them away.

Emily said...

A second comment for green living- my latest big change has been to shift any possible grocery buying to local farmers. It's been tasty and healthy, too!

Melissa Gonzales said...

The cooking set is my favorite, I have had it on my little girl's amazon wishlist to remember it for the holidays. I also love their trucks!
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cstironkat said...

I like the Tea Set. It would make a perfect gift for Alison.

cstironkat said...

My family volunteers in our county parks. We are planting trees and restoring the wetlands this weekend. A couple of weekends ago we planted understory in another county park.
We also reuse and recycle when we can.

Brianna said...

I love the cooking set and I know my daughter would as well.

Anonymous said...

My fav is the cooking set. I've tried winning it before with no luck...so hopefully this time I'll win. Thanks for the chance!!
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Chrissy said...

We have one of the jump ropes and love the quality of it! I'm sure the dishes would be well loved in our house. :) Thanks for the chance to enter! chicaschmica@gmail.com

alwayshopeful said...

nice!The girls would love me to win this for them. i really like the tea set also for the girls!Thank you
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alwayshopeful said...

The boys enjoy collecting cans and turning them in,we collect rain water and use for various things,i reuse a lot of contaniers for use in the garden..bleach jugs,laundry detergent jugs etc..make good bird feeders also!
newspapers are also good to lay in the garden and till in the dirt,this works real good...It is super to teach the kids .they think it is great discovering new ways to use things instead of putting in garbage.Our youngest grandson thinks he is suppose to pick up everything people throw out of their vehicles on the dirt road!we call him thescavenger! lol..he thinks EVERYTHING can serve a purpose...(so proud of him ;)

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LittleEagle said...

I really like the sand play set. sharonaquilino(at)hotmail(dot)com

Dewey Dot said...

we really like the Chef's Set! it would go nicely with the Dish Set.

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Dewey Dot said...

our family recycles as best we can. we try to repurpose items when we can - like cereal boxes into crafts and learning materials. we recycle our newspapers at our local library where they have a Paper Retriever, so they can earn a bit of money for new books from our recycling.

jillykat07 said...

I LOVE the chef set! AWESOME!

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We are green because we recycle!!!!!

Michelle said...

They are all so cute, but the tea set is my favorite!

Michelle said...

I follow your blog :0)

Michelle said...

We are a green family because we recycle everything we can!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Awesome! We would love to win! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway. I follow your blog... doesn't everyone??? They should!

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Mama Ruck said...

I just got the recycling truck for my son in the mail! Next on the wish list are the gardening tools. My friend has them and they are so sturdy! Thanks for the giveaway and for highlighting such a great company.

Deb K said...

I also like the Chef Set and I am sure my grandchildren would too!

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Jo Shabo said...

Love the tea set! It would be fun for my two little girls to play tea party!
The cooking set looks amazing as well! Thank you!

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Jo Shabo said...

We follow your blog and love it! Thanks for all the great ideas!

Jo Shabo said...

We are a green family because we recycle... especially paper, clear glass, and aluminum.
My daughter (2yrs) really loves to help out.
I also believe I am a "green" mommy because I exclusively breastfeed my babies at least until they are 1 year old!! No bottles for my babies :)

Priya said...

I Love the Tea set ...Its adorable...Priya Ramki

Beth- the mama bee said...

I love the little tea set too. We should have a 'healthier' tea set too since my kids are always using them for real drinking cups when I'm not looking.

Erica said...

my girls would love the tea set.

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Erica said...

i am a follower

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paulah said...

I like the Dump Truck.

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paulah said...

I'm a follower.

paulah said...

We use cloth napkins, rags instead of paper towels and buy used whenever possible.

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

The little tea set is my favorite toy. Way cute.

Clemencia said...

I have to say, I love the cookware and dining set, my 4 y. old daughter says she wants to be a chef, so it would come perfect for her this Christmas, thanks for the giveaway :) Love your blog

Clemencia said...

I am a follower of your awesome blog also :)

Clemencia said...

We do a few things that are green, like recycling everything in our house, boxes are converted into puppet shows, bottles are science experiments, etc. :)

Meg said...

I love the tea set.
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MKB said...

I like the green truck!

Michelle said...

I love Green Toys, but especially like the Recycling Truck.

Great giveaway!

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Becky said...

I love my daughter's little tea set she has from this company (she loves it too).

Becky said...

I just found your blog, and I'm now following you. :)

Becky said...

One green thing we do is reusing things that otherwise would get thrown away.

Anissa said...

I like the dump truck

Anissa said...

We use reusable bags when shopping.

Liz @ Frugally Blonde said...

I love the tea set!

Liz @ Frugally Blonde said...

We planted a garden this year and are working on making our own compost.

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graphic i said...

you have AMAZING giveaways!!

in addition to the dishes, the tea set is too cute...and i also love the indoor gardening set [so would my kiddos]!!

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our family recycles and maintains a fairly large vegetable garden each summer :)

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Amy said...

All their toys are adorable. But, my brood would love the Recycling Truck the most. They are always going around picking up random things and putting them in a bucket. When asked what they are doing, they say "Recycling!" Laugh.

Amy said...

All their toys are adorable. But, my brood would love the Recycling Truck the most. They are always going around picking up random things and putting them in a bucket. When asked what they are doing, they say "Recycling!" Laugh.

TheMomma said...

The tool set!!! I love how it actually has the names written on them, so it doubles as a literacy aid! cool!

Brooke said...

I would say the cookware & dining set but that's the giveaway.. So, next favorite is the indoor gardening kit.. Wee Man would love planting some seeds and watching them grow...

Brooke said...

Wee Man takes his lunch to school in reusable sandwich and snack bags... we don't use paper towels anymore either...

Lori said...

Aside form the dishes, I like the Tea Set.
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Lori said...

We do many green things, but the one that can be the most painful at times is walking to school, the grocery store and the movie rental kiosk!
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Rob and Sierra said...

I love the tea set and the gardening set. So cute!
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Rob and Sierra said...

We are big recyclers and love to buy local whenever possible at our Farmers Market.
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Jaime said...

I love the tea set
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we use our own shopping bags for one
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Bombtastic Belle said...

i also like the tool set
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Patricia Carlson said...

Hello,
I love the recycling truck... I'd love to give it as a gift!
Cheers,
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Aedmonds said...

Love the tea set! Such great toys.

Laura said...

Hi, I posted your button on my blog. See it @ www.momovertheedge2009.blogspot.com!

I love the cookware and dining set! We have a 2 and 3 year old.

Laura said...

I'm now a follower!

Laura said...

I posted about this giveaway on my blog, LOVE these toys! My favorite is the cookware and dining set!

See the post @ http://momovertheedge2009.blogspot.com/2009/11/green-toys.html

Thanks so much!

degood said...

This is such a fun giveaway. I know my daughter would love a tea set! My favorite product is the Recycling Truck from Green Toys. My son has this and loves it. He plays with it all the time, especially on Tuesdays which is trash and recycling day at our house.

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degood said...

We recycle all cans, glass and paper that we can at our house and we use stainless steel refillable water bottles now to cut down on the waste of buying bottled water in disposable plastic bottles.

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Tracey said...

The teaset is my favorite.
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The Sunshine Crew said...

My sons both love the dump truck!
The chef set looks like fun, too. Those are our family's top picks. What a neat giveaway:)

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