In my ideal world, I buy everything in breezy outdoor markets and quaint mom-and-pop shops. But the truth is that most of my shopping is actually done on Amazon while sitting in my unmade bed. And while this reality of shopping is unromantic, the selection is pretty incomparable, including fair trade and sustainable toys. So until I move to my fantasy French countryside village, I’m making the most of my Amazon subscription. Below are a few of my favorite brands.
// UNDER THE NILE // For the softest organic onesies and toys.
“Under the Nile makes timeless and pure organic Egyptian cotton collections for baby and toddler. Our toys are unique, imaginative and organic inside and out. We are committed to providing the highest quality organic cotton baby products in a sustainable and socially responsible manner.”
// Finn + Emma // For fun and quirky clothes and wooden toys.
“Only the finest 100% organic cotton, eco friendly dyes, and all natural wood will do for your little munchkin, and we’ve got plenty. And on top of that, our garments and accessories are produced in fair trade settings that focus on social and economic independence for local people, women especially, working to provide for their families in a safe and fair environment.
// GREEN TOYS // For the best trucks made of 100% recycled materials.
“At its core, Green Toys Inc. has always been an eco-friendly toy company. In fact, we say that to us, ‘every day is Earth Day.’ Our commitment to sustainability and playfulness is part of our DNA. From our 100% recycled materials to our US-based manufacturing, we’re raising awareness about sustainability while delivering unquestionably safe products.”
// UNCLE GOOSE // For classic wooden building blocks.
“Uncle Goose makes wooden blocks. We handcraft every set in Grand Rapids, Michigan, using choice materials from around the Great Lakes. And yes, we are 100% made in the USA. While we’re a playful lot, we’re also socially and environmentally considerate. We source our products using fast-growing sustainable basswood. And Uncle Goose uses non-toxic, child-safe inks on all our blocks.”
// TEGU // For magnetic blocks & tiles that inspire imaginative play.
“By paying our employees a living wage and prioritizing long-term career growth and development rather than simple task-based jobs, Tegu is bringing world-class employment standards to Central America. When harvested responsibly, wood is the most sustainable material available. That’s why we work with local Honduran cooperatives who individually hand pick each mature tree for use.”