San Francisco, CA
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Dr Toy's Best Green Play Information-3 Introducing! Dr. Toy's Best Green Toys and Resources 2011 © Eco- Friendly Toys and Resources- Part Three
Each year we more fully understand how the planet we live on continues to be in trouble as we learn more about the issues every day. What can we do? How can we change? We are learning how to do more to respond every day. How can we change and improve work, home and school? What else can we do? Dr. Toy's Ten Tips for Going GREEN©
You can make small changes each day to reduce your carbon footprint, encourage your family and co-workers by trying any of these tips, and most of all learn why changes are beneficial now and for our future. Celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) each and every day in your own way. What can you and your family do to follow these tips?
1. Consider green toy and play products – see suggestions of Dr. Toy's Best Green Toys www.drtoy.com
2. Use reusable canvas or cloth bag instead of paper, and please no plastic.
3. Use less and recycle paper and other products to reduce waste.
4. Buy a safe water bottle and refill it every day.
5. Walk (or bike) each day as you can to reduce use of transportation.
6. Eat healthy, and add more vegetables and fruits to your diet.
7. Detoxify home and office, use eco-safe products, and increase green plants.
8. Lower utilities by turning off computer, and using cold water for laundry.
9. Adopt sustainability initiatives in community, schools and office (perma-culture gardens, grow vegetables instead of grass, support local farmers).
10. Use eco-friendly businesses--dry cleaning, food stores, and many other services.
Find more Green Information and Resources:
• Dr Toy's Best Green Company & Best Green Toys Awards (since 2007) www.drtoy.com
• Bioneers www.bioneers.org
• Eco- friendly product guide www.Erinsecolist.com
• Good Guide www.goodguide.com
• Green Consumers Guide www.greenconsumersguide.com
• Green Guide for Health Care www.gghc.org
• Green Guide for Kids www.Greenguideforkids.com
• Green Guide Network www.greenguidenetwork.com
• Green Pages www.GreenPages.org
• Mother Nature Network http://www.mnn.com
• National Geographic Green Guide www.nationalgeographic.com
• See below for More Green Resources continue to scroll down.
We must continue to inspire our children to appreciate the environment and help them to take better care of our natural resources. Learn more by looking at all of the four parts of this Introduction and check out websites and other resources. Dr Toy Suggests More GREEN awareness by:
• Showing children examples of what adults do to conserve energy.
• We can show children how we take better care of our homes and offices.
• We can illustrate by example how we reduce our carbon footprint every day and in a variety of ways.
• We also can look more closely at what we do every day—(use paper or cloth bags instead of plastic, conserve energy, recycle, take time each day to spend in nature out of doors walking, growing vegetables, and in other ways appreciating the fragile balance of nature).
• We also can consider what we provide for children to play with. We can more closely examine the products used for play. We can find out about the ingredients and the process used to make them. We have identified some excellent examples of playthings that are made safely, are healthy to use, and have plenty of special play and GREEN value. See www.drtoy.com GREEN FESTIVAL INCLUDES DR. TOY'S BEST GREEN TOY AWARD WINNERS
www.GreenFestivals.org produced by Green America www.greenamerica.org holding events in SF (April and November) and in Chicago, Seattle, New York City, and Los Angeles. At the April 9th & 10th show in San Francisco Dr Toy's Best Green Toy Award Winners were popular exhibitors in The Green Kids Area: www.applepark.com, www. BlueOrangeGames.com and www.globiton.com.
GO GREEN STAMPS NOW AVAILABLE
Ed Noyes of San Francisco has designed playful Forever Earth Day Every Day Stamps for the US Post Office just in time for Earth Day April 22, 2011! These stamps will help remind all of us about the importance of being more Green. Go Green and find the stamps, use them and more importantly be more Green! Reduce your environmental footprint –Step by step! These are his suggested important steps on his stamps that everyone can practice!
• Adjust the thermostat
• Buy local produce
• Choose to walk
• Fix water leaks
• Insulate the home
• Use public transportation
• Let nature do the work
• Maintain tire pressure
• Plant trees
• Recycle more
• Reuse Bags
• Ride a bike
• Share rides
• Turn off lights not in use
• Use efficient light bulbs ECO-FRIENDLY COMPANIES JOIN TOGETHER FOR SPECIAL CONTEST TO REWARD CHILDREN & FAMILIES FOR TAKING GREEN ACTION
In celebration of Earth Day eight award-winning manufacturers of eco-friendly children's products have announced a first-of-its-kind-collaboration to galvanize green action on Earth Day.
Green-Our-Earth-2011 Contest For the month of April, green deeds will be celebrated on collaborative www.Green-Our-Earth-2011.com website and social media channels with a special contest. Participants will receive discount codes to all eight participating company websites and be entered into a raffle to win hundreds of dollars worth of earth-friendly prizes. Winners will be announced on May 1st. Parents, children and families are invited to send photo and/or written description of what they are doing to "Green our Earth." Any activity such as recycling a can or cardboard box, using organic paper, carpooling, planting a tree, using a re-usable container, riding a bike, spreading the word, building a solar-powered project, or writing local government to promote the creation of a park. You are invited to share your news!
Malini Goel, founder of Global Green Pals (Dr Toy's Best Green Toy's Award Winner 2009) decided to reach out and include other green companies in a special cooperative promotion.
ImagiPlay—A Dr. Toy Best Toy award winner designs and produces high quality toys that connect with nature, have eco-friendly sources, hold educational value, and inspire children's imaginations. www.imagiplay.com
Global Green Pals™—line of eco-friendly educational dolls including "Clean Air Kate" and "Recycle Kyle" that come with "green tips" for kids. Dolls are stuffed with 100% post-consumer plastic PET bottle stuffing, made with organic cotton. www.globalgreenpals.com
Eco-kids®—a family business that produces handmade art supplies using non-toxic, all-natural ingredients including eco-dough, eco-paint and more. Their motto: creative play the natural way! www.ecokidsusa.com
Mimi the Sardine—makes earth- and family-friendly, playful eating accessories for children, along with beautiful eco-coated tablecloths. Fabrics spill-resistant, machine-washable, made with organic cotton. www.mimithesardine.com
Kids Konserve—greening the way lunches and snacks are packed. Using waste-free lunch kits and eco-cool reusable lunch/snack products, Kids Conserve teaches kids to re-use. www.kidskonserve.com
Uncle Goose—the maker of fabulous blocks handcrafted in USA using renewable forest wood and non-toxic colors, Uncle Goose's famous alphabet and number blocks. www.unclegoosetoys.com
LunchBots—stainless steel lunch, snack, and bento containers completely plastic-free reduce waste through the use of the highest quality 18/8 stainless steel. www.lunchbots.com
Jamtown —hand-crafted, indigenous musical instruments that bring the joyful experience of hands-on music and art to children, families, and music lovers. www.jamtown.com More GREEN Resources Roster
• The Earthworks Group, The New 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save the Earth, www.50simplekids.com (more details among our winning selections)
• Joanna Yarrow, 1001 Ways to Save the Earth, www.chroniclebooks.com
• Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin, True Green Kids-100 things you can do to save the planet, National Geographic www.betruegreen.com
• Let us know about other books and we will add them to the Green Resources Roster. Consider Dr. Toy's Suggested Green Action as a Possibility!
• Start a GREEN Toy Library where you live. http://www.usatla.org/Welcome.html
• Work with schools to help make them more GREEN. www.ase.org/section/program/greenschl
• Change to more efficient light bulbs at home and at work.
• Walk or bike instead of driving whenever possible.
• Consider learning more! Some excellent examples of green resources include:
Dr Toy-author of Smart Play Smart Toys How to Raise a Child with a High P.Q. Play Quotient" says, "GO GREEN 2011! Happy Earth Day wherever you live! Please Take Care for Our Fragile Planet! It's the only one we have! Thank you! Let's Play!"
Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. /Dr.Toy
San Francisco, CA