Green toys for the holidays

Consumer Reports News: November 23, 2011 07:08 AM

If you have little ones on your holiday list, the editors of ShopSmart and GreenerChoices.org have found some great green toys on several websites that support nonprofit charities and causes. So you can get a green gift that does good, too. (And see our toys buying guide for more shopping tips.)

FairTradeSports.com
Forget pigskin. These footballs, soccer balls, rugby balls, and basketballs are vegan and made using fair-trade practices. And 100% of after-tax profits on all items are donated to children's charities. A vegan football costs $24. An Eco Soccer Ball costs $45.
Order by: Dec. 18
Gift wrap: $4.99
Shipping: Starts at $4.99
Returns: Anytime

MirasaDesign.com
The colorful, adorable handmade toys, pillows, and clothing from this site are inspired by the owner's Indian culture. They encourage creative play. Purchases of these fair-trade items are used to help educate girls in India. My Monkey clothing and toy set costs $42. My Lion: Animal Fun Toy—$28.
Order by: Dec. 4
Gift wrap: All items come in colorful totes
Shipping: Free
Returns: 14 days from purchase

OrganicBabyGiftsBoutique.com
Head here for unusual baby-related items, like shopping cart covers made from organic cotton, nail polish that mom can rock during pregnancy, and adorable frog, duck and monkey washcloth puppets that cost $10 each. A Soft Block Set costs $30.
Order by: Dec. 16
Gift wrap: Free
Shipping: Starts at $6.95
Returns: 15 days from receipt


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