I StumbleUpon-ed Inca Kids the other day and loved their products, particularly those geared towards children. The company is fair trade, and they get their products from Peruvian craftspeople. This got me thinking about fair trade toys. With all the justified hoopla around toxins from Made-In-China plastic toys on shelves in the U.S., fair trade toys seem like a safe, sustainable alternative that facilitate imagination in children. Jennifer wrote about this cute fair trade hippo earlier this fall Here’s a brief rundown of few companies that feature fair trade toys for children:
* Inca Kids has adorable puppets, dolls, musical instruments, and books made in Peru. My favorite are the bunny gloves/puppets–they’re too cute!
* Tarluna has a plethora of toys. Their animal puzzle is adorable, and they have several educational board games, including Xeko, an eco-themed game with several versions, each taking place in a different region.
* Global Exchange has an entire section devoted to dolls, games, and toys with a global perspective. The Jamtown Musical Instrument Pak, which includes percussion instruments from around the world, sure beats buying your kid an annoying plastic recorder. I’d love the fair trade domino set to play on my front porch.
Parents–Where have you found fair trade toys? Any favorites you’d like to pass along?
[This post was written by Kelli Best-Oliver]
Photo Credit: Inca Kids