Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Recent Acquisitions


We picked up a few new eating implements for Huxley recently, as his robust appetite had been resulting in a shortage of clean bowls and plates at the ready. Green Toys recently launched a new line called Green Eats. Our local natural home supply store, Nest, had a 4-pack of their plates for sale, all made from 100% recycled BPA-free plastic.

Green Toys makes some seriously fantastic products, including the race car and dump truck pictured alongside the plates, Nugget-warming and 1-year birthday gifts respectively for Huxley from some loving friends. They're incredibly durable (perfect for an active toddler with tiny fists and biceps of steel-I tell ya, the little guy is STRONG!), come in a variety of eye-pleasing colors, and support a small business doing a good thing. I'm a fan, all around.

Also at Nest, we found a Bambu toddler plate and spork. Bambu makes a line of beautiful, contemporary products for the home from an imminently renewable resource, bamboo. We use a number of their other items around the house, and always keep a travel spork with us, should a to-go meal requiring utensils suddenly occur.

I'm always interested in learning about great, sustainable kid's companies. If you know of one that you're particularly smitten with, I'd love to hear about it!

10 comments:

Jenny Bartoy said...

We love Green Toys around here!! Great to know they've got a new line of products. xo

Jen Brown said...

Tegu! We love them!

Sarah said...

I love Green Toys! So cool that they've branched out to dinnerware! I'll have to keep my eye out for some for my daughter.

Melissa said...

Love Nest. I try to get there any time I'm in Asheville.

meet your maker said...

We love Green Toys, too! A local (to me!) toy store I do Graphic Design for just posted about them on their blog: http://www.amusetoysblog.com/blog/2012/4/14/earth-day-giveaway-green-toys.html

~Miranda

PQ said...

We love Green Toys! Our little guy is loving the fire truck he just got as a gift. We also enjoy Plan Toys.

naturally crafted mama said...

i love sprig toys
http://www.sprigtoys.com/index.html
the toys are made from mix of reclaimed wood and recycled plastic.... and are durable!

Girl In An Apron said...

Got to love Nest! Great post!

Rebecca said...

I loved your son's sandbox and thought I would mention this: "Young House Love" just blogged about replacing their sandbox's sand with pea gravel, due to a warning on play sand: "This product contains small amounts of crystalline silica, a common mineral found in natural sands and stones. Excessive inhalation of silica dust may cause cancer and lung disease. Avoid breathing dust." Just thought I would mention it in case you used typical play sand for Huxley's box. http://www.younghouselove.com/2012/04/the-sandbox-chronicles-part-3-the-remix/

ashley said...

Rebecca-We considered that in our construction of the sandbox. Given, though, that Huxley isn't in it every day, that when he is it's only for about 30-45 minutes tops, and that it's outdoors, we decided the advantage of having a sand-filled sandbox outweighed any risks. As a kid who spent much, much time at the beach growing up, and enjoying it immensely, I wanted Huxley to have his own mountain version of that experience. Everyone has to make the decision that feels best for them and their family, though.