December 11, 2009 07:00 AM

Rosie Hippo

With toy recalls filling the evening news, we went in search of cool eco-friendly toy shops that would appeal to parents with modern tastes. We’re happy to report Rosie Hippo — a cool toy e-shop — totally fits the bill. Created in 2008 by a mom and dad who were hardpressed to find safe (but fun!) playthings for their new baby, the store stocks unique, hard-to-find toys made in small villages and cooperatives all over the globe.

We love the hand-painted medieval figurines ($30 for two) from Germany, the pink felt carry-along dollhouse including mini bear dolls (now $34, originally $65) from Nepal and the traditionally designed clay Ocarina — like a whistle — ($8) from Peru. Each one will bring your child hours of (safe) delight.

Added bonus: Rosie Hippo gives back! Until December 31, the company will donate a toy to Room to Grow (an organization that works to enrich babies born into poverty through the first three years of their lives) for every order over $100.

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