Eco-Friendly Toys Under $45!

You don't have to break the (piggy) bank to find eco-friendly versions of classic toys. We found 12 affordable updates of our favorites! By Danielle Friedland

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SHAPE SORTER

SHAPE SORTER

No infant should be without a shape sorter, a classic developmental toy. We love Dandelion's version, made of organic cotton, fiber reactive dyes and stuffed with corn fiber filling. It incorporates four shapes that rattle and crinkle and four super-soft textures.

Get It: Dandelion, $35 (note: The line is so new they're not shipping till mid-April, but you can pre-order now!)

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KEYS

KEYS

Instead of plastic keys or the real thing, give your baby a set of Little Alouette's Myla Belle Teether Key Set. It includes three hardwood maple keys and a maple key fob polished with organic flaxseed oil, tied together with ribbon.

Get It: Etsy, $20

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STUFFED ANIMALS

STUFFED ANIMALS

The new My Natural Bamboo Collection by miyim features four 9-in. plush animals – a frog, elephant, monkey and panda – that are made of silky bamboo, one of the fastest growing and renewable plant resources available (plus it requires no pesticides or fertilization to grow). Bamboo is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, making it a safe toy for babies to chew!

Get It: Barnes amp Noble, $15

We Also Like: Mary Meyer's new Fuzz that Wuzz collection, made of recycled plastic water bottles

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DOLLS

DOLLS

You can't get any more natural than a Waldorf doll. Yellow Label Kids' Cuddle Dolls are made of low-impact dyed cotton with simple expression so that kids can impart their own feelings and imagination.

Get It: Yellow Label Kids, $28

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TOOL SET

TOOL SET

Not only are Green Toys made of recycled milk jugs in the United States, but they are also packaged in recycled cardboard with no annoying and wasteful cellophane or twist-ties. You may have seen their pastel tea set before, but we're loving their new tool set!

Get It: Kangarooboo, $25

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TAGGIES

TAGGIES

We know babies love tags (and Taggies) and now they can love organic Taggies! The new Taggies Organic line includes a pony and a puppy, but the 5-in. rattles are our favorite! The bunny, dog and bear are made of 100 percent certified-organic cotton, pure silk and eco-friendly safe dyes.

Get It: Big Black Bear, $15

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TRAINS

TRAINS

Maple Landmark uses only non-toxic finishes and sustainable hardwoods in its cute NameTrains and accessories. They're even compatible with BRIO/Thomas trains!

Get It: Maple Landmark, $5/letter

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FOOD TOYS

FOOD TOYS

Yellow Label Kids' handknit cupcakes are cute enough to eat! Each set of confections is knit from low-impact dyed cotton and are Fair Trade, meaning that the makers are paid fair wages in Third World countries. We also love their city food (which includes a pretzel, pizza slice and bagel), sushi rattles and donut assortment.

Get It: Yellow Label Kids, $32

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BLOCKS

BLOCKS

Imagiplay is known for their animal puzzles and toys made of reclaimed rubberwood, and now they have block sets, too, meant to last for years. Infants will love stacking the blocks while toddlers will enjoy putting the simple puzzles together. Choose from barnyard, jungle and other buddies!

Get It: Imagiplay, $13

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MUSICAL TOYS

MUSICAL TOYS

Your child can be a one-man rhythm band with Plan Toys' Musical Band. Made of solid rubberwood and latex and finished with non-toxic, child-friendly paints, it includes two tom-tom drums, a cymbal and guiro.

Get It: Baby Earth, $45

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TRUCKS

TRUCKS

Sprig Toys' Eco-Trucks are sure to please any little boy, especially when they smell them! Because they're made of “Sprigwood,” a blend of recycled plastic and wood, they smell like sawdust.

Get It: Amazon, $16

We Also Like: Green Toys' Recycling Truck, $22.50

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PLAY DOUGH

PLAY DOUGH

If you want an alternative to commercial doughs, check out Eco-Kids' Eco-Dough which is made with plant, fruit and veggie extracts and packaged in compostable cornstarch containers. Plus, it doesn't dry out like other doughs and can be softened with olive oil. If your child is allergic to gluten, soy or dairy, you can order special versions for them.

Get It: The Little Seed, $22; Eco-Kids, $30

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