Wednesday, October 28, 2009

North Star Toys Review & Giveaway


Are your wooden toys green?
I have always loved wooden toys for babies and toddlers. Now with all the other toxins you can find in our children's toys today you must really know about who makes the toys before you purchase them. I recently came across North Star Toys, a truly green toy maker!

Who is North Star Toys?
North Star Toys is a family ran company since 1979 making quality, non-toxic wooden toys at affordable prices for families like yours. Walnut, oak, alder and other fine woods are handcrafted into smooth, durable designs and rubbed with a non-toxic oil to allow the natural beauty to shine. Recycled materials are used whenever possible and top priority is given to environmental sustainability.

Green Facts About North Star Toys!

• We are a family owned and operated business
• Environmental sustainability is top priority for us
• Toys are for kids, not just of this generations, but for generations to come. We want to protect our planet for these future generations.
• We recycle our paper
• We use recycled packaging whenever possible
• We print on recycled paper and use vegetable-based inks for large printing jobs
• Our saw dust is used to supplement compost and for chickens
• Wood-scraps are donated to schools for art projects and used for kindling
• We use only sustainably managed American hard woods
• We use food grade mineral oil to finish our toys
• 100 percent of electricity that runs our shop comes from wind and/or solar energy

Ethan's North Star Toy Experience!

Ethan received the Farm Tractor Trailer. First of all I am very impressed with the quality and construction of this toy. The wood is completely smooth and no blemishes or snags are on the toy whatsoever. The wheels on the tractor and trailer ride smoothly.  The trailer easily slips off the tractor and can be played at as "two piece" if you wish. The "Farmer" can sit in the tractor or can be taken out (to chew on as Ethan did!).

Ethan's little face just lit up when I gave him his new toy when he woke up from his nap one day. He played with his new Farm Tractor Trailer all day and he took it all over the house. Even dropping it a couple of times on our hardwood floors, but it held up completely fine to his toddler abuse! Ethan took the tractor and trailer apart several times and even liked chewing on the "Farmer". Knowing that this is a green toy I knew I had nothing to worry about letting him chew on it! The wood is very firm and you can't tell where his little teeth had been. We love this toy and I'm sure it will be one of the very few toys that I will save for Ethan's children to play with someday.

BUY IT! You can purchase North Star Toys directly from their website.

WIN IT! North Star Toys is giving away ONE Happy Hybrid to a Take Time to Smell the Rose reader! Just fill out the entry form below.


Giveaway ends Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 9:00 p.m.(CST) Winner will be drawn by the random number generator at and will be notified by email. Winner will also be announced on this blog. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.

This giveaway is open to USA residents ONLY . Must be 18 years old or older to win.

Thank you to North Star Toys for providing us with a Farm Tractor Trailer. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was received to conduct this review & giveaway.

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