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Aug. 19, 2011

Earth-friendly toys provide planet pleasing playtime

by Neil Wagner

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Here are a few links for toy companies that are making efforts to be planet-friendly. By no means is this list complete, but I thought it might give readers an idea of how manufacturers are handling the challenge. Please feel free to share other resources.

Green Toys: Made of recycled plastic milk jugs; Made in the USA, so there’s less energy used for transportation (for folks living in the U.S.).

Sprig Toys are made of Sprigwood (reclaimed wood and recycled plastic). Their site offers a guide to other green toy companies.

Check out the virtual WWF Gift Catalog, offers stuffed animals in a variety of categories, including climate change. Your money goes towards WWF conservation efforts.

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Great quote from a WOE Facebook follower:

A “What on Earth?” Facebook page conversation took place on Thursday. It revolved around U.S. presidential candidate Rick Perry’s climate denial. Raconteurs Dave Cox and Larry Glazer launched salvos before Lisa Melega said of denialists, “We need reality based government — someone explain to them what empirical evidence and peer review are all about — science is not a democracy where everyone’s opinion is equal.”

Well said, Lisa. Well said.
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Interview: Katie Kline, Communications Officer at Ecological Society of America interviewed me via Skype for the ESA’s Ecotone blog. Read and hear it here.

Video: Bebbo and Kito were featured in one of Jim Parks’ terrific Today’s Green Minute episodes. See the video! Learn more about it.

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Your creative idea could be chosen to appear in the September 23rd edition of What on Earth? which highlights Moving Planet, the worldwide event being planned by Bill McKibben’s 350.org environmental organization. Entering the contest is easy:

  1. Think of a green mode of transportation (Walking? Electric car? HANG GLIDING?) — the wilder the better — we want your craziest green ideas!
  2. Post your idea on the “What on Earth?” Facebook page www.facebook.com/whatonearthcomics by September 3, 2011.

That’s it! The winner will first be announced through 350.org. The What on Earth? comic strip featuring your idea will be circulated around the world including right here. Good luck!

About Neil Wagner

Neil Wagner's What on Earth? comic strip uses humor to discuss global warming.

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