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Published November 3rd 2012
Find organic play mates for you and your kids
If you knew what toxic materials went into the manufacturing of children's toys, you wouldn't let one come anywhere near your child. Agreed, they are pretty, colourful, and on occasion even incredibly educational. Besides, you would be considered a terrible parent if you denied your kids the opportunity to own and play with as many of these pretty things as you could afford to get for them. And let's face it; sometimes it's the parents who go goo goo over these little temptations.
Anyway, the point is plastic toys contain toxic stuff like BPA and BPS, even when they claim to be child-friendly and safe. I've tracked down a few toy shops in Melbourne that stock organic, eco-friendly toys that will not harm your little darling and may even last well into their teenage years.
Ecotoys believe in making safe, eco-friendly toys that are biodegradable, non-toxic, as well as educational. Ecotoys are manufactured using timber from rubber trees and plantation pine. You'll be pleased to know they have a range of soft toys made from certified organic cotton and pure wool. They use vegetable-based ink for printing and recycled cardboard for packing.
You can either shop online at Ecotoys or visit their shop at
651 Burwood Rd. Hawthorn East Phone: 03 94447221 Open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; closed Sunday.
Earthtribe, located in Balwyn, Victoria, is another great place to get eco-friendly toys . They are serious about fair trade practices and focus on handcrafted toys made using traditional techniques and natural materials.They are also committed to preserving the age-old techniques that may otherwise become redundant due to modern technology. You can shop online at Earth Tribe or visit their stockists in Victoria and all over Australia. For more details, you can contact them by phone at 0410 619 746 or mail them at PO Box 266 Balwyn Vic 3013.
Honeybee Toys They like to call themselves the "magical toy shop in Melbourne" and I don't see any reason to refute that. Honeybee Toys have them all—natural wooden toys, organic baby toys, and educational toys. Choose from Australian and European toys that are ethically made from eco-friendly material and designed for unlimited fun with your child in mind. You can shop online at Honeybee Toys or it might be even more fun to visit them for a good old-fashioned toy shopping spree. You'll find them at
264 Glenferrie Rd,
Phone: 03 9500 8632
Open Monday to Friday 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday 10 am – 4 pm.
Tree Frog Toys
Tree frog toys design toys with your child as well as the planet in mind. It's simply heart-warming to come across businesses that think in such noble terms. True to their word they have a range of eco-friendly brands that's going to give you a hard time deciding what to leave behind. From nesting boxes to doll houses and beyond, Tree Frog Toys will make you want to play along with your kids. Visit them online at Tree Frog Toys or contact them for more information at
PO Box 294
Phone: 0432 081 988
Open Monday to Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Learning House has a range of organic and eco-friendly toys in their collection in addition to other conventional ones. You may want to go straight to this section when choosing your eco-toys. In addition to presenting kids with safe, cute toys they also believe in nurturing love and respect for the environment in them. Their organic category is certified as such and so you can go fearlessly forth and shop to your kid's content in this section. For online shopping visit Learning House or contact for more information at
Epoche is indeed a toy wonderland. If you like old world charm and get all gooey inside when you see kid stuff that still
exude an air of innocence you most certainly will want to check this place out. Personally, I think dolls with size D cups are ridiculous. If you think along those lines, you will definitely want to get this adorable Waldorf doll for your child. Epoché is all about beauty, spirit, and wonder and they live up to their claim quite well. You can shop online at Epoche or drive down to
77 Monbulk Rd.
Phone: 03 9755 1952
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 9.30 am – 2.30 pm; Thursday, Friday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm; Closed Sunday & Monday.
The magic of woodcraft is clearly visible in each and every toy you see here. Bent Sticks bring fairies, pixies, and elves to life with their imaginative tree houses and handmade pixie furniture. They also have toys for babies and toddlers crafted with love and pride from wood that is sanded to a silky finish and sealed with non-toxic finishing. Shop online at Bent Sticks or visit them after giving them a call.
29 McIntyre Dr.
Phone: 0409 028 649
Fairground Child has a single-minded devotion when it comes to fair trade and eco-friendly toys and apparel for children. They go all the way to come up with organic, sustainable, as well as multicultural stuff. Toys are sourced from as far away as Poland, Ecuador, India, and Sri Lanka. You can do your bit to support their admirable philosophy by visiting Fairground Child online or their shop in Melbourne
84 Station St
Phone: 03 9645 8881