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Stuffed animals have always captivated kids’ attention but a collection by Cate & Levi really stood out with their fluorescent colors. It turns out the 16-22” creatures are made from American Apparel’s neon colored sweatshirt scraps and stuffed with 100% polyester made from recycled plastic bottles. When not sourcing scraps, the resourceful company is busy reclaiming wool items. Old sweaters are cut and sewn to become the outer surface for another collection of plush animals, which are equally as soft and fun. If your young one finds puppets more captivating, Cate & Levi also offer a fun array of both hand and finger puppets made from found woollen items that are carefully washed and cared for before being given a new, perhaps more animated life. While the sweaters may have traveled afar before landing at the company’s doorstep, each creature is designed and manufactured locally in Canada.
With gifts to give and birthdays to celebrate, the question of an appropriate green greeting card always arises. San Franscisco-based Cardtorial’s cards are hand-cut and made by founder Yvonne Leung. The wooden greeting cards are made from eco-friendly, certified American Alder and contain a variety of messages to commemorate all occasions. A personal message may easily be added to the back using a fine-tip marker, and the 100% recycled brown kraft envelopes that accompany each card offer an easy solution for protecting them in the mail.
Sustainably designed wares were more prevalent at this year’s NYIGF, as an increasing number of booths demonstrated a commitment to using more eco-friendly materials to create kids products. We look forward to seeing what the next edition brings!
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