Fair Trade Toys

Toys that Give Back​

 

The majority of toys sold in the U.S. are made in China.  But the reports of the conditions in some of those toy factories makes me weep.  (Click here to learn more.)  Purchase the ethically-made, handmade and fair trade toys you can find below for your children, and make a difference for toy makers around the world. ​

(NOTES: This is a shopping guide so prices and availability can change without notice.  If you buy through some of these links, a small amount may come back to help support the mission of Change the World by How You Shop.)

The Village Country Store Wooden Puzzle. Fair trade and handmade. https://www.thevillagecountrystore.com/collections/childrens-play

The Village Country Store

Fair trade and fairly made goods.  They offer a large selection of handmade, fair trade toys for kids, such as puzzles, games, stuffed animals, girls' purses, castles, unicorns and more. (My son loves his wooden puzzle!)

Use the code: LeeAnne25 for 25% off your order of $100 or more + free shipping through 12/12/2019.

Prices: $5 - $43

ten thousand villages toys crocheted hackey sack fair trade toys https://www.tenthousandvillages.com/childrens-toys-and-games

Ten Thousand Villages

"The original fair trader," started in 1946. They sell cute handcrafted fair trade toys for both girls and boys. My kids love their animal measuring tapes. (To find their products in a retail shop near you, click here.)

Prices: $5 - $13

Shop With A Mission hackey sack toys. Fair trade toys that are world changing https://shopwithamission.com/collections/kids-gifts

Shop With a Mission

On a mission “to equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their handiwork and creativity." 

They sell affordable handmade fair trade kids toys and also pencil cases

(My little girl adores her pink elephant pencil case!)

Prices: $4 - $20

Mosaic Collective The Jane Purse. Made in Tanzania by artists with disabilities.

Mosaic Collective

Offers “beautiful products at a price that is fair to the artisans who create them." They sell play purses, day packs and travel games for kids.

Prices: $12 - $28

Elegance Restored dressup clothes for gi

Elegance Restored

Creating a "market for beautiful, fairly made goods." They sell adorable ethically-made toys, including dress-up clothes for girls, plush animals and mini dolls.

Prices: $3 - $36

Above Rubies crocheted unicorn. Handmade toys. https://www.etsy.com/shop/2aboverubies?ref=profile_shopname&section_id=19602053

Above Rubies

""A livelihood project created to help widows and single mothers" in the Philippines.  They sell adorable crocheted stuffed animals and other handmade toys for kids on Etsy.

Prices: $9 - $49

Peace Cycle children's paint smock. Eco-friendly and ethically-made in Haiti from upcycled plastic bags. http://www.peacecycle.com/store/p24/Children%27s_Apron%2FPaint_smock.html

PeaceCYCLE

Changing lives through empowerment, environmental education and employment." They offer eco-friendly painting smocks, perfect for the elementary classroom, created in Haiti out of up-cycled plastic bags.

Prices: $10

Destiny Rescue Kids Bracelet. Rescuing children trapped by human trafficking. https://www.destinyrescueshop.com/youth/

Destiny Rescue

"An internationally-recognized Christian non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing children trapped in the sex trade." They offer beautiful girls' bracelets, handmade by rescued girls.

Prices: $5 - $10

Gifts for Kids that Give Back for $20 an

Kids Gifts $20 & Less

For affordable kids gifts, check out our guide:

World Changing Gifts for Kids $20 & Under

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Baby Gifts

And check out our guide to

 

Beyond Fair Trade Baby Gifts

to find toys for babies and toddlers.

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Shopping Guide

Click here to return to our

 

Ethical Shopping Guide

for lots more categories.

Papillon Doll. On a mission of preventing orphans in Haiti. https://papillonmarketplace.com/collections/kids

Papillon Enterprise

"Creating jobs for mothers & fathers who don’t want to have to abandon their children to an orphanage because they can’t feed them." They offer Haitian dolls, teddy bears, games, dress-up and more. (My little girl adores her stuffed monkey!)

Prices: $8 - $40

Amani Ya Juu zebra bowling set. Fair Trade Toys. https://amaniafrica.org/collections/kids

Amani Ya Juu

"A social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women."  Every adorable toy is obviously sewn with love.  They sell play aprons, dolls, plush African animals, games and more. 

Prices: $8 - $64

Partners for Just Trade Stuffed Bunny. Hand knitted and fair trade. https://www.partnersforjusttrade.org/shop/babies-and-children/knitted-stuffed-toys/

Partners for Just Trade

“Building global partnerships through a just marketplace.”  They sell fair trade toys including hand-knit stuffed animals and finger puppets.  (To also find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)

Prices: $3.50 - $32

Mercy House colored pencil journal set. Fair Trade Toys. https://mercy-house.myshopify.com/collections/kids

Mercy House Shop

"A global marketplace and the beautiful products in this shop are made by women empowered by Mercy House Global." They sell fair trade toys for kids, including stuffed animals, balls, games and craft kits. (My niece adored the Mercy House pencil pouch I gave her.)

Prices: $3 - $36

Vineworks mermaid doll. Handcrafted toys that give back.https://www.vineworks.gives/collections/gifts/children

Vineworks

50% of their profits is given back to the country where their fair trade products are produced!  They offer handcrafted play animals and dolls for kids.

Prices: $12 - $80

Imagine Goods girls purse. Ethical toys for kids. https://imaginegoods.com/collections/girls

Imagine Goods

Partners "with vulnerable and marginalized people around the world to make products.” They offer cute purses and aprons for girls.

Prices: $25 - $32

Krochet Kids toys. Ethical toys making a difference in the world. https://www.krochetkids.org/products/childrens/animals/

Krochet Kids

"Every purchase impacts a life and every product is hand-signed by the lady who made it." They sell adorable crocheted stuffed animals and animal hats for kids.

Prices: $24 - $35

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Market Haiti

"A market place designed to empower & market Haitian artisans in their work.” They sell beautiful Haitian dolls. (Note: Ideal for older children, as these are collector items).

Prices: $24

Gifts for Kids that Give Back for $10 an

Kids Gifts $10 & Less

For even more affordable kids gifts, visit our guide:

World Changing Gifts for Kids $10 & Under

Guide to Finding Ethically-made Toys. www.changetheworldbyhowyoushop.com/toys

Still Looking?

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find even more ethical toy brands.

Sewing God's Seeds labrinth game. Fair trade woode toy. https://sewinggodsseeds.com/market?category=Home+Goods

Sewing God's Seeds

"Empowering and supporting artisans and missionaries."They sell handcrafted fair trade wooden toys and games.

Prices: $19 - $45

Kid Knits knit kit. Ethically made yarn that chages lives and kids get to knit their own hat! https://shop.kidknits.org/collections/kidknits-hat-kits

Kid Knits

“You’re never too young to change a life on the other side of the world.”  They sell knit kits for kids and also "Me & My Doll" hat knit kits, made with hand-spun yarn from Rwanda and Chile.  (My son loves his Kid Knits hat kit.)

Prices: $20 - $25

Eternal Threads Kids Toys and Accessories. Fair Trade. http://eternalthreads.org/product-category/children/

Eternal Threads

“'Weaving hope and justice' to improve the lives of women and children who are at risk from extreme poverty and trafficking."  They offer unique handmade fair trade toys and accessories for kids, each with a story to tell.

Prices: $5 - $35

Made Global hedgehog kids pillows. https://www.madeglobal.org/collections/for-the-kiddos

Made Global

"Into you knowing the makers, because the story matters."  They offer adorable stuffed animals and animal pillows for kids.

Prices: $18 - $22

31 Bits Bracelets for Girls. Ethically made. Slow fashion. https://31bits.com/collections/kids

31 Bits

Sells products handmade by women rising out of poverty in Uganda and Indonesia. They offer handmade kids' jewelry and jewelry-making kits.

Prices: $12 - $42

Azerbaijani Unicorn Finger Puppets. Ethically handmade in Azerbaijani. https://www.etsy.com/shop/AzerbaijaniSocks?section_id=21840753

Azerbaijani Socks

Helps rural Azerbaijani women “earn much needed additional income and provides deeper purpose and hope in their lives.” They sell adorable finger puppets, including unicorns and Goldilocks and The Three Bears.

Prices: $14 - $15

Haiti Design Co Elephant Kids Toy. Ethical Toys. http://haitidesignco.org/shop/?category=Home+%26+Gift

Haiti Design Co

Works in Haiti to develop "craftsmen and leaders that are able to use their skills to provide for their families."  They sell soft stuffed elephants and whales.

Prices: $22 - $24

One Simple Thing Kids Get Fit Sample. https://www.oneworlddiscoveryclub.com/

ONEWORLD Discovery Club

Want to inspire your kids to care about the planet​ and learn how they make a positive difference in the world? They can join the

 

ONEWORLD Discovery Club

to receive fun newsletters, activities and more designed for 7 - 11 year olds.

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School Supplies

And check out our guide to:

World Changing School Supplies

to get your kids ready for school.

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Kids Clothes

Also check out our guide to:

Ethical Kid's Fashion

to find clothes for your youngsters.

STILL LOOKING?

For more ethically-made toy options, check out these toy companies, who all manufacture their toys with higher labor standards:

Lego

Playmobil

 

Melissa and Doug

Bella Luna Toys

Wild Dill

 

Bebemoss

Green Toys

Better Life Bags

Pachamama Market

Zee Bee Market

 

For more ethical toy shopping guides, check out: 

The Art of Simple's:

Ethical Shopping Guide: Toys

Busy Mommy's:

"Top Five Kids Gifts That Give Back"

 

Unexpected's:

​"Toys That Give Back All Year Long!"

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