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Cate & Levi

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.

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Melange

Melange’s set of squishy friends are hand-knit by women’s cooperatives in Peru, and they’re another collection of fantastical stuffed toys that we found noteworthy. Featuring wool, alpaca and acrylic blend outers, the colorful creatures range in size and type, from monkeys to penguins to chics. The company follows Fair Trade standards ensuring that each creation is made in a safe work environment, where artisans earn a living wage, and cultural traditions are honored, respected and encouraged.

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Jess Brown Dolls

If your child has outgrown the stuffed animal phase, but they are still interested in creative play, a collection of handmade, fashionable dolls by Jess Brown may be the perfect solution. The women’s wear designer has created a doll series using raw linens and Liberty print fabrics. The dolls are stuffed with eco-friendly corn fiber stuffing and they are as equally unique and sophisticated as the women who wear her clothing designs on a daily basis. While visiting the booth, many visitors showed an interest in having a doll for themselves, making them appropriate not only for kids, but also for adults with a natural, yet stylish aesthetic.

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Cardtorial

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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