Review: Eco-Friendly Toy Shop Rosie Hippo

12/11/2009 at 07:00 AM ET
Rosie Hippo

With toy recalls filling the evening news, we went in search of cool eco-friendly toy shops that would appeal to parents with modern tastes. We’re happy to report Rosie Hippo — a cool toy e-shop — totally fits the bill. Created in 2008 by a mom and dad who were hardpressed to find safe (but fun!) playthings for their new baby, the store stocks unique, hard-to-find toys made in small villages and cooperatives all over the globe.

We love the hand-painted medieval figurines ($30 for two) from Germany, the pink felt carry-along dollhouse including mini bear dolls (now $34, originally $65) from Nepal and the traditionally designed clay Ocarina — like a whistle — ($8) from Peru. Each one will bring your child hours of (safe) delight.

Added bonus: Rosie Hippo gives back! Until December 31, the company will donate a toy to Room to Grow (an organization that works to enrich babies born into poverty through the first three years of their lives) for every order over $100.

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Cece on

Great website! They have really good products (eco friendly)

Cece on

Great website! They have really good products (eco friendly)

Cece on

Great website! They have really good products (eco friendly)

Cece on

Great website! They have really good products (eco friendly)

Cece on

Great website! They have really good products (eco friendly)

Cece on

Great website! They have really good products (eco friendly)

Cece on

Great website! They have really good products (eco friendly)

katie on

Rosie Hippo is a wonderful site but has been around a lot longer than listed. New owners took over in 2008 but we began buying from the small family that started the company years ago.

katie on

Rosie Hippo is a wonderful site but has been around a lot longer than listed. New owners took over in 2008 but we began buying from the small family that started the company years ago.

katie on

Rosie Hippo is a wonderful site but has been around a lot longer than listed. New owners took over in 2008 but we began buying from the small family that started the company years ago.

katie on

Rosie Hippo is a wonderful site but has been around a lot longer than listed. New owners took over in 2008 but we began buying from the small family that started the company years ago.

katie on

Rosie Hippo is a wonderful site but has been around a lot longer than listed. New owners took over in 2008 but we began buying from the small family that started the company years ago.

katie on

Rosie Hippo is a wonderful site but has been around a lot longer than listed. New owners took over in 2008 but we began buying from the small family that started the company years ago.

katie on

Rosie Hippo is a wonderful site but has been around a lot longer than listed. New owners took over in 2008 but we began buying from the small family that started the company years ago.