A Better Play, the Greener Way

Who They Are

Once-Kids crafts fun, heirloom-quality toys that inspire wonder and creativity while supporting and sustaining our planet! That’s because Once-Kids’ name is not only a reminder of the joy and wonder we all once felt spending hours with our favorite dolls, action figures, and building blocks, it’s also a perfect acronym that represents their mission — Organic, Natural, Charitable, and Environmentally-friendly.

While other brands craft superheroes and building blocks from petrochemical plastics that’ll live in landfills long after your little one is all grown up, Once-Kids chooses better, more sustainable materials like FSC certified wood and felt made from recycled water bottles. Once-Kids also pack their products with tools to spark creativity, like a DIY decoration kit for their blocks and superheroes. With the ability to project their imagination onto their newest creations, every child can experience the wonder of a toy as unique as they are. After all, playtime should only be limited by the possibilities of a child’s imagination, not by their toys!

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Why We Like Them

The first thing you’ll notice when you see a Once-Kids toy is the same thing that makes them so sustainable: it’s almost all made of renewable, high-quality, and durable wood! 

All Once-Kids products are made exclusively with FSC Certified lumber, which means that the wood was not only grown without the use of pesticides, GMOs, and traditional conversion of forest to farmland, but it also comes with a commitment to supporting and respecting the wellbeing of indigenous peoples, forest workers, and local communities. Plus, their product packaging features the same FSC Certified wood, making a great gift option while also being a convenient and attractive way to store toys when they’re not in use.

When they do incorporate other materials, Once-Kids is careful to ensure that everything is as gentle on the planet as possible. For example, their Wanderlust collection features colorful felt details made from recycled water bottles, helping to extend the lifespan of an otherwise pernicious plastic waste product.

Once-Kids also supports organizations like Trash Free Seas Alliance and The Ocean Conservancy to help keep waterways, oceans, and beachfront clean across the world. At the end of the day, Once-Kids believes in the opportunity to positively impact future generations through their wonder-inspiring toys and via their company-wide initiatives to help our planet.

  • Women Owned
    Women Owned
  • Charitable
  • Sustainably Harvested Wood
    Sustainably Harvested Wood
  • FSC Certified Wood
    FSC Certified Wood
  • Recycled Plastic
    Recycled Plastic
  • Recycled Content
    Recycled Content

This brand is owned by a majority of women. This includes everything from a small one-woman shop to a larger company where more than 51% of women make up the ownership team.

This company donates a portion of their time or profits to charitable efforts in their community or abroad.

This product contains wood that has been sourced from sustainably managed forests. These forests are typically managed in ways that prevent overharvesting and promote the wellbeing of local ecosystems, animals, workers, and communities.

Products with the Forest Stewardship Council certification are made from or with wood sourced from FSC managed forests. FSC standards ensure the respect and wellbeing of indigenous peoples, forest workers, and local communities. Harvesting in certified forests maintains the ecological functions of each habitat. FSC prohibits the use of pesticides, GMOs, and the conversion of forests to plantations. As a third party, not-for-profit agency, FSC provides nonbiased audits of forest management.

Recycled plastic utilizes salvaged post-industrial plastic scraps and post-consumer products such as water bottles and other plastic containers, and transforms them into new products. The containers are sorted, crushed, and then heated to form resins, which are liquid plastics that can harden into new shapes. These resins can be molded and used to create anything from carpet to outdoor furniture. Recycling plastic lowers the amount of petroleum extracted and the production of greenhouse gasses associated with first-time plastic production. Plus, by using these existing materials, we’re benefiting from the original energy and resources spent to create them in the first place, while diverting waste from the landfill.

Recycling is the process of taking an otherwise-discarded item or material and cleaning, sorting, and breaking it down into its basic form (such as fibers or pellets). This material is then used to produce new items. Recycling keeps useful materials from being discarded in landfills, prevents resource extraction due to the creation of new materials, and provides a new life for used items. Recycling can utilize both pre-consumer waste (materials left over from production) or post-consumer materials (used clothing, empty water bottles, etc). This product is made from recycled content.

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