Toys featured in the segment:
- WHAM-O's Eco-Disc
Made from earth-friendly Sprigwood, a bio-composite of recycled wood and reclaimed plastic that gives the toys a fresh, wood-shop scent and visible wood "flecks."
>> website $4.99, ages 5+
- Sprig Dolphin Explorer Boat
Perfect for bath time, this boat really floats and is the winner of 2010 Specialty Toy of the Year award. Made from earth-friendly Sprigwood. Adventure Guide character, accessories and dolphins are dishwasher safe (top rack) for easy cleaning.
>> website $19.99, ages 3+
- Sprig Garden Keeper Set
Playset includes Sprigwood pots with drain holes for sand or garden play, seed-infused recycled paper flowers for planting and Bee character. Dishwasher safe (top rack) for easy cleaning.
>> website $7, ages 3+
- ImagiPLAY LacingScapes
This natural twist on a traditional lacing game features plants and animals that live near the water. Kids can create and re-create an ocean or pond scene. Made from plantation grown rubberwood after the tree is finished producing rubber sap.
>> website $19.99 each, ages 3+
- ImagiPLAY Eco Yo-Yos
One of the world's oldest toys goes green. Our classic yo-yo features opposite images including a panda and bamboo and the Eastern and Western hemispheres. Made from plantation grown rubberwood after the tree is finished producing rubber sap.
>> website $6.99 each, ages 6+
- My Natural Dr. Seuss Eco-Plush Toys
Made from all-natural cotton and colored with plant extracts and minerals using the PureWaterWash process.
>> website $9.99, safe for all ages
- miYim Organic Stroller Toys
Love Bug Chimes and Vegetables are safe for teething, made from organic cotton and colored with plant extracts and minerals.
>> website $7.99 to $12.99, safe from birth
- Clementine Art Natural Modeling Dough and Paint
Dough is strawberry, lemon and lime scented, made with natural ingredients and plant-based colors. Set of six paints are colored with Mayan mineral earth pigments and are free from chemical dyes and petrochemiclas. Long-lasting, natural and washable.
>> website $9-$12 per set.
- Clementine Art Natural Markers
A set of six vibrant and quick drying markers colored with plant and mineral pigments.
>> website $7 per box
A very creative professional, Dennis Claussen has spent the last ten years in the toy business, working in design, packaging, licensing and operations. Before joining WHAM-O in 2009, Claussen was Vice President at JAKKS Pacific, where he started the Creative Services Department and ran several departments.
As a designer, he has received numerous Graphic Design USA awards for his work on consumer products of all kinds.
Emeryville-based WHAM-O is going green in 2010. It recently acquired Sprig Toys, a young eco-toy company known for its products made from Sprigwood, a bio-composite of recycled wood and reclaimed plastic.
WHAM-O also just announced that 50 percent of manufacturing of the iconic Frisbee will return to the United States this year, reducing WHAM-O's carbon footprint.