Tag Archives: Blue Orange

Blue Orange Quality Games



With Earth Day approaching, we are all thinking about ways to minimize our environmental impact. Opting for durable and eco-friendly playthings that don’t require energy is a simple way to reduce waste and help raise a generation of environmentally-conscious individuals.  Isn’t it nice to have a toy that doesn’t fall into shreds after an hour of play!?

If you have played with Blue Orange games …. you know how well-made and innovative they are! They have suggested ages, however, I have enjoyed every single one! They are fun fun fun! -Editor

Blue Orange2This Earth Day, Blue Orange Games encourages families to turn off the TV, power down devices, and bring everyone together to make their own electricity–FUN! Their collection of sustainably made wooden games has something for everyone. Learn about the 2013 new release, Keekee the Rocking Monkey and Dr. Toy’s Best Green Product award winners below.

The first recipient of Dr. Toy’s Green Toy Company award, Blue Orange Games respects the environment and is committed to their eco-friendly initiatives. Since 2007, the company has been planting two trees for every tree used in the creation of their wooden games and playing cards, planting over 125,000 trees to date. Blue Orange partners with Pur Projet to offset their carbon footprint. This organization provides native trees for the reforestation of small producers’ cocoa plantations in the Amazon, helping thousands of farmers cultivating Fair Trade and Organic certified cocoa to increase and diversify their earnings, while protecting lands and biodiversity.

BLUE ORANGE never stops…. there is a huge group of games and quality toys that are developed each year.  Take a look!   Here is a Catalog for retailers.

Blue Orange Games

Here is a great local toy company with a commitment to quality. So, if you’ve been searching for a fun way to celebrate Earth Day, check out Blue Orange Games! They produce ONLY high-quality, long-lasting, eco-friendly games and they give back with a tree planting program.

They use durable materials such as non-toxic coatings; non-petroleum based plastic, recycled cardboard and wood and tin. After all, your kids will be chewing on these games, or maybe the puppy might take a nibble too!

And when they are sent to you, the games are self-contained, which decreases the amount of packaging.

On average, 35 games are created out of one tree; therefore Blue Orange Games is committed to replanting two trees for every one tree used in game construction.

FOR  Earth Day, have fun and play Gobblet, a game from the wooden collection or Trigger, one of their newest games.

If you lose a piece, that happens alot in our family, you’ll be glad to know that replacement parts are available. That is a smart idea!
Thanks Blue Orange Games,  your games are beautiful and well made!

Update for 2016:

BLUE ORANGE never stops…. there is a huge group of games and quality toys that are developed each year.  Take a look!   Here is a Catalog for retailers.


Blue Orange U.S.A.
1000 Illinois St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Ph (415) 252-0372


Luke’s Toy Factory & the Eco-Truck

UPDATE: We received our wonderful red, nontoxic, wonderful Fire Truck last month. Everyone is playing with it!

DANBURY, Conn., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Luke’s Toy Factory – a Connecticut startup founded by father and son team, Jim and Luke Barber, today launched a KickStarter project aimed at raising funds to prove the viability of manufacturing eco-friendly, sustainable and safe children’s toys in the United States. The “Eco-Truck” – a toy fire truck designed with five interlocking parts – represents the culmination of over two years of research & development conducted by the Barbers into the incorporation of organic materials such as sawdust and wheat straw in injection molded plastics.

These materials are the by-products of industrial farming and manufacturing operations here in the United States. In the past they would have been discarded, but their use as fillers not only gives them a second life, but enables the production of toys that are sturdier than plastic products. The organic material allows the toys to be injection molded like plastic, while retaining the look and feel of traditional wooden toys. Furthermore, toys made with this new composite material will not contain any surface paint, glue or chemical additives such as phthalates or BPA, significantly increasing the safety of the products. Instead, the toys will get their color from, FDA-approved pigments mixed into the composite material before molding, eliminating safety issues such as tainted paint, flaking and splintering that have long plagued the toy industry.

“The innovative material and manufacturing process we’ve developed allows us to create traditional toys that are truly products for the 21st century. This has the potential to help bring the toy industry back to America.” said founder Jim Barber.

He continued, “It no longer makes sense to make toys out of either wood or plastic in China, where 85% of the world’s toys are made, and ship them to the United States. The cheap labor that once made Chinese toy production cost effective has shifted so much that brands are now sacrificing design quality and in turn, safety, in an effort to protect their margins. We started researching this process two years ago, because we thought we could offer parents a better, safer option – competitively priced toys made 100% in the United States from organic and recycled material.”

Well-made, long lasting safe toys – – it doesn’t seem like so much to ask, RIGHT? But there are so many safety recalls of toys and so many that cause illness even brain damage, this is your chance to speak up-In a way that the big toy companies understand, with your cash! Mattel, Hasbro, and the others won’t “get it” until they see a switch in consumer behavior. You can go to kickstarter and back the project- $15 will get you a firetruck- hint hint!  

Give attention to the great ethical toy companies, here is another Blue Orange – they make quality games in SF. Toy Safety was one of my first blog articles in 2008, read some of the safety articles of the CDC, search on “toys” if you want the data. —  the editor

Using a Connecticut manufacturer with over 40 years of experience in the injection molding field, Luke’s Toy Factory will be able to oversee all aspects of production and material sourcing. This direct oversight ensures that only the highest quality products reach children’s toy boxes.

“This KickStarter project is just the beginning”, said Luke, the toy designer. “The Eco-Truck will allow us to prove the viability of this type of manufacturing and refine our processes going forward. We have designed a line of vehicles with interchangeable parts to complement the firetruck, so kids can assemble them in different combinations and we expect to make those available soon.”

Echoing his father, Luke added, “We view this not just as changing the status quo, but hopefully starting an industry wide revolution in how toys are made. We’re very much looking forward to support and feedback from the KickStarter community – especially parents who take a genuine interest in where and how their kids’ toys are manufactured.”

About Luke’s Toy Factory:  Luke’s Toy Factory was founded by father/son team Jim and Luke Barber on the belief that parents and their children deserve better, safer options when it comes to toys. The company utilizes an innovative process and sustainable, recyclable materials to make toys here in the United States.

To learn more about and support the Eco-Truck project, the KickStarter page  This is how companies get funded, by US here in the USA!  Click on the KickStarter link and watch the video, you can see how cool the toys are and how they encourage kids to build and learn.

Here are the company’s Twitter and Facebook pages.   Twitter@LukesFTY  Facebook:  facebook.com/LukesFTY   Look at the EcoTruck!