- Location: online only
- Specialty: Simple, creative, fair trade toys
- Price range: $$$
- Website: downtoearthtoys.com
- Headquarters: Ortonville, MI
A return to simpler living, the nostalgic dream and a respect for the delicate balance of the natural world inspire this family-run business to bring wonderful, natural playthings to their online shop.
"Finding a way to instill enjoyment of simple pleasures in our kids is, we feel, a way to foster the future that we dream of."
Started by Michigan-based mom and dad Carrin and Todd, Down to Earth Toys combines the couple's appreciation for simplicity in life and desire to instill an environmentally conscious awareness in the children of the world. With their little one signed on as their official "Director of Product Testing," Down to Earth toys carries a great selection of natural and fair trade toys for babies, toddlers, and even some big kids. Though they do carry a selection of European goods, most toys are made in the U.S. and are meant to inspire creativity and promote learning through their simple designs.