Trying to determine ethically made toys isn’t easy. Unlike the fashion industry, not much has been done yet to explore the manufacturing practices involved in producing some of our most popular toy brands. Below is a list of toy brands that I’ve separated into ‘The Good’, ‘The Ok’ and ‘The Bad’. In 2017, I’ll be exploring the issue of toys and how they are produced in more detail.

The Good (A or A+ rating)

The OK (B rating)

The Bad (C or worse)

  • Hasbro (Transformers, My Little Pony, Play Doh, Nerf, Playskool, Board games, Yokai, FurReal Friends, Littlest Pet Shop, Jurassic World, Marvel, Sesame Street, Star Wars)
  • Mattel (Hot Wheels, Barbie, Monster High, DC Universe, Matchbox,  Planes, Cars, Polly Pocket, Paw Patrol Toys)
  • Fisher-Price (Imaginext toys, DC Super Friends, Power Rangers, Sponge Bob, Power Wheels, Little People, Thomas and Friends, Think and Learn, Mega Bloks, Bob the Builder, Dora and Friends, Smart Toy)
  • Tomy (Pokemon toys, the Good Dinosaur, Zootopia, Sonic Boom, Chuggington, Lamaze)
  • Namco (Digimon, Ben 10, Tamagochi)
  • Little Tikes
  • Disney
  • Hello Kitty
  • K’nex
  • Meccano
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • VTech

Sources: An Investigation into Four Toy Sweatshops 2016, Sweatshop Toy List 2016, Green America Campaign 2012, Shop Ethical Toys 2016