Milk Jugs Recycled Into Toys In San Leandro

Local factory makes "Green Toys" molded from recycled gallon milk jugs.


A San Leandro company has been featured as "Santa's workshop" in a story about Green Toys, a Mill Valley firm that makes plastic toys out of recycled gallon milk jugs.

The Christmas Eve story in the San Francisco Chronicle marvels about the fact that Green Toys actually makes its products in the Bay Area, when most of the toys sold in the U.S. are imported from China.

Green Toys is the design company that came up with the idea of turning recycled gallon milk jugs into a line of toys, selling from $15 to $25: trucks, tea sets, airplanes, salad bowls and so on.

These toys are made at KS Automotive at 14801 Catalina Street in San Leandro. KS is a contract manufacturing company that molds plastic parts for cars, pools, toys and other products.

KS had been a supplier to the NUMMI auto plant on Interstate 880 in Fremont until it closed.

Now KS is making environmentally friendly Green Toys that are sold through small toy stores and Whole Foods Markets among other outlets.

Read more about Green Toys on its website or view its You Tube video.

Learn more about KS Automotive on its website.

Do you know where your toys were made? Does it make a difference?

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Antonio Cardenas December 24, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Great idea! this shows San Leandran's entrepreneurship at it's best! I wonder if all our city recycling could go to them!
x December 24, 2012 at 11:26 PM
I've just seen them on tv recently ... I want to say the "Shark Tank" or something. Great idea! Excellent job.
Fran December 25, 2012 at 05:21 AM
I've bought some of these toys for my nephew and others for gifts. I didn't know they were made in SL, just that they were not made in China, since I try my hardest not to buy crap made in China!
Marga Lacabe December 25, 2012 at 07:26 PM
More than the plastic toys, I'm interested on who wrote this story. It doesn't have a byline and the writing seems a bit awkward, plus it's just a story based on a story written by someone else. So it makes me wonder: Has the Patch contracted with Journatic to do its reporting?
Jessica Gardner December 25, 2012 at 11:03 PM
They say BPA free How are they getting the BPA out of the plastic they are recycling????


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