December 14th, 2011 BY jareds | No Comments

I give you the one and only: Earthopoly. It’s like “Monopoly” but with “Earth” instead of “Mono”. Get it?!

Now, while it might seem a bit odd to associate “eco-friendly” with a game that seems to indicate that the point is world domination, it’s actually a pretty interesting concept. After all, the idea with ec0-friendly toys is to sort of plant the seed of environmentalism with your children, not push it. I mean, you’re not going to be getting your five year old a copy of Desert Solitaire or anything, so why not a game? And the truth is that the game itself really doesn’t create as much of a “owning the world” mentality as the name might suggest.

One interesting thing about the game is that it has taken the old Monopoly paradigm and shifted it a little bit to bring it into the 21st century. You could look at it as an “updated” version of the classic game if you wanted to, I guess. Either way, there are some pretty interesting add-ons in this version.

For example, they have brought in the use of carbon credits and energy-use taxes to the game. One thing that I like about the game is that it is a great way to get kids to think about the overarching extent of their business practices in the game in terms other than money. For any little budding tycoons out there, that’s a pretty important seed to plant at a young age. After all– thanks to us– they’ll be inheriting a world where things like that are commonplace, so it won’t seem as weird to them when they’re your age. Just go with it, it’s a sign of the times. It’s also cool that all the paper is printed with soy-based inks and the shrink-wrap is made out of corn oil, so it’s 100% biodegradable.

While it can be a pain to find ec0-conscious toys for your kids, it’s really worth it. Once you pare away all of the negative impacts, the trade issues, and the environmental problems of the industrial toy industry, you really just start to see that a toy is just a toy.