In 2013, the Green Kid crafts brand started out as a hobby for a young woman in San Francisco.
“I just loved the idea of making things and it just kind of snowballed,” said Stephanie Meehan, who is now the Green Kids co-founder.
After her first craft, she started to experiment with different things like recycled cardboard.
She even made her own craft station, which she called a green kid, complete with a box and a wooden paddle, to make her own handmade crafts.
“It was just fun, and it was really simple, and I felt like it was very empowering to me to say that I want to do something that’s good for the environment,” Meehans daughter, Katie, said.
Katie and Stephanie Meeshan started Green Kid in 2012 to make the green kid toys that were sold at local thrift stores, where they’d buy and sell recycled cardboard for $2 a piece.
In 2014, Stephanie was inspired to create her own crafts, and after a few prototypes she wanted to create a set.
“The concept for the green kids toys was that they were really, really cool,” Meeshans son, Ben, said of the first Green Kid sets.
The family thought about making a set that would appeal to people who might be more interested in the hobby, but they also wanted to make sure it was sustainable.
“If we were going to be able to make a set, we wanted to be making something that would be sustainable and not environmentally harmful,” Stephanie Muhan said.
The Green Kid products sold in thrift shops are made from recycled cardboard, which the Muhans hope will be used to create sustainable products for children.
Ben Muhamans Green Kid toys have a green theme and have a variety of different kinds of green toys for children to play with, such as the Green Lego, which is made out of recycled cardboard and is called the green LEGO.
They also sell toys with fun and whimsical graphics that kids can play with.
“When we started this, we thought we would sell it through our local store, but the response was overwhelming,” Stephanie said.
That’s when she decided to start the company in 2017.
“We wanted to take the opportunity to take it to the kids,” she said.
“That’s why we did this whole thing with kids.”
Ben M. Muhas Green Kid started out by making toys with green graphics for kids to play and have fun with.
The company also sells recycled cardboard that the Meeshes make into green and blue crafts, which they call Green Legos.
They’re also selling green and green crafts to other companies that are using the recycled cardboard to make toys and accessories for kids.
Ben and Stephanie are both excited to have this opportunity to create something that kids love.
“You know what?
If we’re going to do it, we want to make it as sustainable as possible,” Ben Meehaus said.
Stephanie Maehs son, Tyler, said he’s always been interested in recycling and making things.
“For my mom, I was always trying to figure out what I could do that would make me happy,” he said.
His passion for recycling started when he was in elementary school.
“At that age, I thought I had to do more and more,” he recalled.
But his mom, Stephanie, kept pushing him and said, “I’m not going to give up.”
So, Tyler began recycling.
He’s now a third-year engineering student at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Ben has been recycling for a few years now and now works for the local city of San Francisco to make money from the product.
Stephanie and Ben both hope to eventually have their own business, so they can help others to start their own.
“What we’re doing right now is just making things that will hopefully help the environment, but also hopefully help our kids to have fun,” Stephanie exclaimed.
“As we continue to see things like the climate change coming, we’re just trying to make things that kids are going to enjoy.”
Ben said the future of the Green kid brand is bright.
“There’s definitely more to come from the company,” he says.