Product Review: Artterro Art Kits

Photo: Photo Courtesey of Arttero

CompanyArtterro

Item(s) tested: Art Dolls Kit ($16.95) and Collage Jewelry Kit ($24.95)

Where item(s) can be purchased:  Online & from many independent stores, use their store finder for the one closest to you.

The claim of the product: An eco-friendly open ended art kit that is affordable for families.

What is great about the product:

  1. We love the owner’s story, an entrepreneurial green mom: Artterro was founded in 2006 when Forrest Espinoza went searching for quality art activities to share with her two young boys. She was unable to find any kits locally or online featuring beautiful, eco-friendly materials and open-ended projects. Forrest wanted projects she would enjoy using as much as her children, but discovered most kits for kids used a lot of plastic and other flimsy materials.  With her love of business and art and experience in sales, she recognized an opportunity. She began developing the products she wanted to see in stores.
  2. Price is affordable, each kit ranges between $16.95 and $24.95.
  3. Each kit contains a variety of artist-quality materials including: colorful 100% wool felt, beautiful decorative recycled handmade papers, glass and wooden beads, copper and colored jewelry wire, unique decopage tissue papers, hand-dyed cotton batik fabrics, and high-quality acrylic paints.
  4. No two kits are identical, each features a unique assortment of colors and patterns.
  5. All packaging inserts on 100% post-consumer waste paper using green printing methods with energy use offset by wind power.
  6. Kits are assembled in the US by Goodwill Industries in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by people with disabilities and those in need of job training skills.
  7. The retail units the display in stores is made from Bamboo.
  8. Great for ages 7 and up.
  9. 12 project kits, with lots of variety including:
  • Collage Decoration Kit
  • Collage Jewelry Kit
  • Canvas Storybook Kit
  • Paint with Wool Kit
  • Creativity Kit
  • Wire & Bead Kit
  • Art Dolls Kit
  • Bookmaking Kit
  • Wool Felt Wearbles Kit
  • Garden Art Kit
  • Wool Felt Kit
  • Bubble Wands Kit

What is not so great about the product:

  1. Though all their materials are eco, and they list them on their site you have to dig through their partner’s websites to find ingredients of the materials.

Grade from Green Living: A (Great product, we would love to see if they can make kits for younger ages (with less smaller parts)).