I think its safe to say that by buying eco-friendly and biodegradable toys for our children and grandchildren we're not going to save our planet, however, every little does help and it's a start. If you're anything like me you are trying to cut down on plastic use around the house (and farm in our case), the kids toys are no exception. It seems, as they get old the toys get more plastic!!!
My new thinking is that we invest in toys rather than buy quick throw away plastic toys, by doing this I am not only making myself feel better, but also going some way to educating my children about our throw away culture and how it needs to change.
I've been looking around and I have drawn up a little list of my favourite eco-friendly and biodegradable toys. I was pleasantly surprised how many there were, then sadden by the fact that you rarely see them on the high street.
So here goes, in no particular order:
1. Green Toys Tractor with Detachable Trailer
Available in pink (harder to find though) and orange this toy tractor and trailer is super cute and made entirely from recycled materials. Even better, its dishwasher safe too!
2. Eugy Dodoland - 3D Unicorn model craft set
You can build your own unique 3D craft collectable animal (i've chosen the unicorn, because my daughter is obsessed). They are made from environmentally friendly, biodegradable card and printed with natural eco-friendly ink, which is why they made my list, Plus creating this will keep the kids quiet for a while!!
3. Kid-Eco Cardboard Large Castle Playhouse Kit
Be the King or Queen of your own castle! This play castle comes in a range of colours and is big enough for the kids to play in, they can paint it, stick things to it and really personalise it. Made with 80% recycled materials and is fully biodegradable this is a no brainer for summer fun in the garden.
4. Little Book For Big Change
Not technically a toy, but I know that kids do love books, especially activity books. Packed with over 100 puzzles, games, craft activities, experiments and tips for children aged 7+,Little Book for Big Changes offers fun, educational and creative ways to bring people together to help change the world, empowering them to protect the environment and to make the world fairer. Includes tips on how to recycle and reduce plastic waste.
5. Honeysticks 100% Beeswax Crayons
NATURAL GOODNESS - Honeysticks beeswax crayons are handmade with 100% pure New Zealand beeswax (if you can find a British alternative please let me know). They are safe for kids and children ages 3+. Contains no paraffin wax or cheap fillers. They have different shapes depending on the age of your kid and they smell amazing.
6. ALEX Toys - Eco Crafts
A craft box is always popular in our house and this one is brilliant. 20 crafts to make and all made our of recycled materials and soy inks. This set includes puppets, animals and jewellery.
7. Bunch O Balloons
Who doesn't like a water bomb fight? These water bombs are quick filling and seal themselves, but what makes them extra special is that they are biodegradable and recyclable. Let the fun begin.
8. Junko Zoomer
Build toys that zoom from junk! This is great, it can be used time and time again and is kind to our planet as its made from recycled plastic and a good use of household rubbish.
Whats more, this really feeds the kids imagination. I totally get why it features in the good toy guide.
9. 4M Eco-Engineering Rubbish Cart Robot Toy
First off this is a construction kit so the kids can get stuck into building this robot first. The idea is to educate the children about staying clean and green. It maybe made of plastic, but the concept behind this is to learn about what can be recycled and whats green.
10. Bamboo Tooth Brushes
I know, I know, these do not pass as toys either, however, the novelty value (although eco-friendly) might just make teeth brushing time a little bit more fun. Completely natural and biodegradable these are fun, hygienic and antibacterial. Cleverly coloured coded so the family can't mix up brushes!!
There are loads more toys out there that could have been featured on this list. It's great to see more being done to entertain kids with things other than quickly disposed plastic rubbish. So all i can end on is: "Stop buying your kids plastic cr*p"