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18 December 2013

Know what to look for in eco-friendly toys for your kid

Google search for “eco-friendly toys” leads to 22,100,000 results. “Green toys” brings 270,000,000 search results.
When it comes to playtime, more and more parents are concerned that the toys their baby is surrounded by (and likely chewing on) are as healthy for the little one as they are for the planet.

Eco-friendly toys tips
But what features to look for in eco-friendly toys? We have collected some tips to help you in making a responsible purchasing decision when looking for your little one’s toys.

  1. Buy wooden toys which have FSC or PEFC label. These labels state that the wood used comes from sustainable forests.
  2. Buy wooden toys which have been treated with organic oils or beeswax. Waxed wooden toys can be washed. Allow to dry well. Untreated wood is reasons not suitable for babies for hygienic reasonsbecause it provides optimal breeding ground for bacteria.
  3. Avoid toys made ​​out of Polyvinyl chloride (PVC). They contain plasticizers known as phthalates. Not only are the most abundant man-made environmental pollutants, they are also a toxic hazard and can have serious health effects for your baby. But note: The use of PVC doesn't have to be marked. On imported products, it is often referred to as vinyl. Plastic toys made ​​out of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) are considered less of a concern. The production comes from less harmful additives and the materials are easily recyclable.
  4.  Avoid unnecessary packaging and pay attention to environmentally sound disposal of various materials. This saves resources and the climate.
  5. Avoid battery-operated toys. Batteries are made out of problematic materials are not always installed safely in children toys.
  6. Try to buy toys which can be extended or combined. A modular system that can be complemented or a doll with many clothes can keep the interest of the children longer. Individual objects soon become boring and will need to be replaced.
  7. Look for items that will last. High quality toys may cost a bit more, but they will last much longer and can be handed down to younger children. Likewise, you’re more apt to get money back out of them if you decide to sell.
  8. Look for local. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by buying local and eco-friendly. If you’re looking at global supplies, opt for imports from countries which have strict toy regulations.
  9. Children's toys must not always be new. Toys can be borrowed or purchased second-hand. This saves resources, piles of rubbish and money.
Make your toy box healthier for your child and the planet!
Stay tuned for our favourite eco-friendly toy of the month.
And in the meantime, leave a comment and let us know what you are looking for in environmentally friendly toys  - we’d love to hear from you!