I recently came across the eco-friendly and ethical toy shop, For First Steps, and fell in love with their range of environmentally conscious toys that are incredibly kid-friendly.
For First Steps was set up in response to the founder’s, Jana, frustrations with the toy industry – which in general sees a lot of non-recyclable plastic products produced under exploitative working conditions. As an alternative to this, For First Steps only sell products that are earth- and people-friendly. Here you’ll find sustainably and ethically produced toys made from renewable sources that are designed to last.
And on top of these high ethical standards, For First Steps have also partnered with two charities – Best Beginnings, who work with vulnerable families in the UK, and Women & Children First, who fight unacceptably high levels of maternal and newborn mortality around the world – with £1 from every order placed going to these good causes to give back to those that need help the most.
I’ve picked out a selection of six of my favourite eco friendly toys from the online shop, but could honestly pick out heaps more items that both of my kids would adore.
Eco-friendly toys, from top left clockwise:
Zoe Rabbit (£39.00) – this incredibly cute rabbit, destined to become a forever friend for a special small person, is handmade ethically from organic materials.
Woodland Puzzle (£14.90) – this beautiful 24 piece puzzle has been ethically made with recycled
Whale Body (£14) – ok, not a toy, but I couldn’t resist this funky vest! Made from organic cotton, and printed with azo-free water inks (azo dyes are suspected carcinogens), it’s ethically produced AND a proportion of the sale price goes to support the work of SOS (a joint initiative of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Global Environment Facility and the World Bank). That’s a whole lot of ethics!
Bamboo Dinosaur Dinner Set (£20) – want to avoid traditional plastic dinner sets? This fun dinner set is ethically made from bamboo and is PA-free, PVC-free, formaldehyde and phthalate-free.
Tool Belt (£22.90) – This fun Plan Toys tool belt is ethically made using sustainable rubber wood and natural non-toxic
Stacking Tree (£16.90) – Finally, for little ones this stacking tree, again made from sustainable rubberwood, looks like great fun to play with whilst helping to develop motor skills.
IF you’re looking to treat the little person in your life then For First Steps are generously offering 10% off for Moral Fibres readers – simply use the code MoralFibres at the checkout. The code is valid from 5th November 2018 to 24th December 2018 .