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Babies, Children, Families

Eco-Friendly Toys to Adore

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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

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 paper, and has been printed with vegetable inks for eco-friendly fun.

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 colours and is sure to provide hours of fun for your little one.  I’m thinking about getting one of these for my Little Miss Fix-It.  

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 . 

Visit the For First Steps online shop, and you can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Babies, Families

Eco-Friendly Wooden Kids Toys

wooden kids toys

wooden kids toys

Look into any parent of a young child’s home (including ours) and you’ll most likely see a sea of plastic toys, many electronic with music with flashing lights (my least favourite!).

I have to say that I am not a fan of plastic toys, not least for how they are produced and the time it takes for the plastic to break down in landfill (often longer than 700 years).  They are also not the most aesthetically pleasing, and are full of nasty chemicals linked to illness in later life.

I much prefer wooden kids toys.  Wooden toys are (if you choose correctly) sustainable, degradable and free of the chemical risks that plastic toys possess.  They can also be  real hand-me-down pieces.

Of course, we have plastic toys bought for us and I do not discourage my daughter from playing with them.  However, since the age of about 6 months old, when she started showing an interest in toys, her preference has been for wooden kids toys.

Our first purchase, found in a charity shop, was a wooden shape sorter in the shape of a house.  She adored banging the blocks together and other toys barely got a look in.  Since then our collection of wooden toys have grown and she still loves her wooden toys as much as ever.  Her current favourite is a red London bus from Habitat – hours of fun taking the people in and out of the bus!

Here is the rest of our collection:

eco-friendly wooden toys

As wooden kids toys are so durable, even though they all look like new, we actually found most of these in charity shops, and the walker came second-hand from eBay.  The bus was the only toy we bought new, as a Christmas present, and the jigsaw was a gift from a family member.

If you’re looking to buy a special toy for a child in your life, perhaps for a birthday or Christmas present, then here is a run down of some other great wooden kids toys I found on the internet, separated into age groups:

Babies

wooden toys for babies

Links: 1/ 2/ 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

 

Toddlers

wooden toddler toys

Links: 1 / 2. Canterbury Toy Shop / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

Older Kids
wooden kids toys

Links: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

Most of the wooden kids toys I’ve showcased here are from sustainable sources or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accredited – if you are uncertain of the provenance of a toy then do contact the manufacturer.  You can also find a list of international and UK FSC accredited products and suppliers here on the FSC website.