Would you like to know where to find natural safe toys? Children love to play, and being naturally creative – they don’t need as many plastic-wrapped, battery-using toys that you think they do. In fact, using too many of these toys can hinder creativity. Problem-solving comes from imagination: not pressing a button for the ‘toy’ to do all the work for them. And batteries are one of the top choking hazards for both children and pets (all stores that sell batteries by law must accept them – no matter where bought – so gather them up and get rid of unwanted batteries).
Begin by making ‘natural play spaces’. Just by removing all the plastic junk and creating a ‘snug room’ is good enough, with comfy sofas and rugs, to play and jump and chat. And outdoor gardens and parks are also good (toys from nature!) Then when time comes to go toy-shopping, check your local area, as most towns have at least one independent toy shop.
Wood is the main choice, but rubberwood is also good. Check toys have nontoxic paints and carry safety kitemarks, sold at the right age for your child (keep small parts away from young children and pets).
Envirotoy is a good online shop to start. It only sells safe and reputable brands, mostly from wood or natural rubber. Everything is responsibly-sourced (so UK-made items are from sustainable wood and they don’t stock any toys from China, where materials have no provenance). Items like rubberwood toys from Sri Lanka or Indonesia are made to Fair Trade values, to ensure good pay and working conditions for the makers. Other items are sold by PlanToys (above), made in a carbon-positive factory.
Everything also biodegrades, including the packaging. The company reuses existing packaging and packs using biodegradable craft tape and bioplastic starch pellets. A portion of profits goes to ocean clean-up charities. The range includes:
- Balancing toys
- Eco beach games
- Push & Pull toys
- Learning games
- Wooden play sets
- Eco-friendly bath toys
- Wooden car toys
- Eco-friendly puzzles