- Why sustainable play?
- How do I start?
- What should I invest in?
Why sustainable play?
It can take up to 1,000 years for plastic to decompose in landfills. A lot of these toys now have a lot of bells and whistles and after they serve their purpose they just end up in the landfills. Which is quite wasteful when you think about it. As a consumer, I find it very difficult to consume less plastic – so I try my best, starting with the products I buy for J and continuously looking for ways I can minimize my footprint. I think every little bit counts!
Why did I chose this path? I think it was by coincidence… I wanted to find more natural products for J to play with. And the more I read on Maria Montessori’s philosophy I find myself more drawn to natural materials.
How do I start? What should I invest in?
If you’re starting to look into sustainable toys – such as wooden toys in particular, you’ll notice they cost quite a bit more than their plastic counterparts. A lot of this has to do with the fact they’re not mass produced – they are often hand made in small batches, hand carved, hand painted, the wood is sourced from sustainable forests. I’m mainly thinking about Grimm’s, Grapat, Osetheimer when I say this.
I think the first piece that drew me in was the waterwaves from Grimms. The colors were so beautiful and the wood was smooth and velvety to the touch.
When you’re starting your collection, I recommend items that are open ended. This way it can grow with your child. I personally started with a lot of items from Grimm’s. Such as the medium rainbow, the stacking cups, wooden balls – were (and still is) some of J’s favorites.
I’ve been really enjoying collecting wooden animals. From the start, they make such lovely decor pieces. I focused on larger animals to avoid having any potential choking hazards in the room. You can go with Ostheimer, Holztiger, Brin d’Bois or even hand made goods that you can find on Etsy.
In terms of wooden toys, I’ve also enjoyed toys from Lovevery and Hape. To be honest, the ones from IKEA look decent too – and I believe they’re all made from the same Hape factory in China. I think these toys are decent quality for their price.
Sustainable toys doesn’t have to be wooden ones. There are plenty of toys that are made from organic cotton, felt, natural rubber, wool and silk.
That’s it for now!