Christmas is ‘totally unsustainable’ to be put in the words of Liberal Democrats’ greens spokesman, Chris Huhne. Approx 125,000 tons of plastic packaging will be dumped to landfill once the Brits have done their merry celebrating. But you can choose to buy eco-friendly toys for your kids this Christmas, reducing the environmental impact caused by the silly season, whilst still keeping it silly! Buying eco-friendly toys is also much better for the health of your children.
- Look for PVC-free – the long term side effects of gnawing on PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is still unknown but all evidence suggests it can’t be good! PVC pollutes the environment all the way through its life cycle from production to disposal. Luckily, there are lots of brands and companies doing PVC free toys now.
- Wood is good – untreated, unpainted wood is safe to chew. Wooden toys last longer than plastic and can be passed on to the next generation! Look for FSC certification as this ensures the wood is forested responsibly. Check out this rendition of the classic Rocking Horse! Now, that’s a cool toy! (hibbastreasures.co.uk)
- Battery Free - Brits throw approx 22,000 tonnes of UK household batteries to landfill each year! Could your child be just as entertained with a simpler toy? It will also reduce the noise pollution in your living room. For the older ones that absolutely must have the newest electronics, look into rechargeable batteries to eliminate waste.
- Nature is a carbon-neutral toy – Planting a tree. Playing hide and seek. Building castles in the sandpit. You probably have strong memories of playing outside with your friends and family when you were young, and your children should too. Plus, it’s far better exercise than the X-box.
- The joy of second hand – preloved.co.uk have a huge range of second hand toys, searchable by location and all in good condition. It’s also a good way to sell your kiddies’ outgrown stuff.
- Sometimes it’s not what’s in the box… Next time you think about throwing away the box from your latest John Lewis purchase (eco of course!), think of it as a potential arts and crafts project for your kids! Boxes can provide hours of family fun.
Research Podiatrist for SKEANIE