Kids get so much stuff for birthdays and Christmas. Every. Single. Year. And you know that means a lot of it will end up in the bin before the next one rolls around. This year, you can pick a gift which has been made with the environment in mind as well as its little recipients. From brilliant building blocks made from genius bio-plastic, to fail-safe eco wooden toys, there’s something green and gorgeous to give them this year.
If you don't want plastic in their toy box, then BiOBUDDI offers an eco and sustainable alternative to classic building blocks. Made from leftover waste from the sugarcane plant, these innovative bio-plastic toys are just as fun for kids but miles better for the environment. Don't worry about wasting construction bricks they already have though, these are designed to be compatible. For the littlest ones in need of a non-plastic gift, pick them up a teether that works as a sensory toy too. This Clementino design by Oli & Carol is totally plastic-free. Made from natural rubber, it's good for chewing, playing with in the bath or fiddling with at the highchair. We love it.
GIVE IT BACK
Stuff that gives back always floats our boats. We grab awesome stuff and the brands give back to the community. tegu is a brand who totally rocks at giving: for every one of their sets sold, at least one tree is planted as part of the Honduran reforestation programme. Kids get to play and the earth gets another lung. Hooray! Similarly, Best Years make cool stuff but do good too. With an ethical ethos at its core, they work hard to create opportunities for people in poor communities; allowing them to gain skill and provide for their families. They also proclaim to be the first ever manufacturers of knitted dinosaurs in the world.
If you’re looking for organic gifts, we've got it covered and if you are shopping for those obligatory festive socks, you can kill two birds with one stone. Funky brand etiquette design socks for kids that make you wish your feet were like, half the size. One of their packs of colourful socks would be a great stocking filler at Christmas, 'cos everyone gets new ones for Christmas - them's the rules. If it's a baby you are shopping for, a blanket is always a go-to gift idea. Nanami makes gorgeous baby blankets, inspired by nature and Inuit culture, and all their stuff is made with ecological and natural materials.
We love it when a brand goes that step further in its design process, including picking materials really carefully. Green Toys makes its stuff from recycled plastic - mainly milk cartons. To date, they've used 24,000,000 cartons to make their toys, but not only waste-busting, they are some of the coolest toys for toddlers going. The recycling truck is one of our all-time heroes and a fail-safe birthday or Christmas gift.
Wooden toys are the best. Not only do they look good, but they are long-lasting and can easily become heirloom toys to pass down to the grandbabies. For a classic wooden gift for any little one, look no further than the Plan Toys bear. Made from sustainable rubber wood with moveable limbs, it's an eco design that they'll love to take with them everywhere. Next up, Grimm's are basically the holy grail of wooden toys. Their rainbow design is insta-famous, looking great on the toy shelf but offering endless open-ended playing opportunities for the kiddies. For Christmas babies, the star-shaped wooden grasper is a sweet sensory pick.
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