Eco at home: Kids’ toys
If you’ve got kids, you’ve got toys. But if you’re eco-minded, wouldn’t it be great if those toys could be environmentally friendly?
|A few weeks ago, we investigated the options for eco baby rooms. Now it’s the turn of slightly older kids, as we look into what’s out there in terms of eco toys.
Sustainable wooden toysToys made from natural, sustainable, recyclable and biodegradable wood are good for the environment, good for your child and good for your conscience.
Melbourne-based Eco Toys specialises in eco wooden toys that are Australian-made and ethically manufactured.
We love their Lamb Rocker, made from environmentally friendly rubberwood and their Bamboo E-Racer racing cars, made from bamboo and coloured with water-based paint.
Rather than choosing toys that run off the mains electric power, there are plenty of solar-powered toys out there that don’t drain a watt of electricity.
We’ve found this build-your-own solar-powered robot, designed for children aged eight and older. It also has a hand-cranked dynamo for extra power.
Or, for girls, how about this solar-powered bobbing flower? Flip Flaps solar-powered flowers soak up the sun, then move and sway using that power.
Eco-friendly teddy bears
Soft toys can also be eco. Teddy Treasures, based in Canterbury, Victoria, has a range of eco-friendly and organic teddies and soft toys.
The collection includes all sorts of soft toy animals, including the adorable Marley the Mouse, made from 100% organic cotton.
Follow more eco living trends
We’ve run a whole mini series on eco living here at Light Home, covering areas such as wallpaper, vintage goods, art and computing.
Visit the Design Everyday section of the website to see more posts on eco living and environmentally friendly design.