Recyclable or sustainable kids' toys #natural #ecofriendly

Recyclable & Sustainable Non-Plastic Toy Alternatives

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Recyclable or sustainable kids' toys #natural #ecofriendlyI am not going to pretend that I’m perfect in this regard and that we don’t have any plastic toys but I am doing everything I can to reduce the amount of plastic we use in our home. Toys are the biggest culprit though I think we have fewer plastic toys than a typical home.  There are plenty of fun, creative toys for children that aren’t made of plastic besides just wooden blocks that you could consider. 

Why should you try to ditch plastic from your home? Plastic doesn’t go away or break down. Sure, with plastic toys you could hand them down to other children but after so many times of being handed down it will no longer be in very good shape which will lead to it being thrown away and left to sit in a landfill. 

Metal, wood, stainless steel, and fabric are better choices if you’re interested in purchasing recyclable and sustainable toys for your kids and they are just as fun, if not more so, as the plastic toys!

Some ideas for ditching the plastic toys

These are all toys that we have in our home and have been kid tested and approved. 

A wooden play kitchen instead of plastic. 

Recyclable or sustainable kids' toys - Kidcraft wooden kitchen

Wooden play food instead of plastic. Plus, doesn’t this look like more fun? Recyclable or sustainable kids' toys - Melissa & Doug cutting food Green Toys (and other) recycled plastic toys. Recyclable or sustainable kids' toys - Green Toys dump truck Try toys made of metal instead of their plastic counterparts. Melissa & Doug shopping cart Go for the metal tricycles, ride-ons, and bikes instead of plastic.   

Recyclable or sustainable kids' toys - Radio Flyer metal tricycle

Stainless steel toy kitchen set. There are cute wooden kitchen sets, too. 

Recyclable or sustainable kids' toys - stainless steel kitchen set

Fabric is another great choice when looking for non-plastic toys. 

Recyclable or sustainable kids' toys - Lil Shopper playset

A toy material that you may not have considered is cardboard. How fun does this cardboard play house look?

Recyclable or sustainable kids' toys - cardboard playhouse

And finally, glass. Of course there aren’t many glass toy alternatives and for good reason but one thing that comes to mind in this category are marbles. When I was a kid my friends and I played with marbles and I loved it! And no, I wasn’t born in the 1950’s. Obviously these aren’t for young children but why not introduce your child to the game of marbles

Recyclable or sustainable kids' toys - marbles

Have you tried to be more conscious of bringing fewer plastic toys into your home? What are some of your kids’ favorite non-plastic toys?


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  1. What a great set of toys. My 5 month old isn’t quite interested in this sort of stuff yet, but this is exactly the kind of thing I’d like for him in a few more months.

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