Our shop contains beautiful, eco friendly toys made from wood, natural rubber and other plastic free materials only from carefully selected, trusted brands who responsibly source their materials and don’t use plastic in their packaging. We hope that you and your children will love our range of sustainable toys here at Envirotoy. A wooden toy can be a beautiful gift for a child which will last a lifetime but will be a lot kinder to the planet for future generations. Happy Children; Happy Planet!
Selected Eco Friendly Toys
Eco Friendly Toys - What Are They To Us?
First and foremost all the gorgeous toys in our shop must be 100% plastic free, very simple. This does also count out recycled plastic toys. We think it’s really great that old bottle and straws fro example are being used for something lovely like making a toy. However at the end of the recycled toys life it will still be a ‘pollutant’ – for this reason we have decided to go 100% plastic free.
It is very important that we understand where the wood or rubber is sourced from in the lovely eco friendly toys that we sell. For example, UK made products would likely be FSC, while products from developing countries are often made using a sustainable Rubberwood source. We won’t stock a toy made in China, for example, where the materials have no provenance. Click here to find out more about sustainability in the toy industry
We sell toys that are made in the UK, Europe, USA and also less developed countries like Sri Lanka and Indonesia. When sourcing a product from a country such as Sri Lanka or Indonesia, we ensure the company operates with Fair Trade values – this ensures that the people and communities get the opportunities, development and wage that their skills deserve. Click here to find out more about Fair Trade values within the toy industry
Biodegrading is the process of a material being broken down naturally over time by natural organisms like bacteria. This is something that cannot happen to the majority of plastics. Sunlight will break plastic down into smaller and smaller pieces over time but it will never dissappear – unfortunately, these tiny pieces of plastic will pollute our food chain and eco systems in ways that we struggle to see.
A material like wood on the other hand, will biodegrade. In certain circumstance like in land fill this could take up 13 years, however it will completely degrade to leave no trace and re-enter the natural cycle of the planet. (providing any paints used are also natural).
All our environmentally friendly toys are 100% plastic free and also contain no plastic in the packaging. The new boxes or pouches we deliver in are 70-100% recycled and 100% recyclable. We will also re-use packaging that we receive goods in so every box may not be the same but as long as your toy is packaged safely and we are using our materials in the most efficient manor that is the main thing! We also use biodegradable labels and craft tape instead of plastic tape. The recycled wrapping paper we sell is packaged in something which may look like plastic but it is actually made out of starch, so are a natural and 100% biodegradable.
Since its inception, there is now 6.3 billion tons of non-recyclable plastic waste on our planet. 90% of children’s toys bought today are manufactured using plastic and will usually not last longer than a few years. With an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic going into the ocean each year, envirotoy promise to donate 1% of our turnover to various initiatives who’s goal is to reduce the amount of plastic in our oceans. Currently we support Surfers against Sewage and the great work that they do to protect oceans, waves, beaches and wildlife.