Today's parents are environmentally-aware. They look for toys and gifts that are safe for their kids and kind to our planet. But, kids are impressionable and influenced by what they see through advertising, which isn’t always the best option for our environment. This makes our job as parents even trickier! But there are ways we can use toys to teach kids about sustainability.
Kids are curious and moments of play can be opportunities to teach them about sustainability and caring for our environment. Look for ways to spark discussion: What is the toy made from? How is it made? How long will it last? What happens to toys once they’re broken or no longer loved? Simple, explanations can help kids understand why plastic should be bought in moderation.
While we can take time to educate our children about sustainability, sometimes it’s simply too difficult to say ‘no’. But, for our children’s wellbeing, we should consider limiting the number of plastic toys in our home. Materials used to make such products often can’t be recycled and are filled with chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), styrene, polycarbonate, cadmium and lead. Instead, look for natural, long-lasting alternatives such as silicone, wood or rubber
Giving toys and gifts made from natural materials evokes a sense of quality and shows that you care about our environment. These items help to reduce the amount of plastic pollution bound for landfill and often become gifts that are treasured or passed on. So, when it comes to birthday or Diwali presents from loved ones, feel free to suggest items that are stylish, durable and plastic-free.
Given the importance of sustainability, we must consider eco-friendly and ethical products whenever possible. However, it’s worth remembering that any item that’s well-made and loved will stay out of landfill for longer. With that said, the best gifts are those which bring joy to the giver and the receiver – a gift that keeps on giving.
Make the most of every moment !