Toys

8 ways to Green Your Toys

Don't play games with your child's health or the environment. Follow these steps to avoid items made with dangerous chemicals, find toys made from renewable and sustainable materials, and minimize the amount of landfill waste created by the toys.

  1. Choose nontoxic plastic toys

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    Plastic recycling codes can tell you what chemicals the plastic contains. For example, plastic toys marked with a #3 are PVC plastic, which contain harmful phthalates and should be avoided.

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  2. Choose organic cotton toys

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    These natural fibers will protect your child’s sensitive skin from harmful chemicals and are more sustainable than other materials.

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  3. Choose toys made from sustainable wood

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    Clearcutting forests endangers animals and plants in woodland areas, and destroys forest habitat. Sustainably-harvested wood, on the other hand, preserves these natural treasures.

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  4. Choose battery-free and non-electronic toys

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    The production of microchips and batteries requires an enormous amount of resources, and their disposal creates an environmental hazard.

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  5. Choose toys made from recycled materials

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    This reduces the waste created in producing new toys from virgin resources and means less trash heading to landfills.

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  6. Choose toys made from natural fibers

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    Toys made from bamboo, hemp, or organic wool may be safer for the environment than those made from conventional cotton.

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  7. Choose used or secondhand items

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    Previously used toys save items from the landfill and environmental costs from production of new toys.

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  8. Make toys from salvaged materials

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    Use material found outdoors or around the house to create your own crafts and toys, rather than continually purchasing new toys.

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Comments

03/08/2010
8:48am
climbing frames

I agree with you on all the 8 ways. These are the best ways to protect our environment! Thank you for enlightening me on this concept.

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