We live in a world were chemicals and everyday pollutants are hard to completely avoid as they are simply in the air we breath. For some people they are in a lot more than the air. They are in the food, water, clothes, household products, carpet, paint, cosmetics and the list goes on and on. The good news is we have a choice, we may not be able to entirely control the air we breath but for the most part we have a choice to make better decisions for our own health, for the health of our families and the planet…So let’s go make some better choices humans and what better way to start than that of our growing children.
Did you know there are such a wide variety of synthetic chemicals and heavy metals in children’s toys. From lead and cadmium in paint, plastics, and jewellery to xylene, toluene, and phthalates in play cosmetics. Fear no more as there are also a whole lot of fabulous brands making extraordinary things for our kids and the good news is they are free from toxins.
Here are our favourite toy brands for you to reclaim the fun and reduce worry when it comes to playtime. Make your toy box healthier for your child and the planet.
1. Plan Toys
For more than 30 years, PlanToys has been consistently developing its products and activities with a strong commitment to Sustainable Play.
Sustainable Play is the foundation of how our toys cultivate creative minds and bring children closer to nature. Plan Toys has gained recognition globally and branched out its philosophy with natural aesthetic quality through wooden toys.
2. Grimms Toys
Grimms intent is to design toys, whose simple design together with beautiful colouring and inviting surface feel are well suited for all ages. Products that are played with over and over again. Their wood is only sourced from sustainably managed forests in Europe. They use alder, lime, beech and maple trees. All colours and oils we use are certified and completely harmless. Some of Their products are made in cooperation with handicapped people: Magnet Puzzles, Sparkling Mandalas and Mobiles and most of their products are also suitable for therapeutic work in many ways. It is also important to Grimms to achieve minimal packaging as they don’t want to contribute to worldwide packaging waste any more than absolutely necessary to ensure safe transport.
3. Pinch Toys
Impressed with kids, minimalist style and creativity, Pinch Toys decided to make your world a bit more happy with their 100% handmade products spiced up with three simple and very important ingredients: friendship, love and care.
They use materials such as cotton, felt, wood and non toxic paints to stay in touch with nature as they believe its an important part of kids surrounding.
A Pinch toy becomes a multipurpose object that you can use to play, decor your personal space and develop your kiddos cognitive skills.
Janod is brand that believes in following a playful yet intelligent approach in designing wooden and cardboard toys that make every moment a learning-filled one.
Janod toys are multi-award winning, eco-friendly, internationally recognised.
These stylish, unique and fun wooden toys ensure that children have fun in a completely safe atmosphere!
As the world’s largest producer of wooden toys, Hape is clearly dependent on the use of natural materials. A full line of bamboo toys takes advantage of the special properties of this highly renewable material. Plastic parts are ensured durable enough to last for generations in order to encourage toys to be passed down rather than tossed out.
Hape has strategically considered surface treatment, energy consumption, and packaging options to minimize environmental impact and maximize efficiency. They have introduced key processes to ensure that the variety of by-products produced cause minimal impact to the environment. A water purification system utilizes limited or no chemicals to release the cleansed water back into circulation.
6. Green Toys
At its core, Green Toys Inc. has always been an eco-friendly toy company. Their commitment to sustainability and playfulness is part of their DNA and they hope to inspire others to share in this passion.
From our 100% recycled materials to our US-based manufacturing, they’re raising awareness about sustainability while delivering unquestionably safe products. They believe that the best way to encourage environmental change is through goods people buy and use every day—and in their case that’s children’s products.
They care about your kids – how they play, what they play with, and what the future holds. We are constantly exploring and innovating to deliver the best products possible for a playful planet for all.
7. Ever Earth
Ever Earth’s vision is to teach children and parents more about the environment we live in. That’s why all EverEarth products and business structure revolves around the notion of sustainability. Their toys are made from sustainable, certified wood. EverEarth is committed to preserving forests, and its activities include initiating the “Plant-a-tree” campaign. Their team works to further develop our company’s structure and make it greener and more sustainable every day. To achieve this goal, wthey use recyclable packaging, environmentally friendly toy shipment, the natural energy of the sun with the help of solar cells, and much more. EverEarth wants to inspire children and parents to get closer to nature, because sustainability and environmental awareness concern us all.
Bioserie uses a special blend of modified PLA (Polylactic Acid) that contains no petrochemical additives. Modifiers ensure Bioserie products to be non-brittle and heat resistant. Several years of research and development on bioplastic injection moulding technology allows for the best possible product quality and finish.
Bioserie toys contain 0% oil-based chemicals, because our raw materials are derived from plants, not oil. We also do not add any oil-based chemicals during the manufacturing process to “enhance” the performance or color of our product, because we developed our own manufacturing technology to achieve the performance level we need without resorting to any oil-based chemical “enhancers”.
Even the coloring materials we use are specially developed for biopolymers; they are based on sustainable raw materials and meet several global industry and composting standards, including EN 13432 (European Union), ASTM D6400 (USA), BPS GREENPLA (Japan) and DIN CERTCO (Germany). Furthermore, we don’t just assume those oil-based toxic chemicals are not there, our products are tested and certified by trusted third parties to be free of any oil-based chemicals.
Experience the mystery of magnets with Tegu. Brilliantly simple and premium heirloom-quality toy that will last for generations. Curiously attractive and perfect for those seeking toys supporting open-ended and unscripted play. Purposefully made in Honduras from sustainably sourced hardwoods. Tegu is committed to natural products and finishes with no lead, no plastic, non-toxic, water-based lacquer finish.
From our choice of pure natural rubber, 100% natural material known to man for over 3000 years, comes the name “caaocho” (pronounced “cah-ah-oh-choh”). “caaocho” is the word for “rubber” in South American Indian languages and means “weeping wood” from “caa” meaning “wood” and “ocho” meaning “weep”.
Caaocho’s passionate belief in surrounding babies with pure natural materials at every step of their lives. They drew on this inspiration and our extensive experience to create a line of 100% pure natural rubber toys and teethers that are safe, non-toxic, sensory and fun for babies to enjoy day after day. They design every toy to become baby’s loved play companion in playing happily on a playmat and splashing in the bath, squeezing the toys with their hands and putting little mouths on them.