My son has just turned 2 this weekend. Hip hip hooray! We had an awesome little party and I was very grateful to have our family together. I was also happy to see that Logan got a lot of sustainable presents. A wooden workbench, a wooden tractor, a wooden puzzle and high quality toy cars mad of recycled plastic.
It seems like such a big difference with last year when he was gifted ‘baby toys’ like stuffed animals and rattles.
Speaking of which, do you know where stuffed animals or plushies are made of? Because I didn’t! And since I’m being so aware of the clothes I’m wearing it got me wondering what all those teddybears are made of?
I mean, I especially want to keep harmful substances away from my son. And since they have bean found in baby- and children’s clothes of non sustainable brands; what about the toys?
Less on labels
I got out a few old baby toys to have a closer look at their labels. I found a soft, fabric ball from Woezel and Pip without extra info. I also got hold on a stuffed Bumba doll which according to the label was made in China. My son also has a stuffed animal which can be converted in to a pillow. It’s made of chenille plush fabric with polyester fiber stuffing.
When I was a little girl I remember wearing chenille scarfs and sweaters when they were a fashion trend. I suppose the origin of chenille comes from a synthetic source?
This is what Wikipedia had to say about it:
“The chenille yarn is manufactured by placing short lengths of yarn, called the “pile”, between two “core yarns” and then twisting the yarn together. The edges of these piles then stand at right angles to the yarn’s core, giving chenille both its softness and its characteristic look. Chenille will look different in one direction compared to another, as the fibers catch the light differently. Chenille can appear iridescent without actually using iridescent fibers. The yarn is commonly manufactured from cotton, but can also be made using acrylic, rayon and olefin.”
Polyester finds his origin in natural gas or oil (fossil). So a no no on the sustainability scale I guess. When I searched online for sustainable toys, I did find a lot of brands who do use sustainable materials when producing their toys. It’s the same as with clothes. They cost more but are way better for you and the environment.
Treehugger has a great article on sustainable toy brands: “11 baby toys that are green, sustainable and too cute to resist.”
What are your favorite sustainable toy brands? Please share 😉
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Mandy is a 31 year old librarian, mom of a toddler, wife of a graphic designer and owner of cat named Sprite. Read more about her as she takes baby steps on the path towards a more sustainable, minimalistic and mindful lifestyle. Follow more of Mandy and Logan's adventures on momMandy