Sustainable Living: Best Eco Friendly Baby Gifts
If you want to make more environmentally-friendly choices when it comes to gifting toys, you’ve come to the right place! All of our toys are made from 100% recycled plastic previously at risk of going on the trash heap or into the ocean.
As well as being ethical and sustainable, our toys are also non-toxic, free from chemicals, and made with no sharp edges or metal axles - making them the safest option for babies and young children.
Read on to find out more about sustainable gifting and browse 7 of our favourite eco friendly baby toys.
Eco Friendly Gifts: What? Why? How?
There’s more to sustainable gifting than you might think, so we thought we’d give you a quick rundown to help you understand the whats and whys before you buy!
What is a green gift?
Green gifting is about choosing gifts that have a minimal impact on the environment. When browsing for presents, here are some things to consider if you want to gift green:
1. The packaging: Choose items boxed in sustainable and recyclable materials (we are the proud owners of a Greener Packaging Award!)
2. The brand: Greenwashing is real! To avoid it, look for brands that are specific and transparent about their sustainable credentials (like the ‘100% recycled plastic’ label on all of our toys)
3. The gift: Opt for items made from ethically sourced and environmentally-friendly materials (such as recycled milk jugs!)
Why is sustainable gifting important?
According to a 2021 poll by Card Factory, adults give an average of 32 gifts a year. That means the average person will buy more than 1900 gifts over their adult lifetime.
Sustainable gifting is crucial if we want to reduce waste and avoid these items going to landfill (which is where a lot of gifts eventually end up). You can do your bit to look after our planet by choosing gifts that are made from eco friendly materials and are recyclable or biodegradable.
How do you give an eco friendly gift?
From the wrapping to the present itself, there is lots you can do to gift more sustainably, such as:
- Using recyclable wrapping paper or brown parcel paper
- Swapping Sellotape for biodegradable paper tape
- Turning worn-out clothes into recycled fabric ribbons
- Making your own gift tag from an old birthday card
- Finding gifts that are made from recycled materials or can be recycled
- Choosing long-lasting items that will be enjoyed for years to come
7 Eco Baby Gifts For New Parents
Is your friend, colleague, sister or cousin about to welcome a gorgeous little bubba to the world? These eco friendly baby gifts are ideal if you’re looking for a thoughtful baby shower or newborn pressie.
Twist Toy Teether
A lot of teething toys are made from nasty plastics, but the Green Toys Twist Teether is made from 100% recycled, BPA-free milk bottles. Little hands can easily grasp this uniquely shaped teething toy, which has been crafted with some textured charms in a variety of shapes for sensory play. Suitable from birth.
Sustainable Baby Toys Starter Set
Beautifully boxed in recycled cardboard, our Eco Baby Toys Starter Set comes with three toys in one. Youngsters can soothe sore gums on the four-piece First Keys teether, splash around at bathtime with the Stacking Cups, and work on their fine motor skills with the push-along Elephant-on-Wheels. For 6+ months.
Tugboat Bath & Water Toy
Young sailors can navigate the wavy waters of the bathtub with the Green Toys Tugboat! Great in the bath or at the beach, our Tugboat Bath Toy has a wide spout for scooping and pouring water and a chunky handle for little hands to practise their grasping skills. For 6+ months.
Stacking Toy Train
The Green Toys Train has left the station! Packed full of activities, our 12-piece Stack & Sort Toy Train is just the ticket for boosting babies’ dexterity, hand-eye coordination, colour recognition and sorting skills. It comes with a train engine, a cargo car with four stacking pieces inside, and a shape sorter car with a detachable roof. For 6+ months.
Rattle Keys Sensory Toy
Chomp and chew, or shake, rattle and hold! Babies love keys, but instead of Mum or Dad handing over theirs, you can gift them with a set of their own. These brightly coloured Baby Rattle Keys swing freely on a lightweight ring and feature a range of shapes and textures to tempt teething tots. Suitable from birth.
Shape sorters are excellent for enhancing children’s fine motor skills, problem-solving abilities and shape and colour recognition. Sized perfectly for small hands, our eye-catching Shape Sorter Toy features nine play pieces, including stars, circles, squares and triangles, which easily slot into the cut-out sections on the two-part sorter. For 6+ months.
There’s no better sound than a baby’s giggle, and watching these Baby Stacking Cups topple over can be a rib-tickling affair for tiny tots! Then as they grow and develop their grasp and release skills, they’ll be able to stack and knock over the cups themselves, providing hours of entertainment. Parents can also bring the cups along to bathtime and enjoy some scoop-and-pour play with their littlen. For 6+ months.