There has been recall after recall of toys from China being laced with lead and other hazardous materials. That being said, we feel very strongly that we do not want our child to have your normal plastic toys from China that may or may not have hazardous materials/chemicals in them. Or toys that use batteries only to be dumped in a landfill to seep into the groundwater.
There are a lot of options out there these days and I have included some links to some websites below. Wooden toys, bamboo, organic cotton, rubber and recycled plastic bottle toys are a great options.
Rubber trees produce latex that is then used to make rubber. When the trees fully mature, they no longer produce latex and are burned. Some toys companies are now taking this abandoned rubberwood and making beautiful toys. Many of these trees are also grown without pesticides, making them organic as well as sustainable.
Bamboo is a sustainable tall grass that grows abundantly and without need for much care or water. An entire forest can regenerate in just three short years. Easy to grow and easy to maintain, bamboo is also light, flexible and a wonderful material from which to craft green toys.
Organic cotton is cotton that is grown without the use of harmful pesticides. Organic cotton is also grown using plants that have not been genetically modified. The growth of conventional cotton uses more pesticides than any other crop and accounts for a large percentage of the world’s pesticide use. The use of organic cotton reduces the amount of these chemicals entering the watershed and also from irritating your child’s skin.
Manufacturers that make recycled toys use materials that have been previously utilized and then turn them into new playthings. Some companies, such as Green Toys, are using recycled plastic from used milk jugs and making colorful, safe, and fun preschool toys such as tea sets and beach buckets.