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Day 22 of Plastic Free July - Toys!
90% of toys are made out of plastic and this has become huge environmental problem. The fact is, even if you've been a dutiful recycler your whole life, most toys still end up in landfills because they're made of too many different materials and are just too difficult to recycle. The good news is, are pretty empathetic and open-minded, if we teach them about the environmental dangers we are facing early on they might just help you out on this plastic free adventure! Here are some options you can try out with the in your life:
1. Sustainable toys
There are so many plastic free toys out there. Our favorites are made out of wood! Recently, A lot more toy companies are popping up that offer plastic-free toys or toys that follow the closed-loop ststem. Read up on the toys you want to give to your and choose the ones you think are the best and safest.
This may not be a plastic free option, but exchanging toys with other prevents them from having to buying new ones. Try to set up a local network of (neighbors, friends, classmates) that you can organize swaps with. You can also buy toys yourself from second hand stores. It's a great way to reuse the plastic toys that are already out there, rather than buying new ones, plus it saves you a lot of money!
Donate toys that are still in good condition to local shelters, preschools or second hand stores. It's a great way to make sure your old toys get reused instead of sent to a landfill while also helping less fortunate families have access to toys for their own .
4. Make your own memories!
Create art together, teach them the joys of reading and writing or take them on outdoor adventures. All of these activities spark their imaginations and are healthy/educational alternatives to a room full of toys!