Is there such a thing as eco-friendly play?

If you have young children in your life, I’m guessing you’re like me and still want to give toys and games as gifts, that enhance development and spark their natural curiosity and imagination. Is there such a thing as eco-friendly play?

As a mother of a toddler, I understand and am working to offer a way to still do that while minimising the negative effect on the environment wherever possible by only selling eco-friendly toys, games, and products.

Environment and eco-friendly consumerism are my number one focus in life and business!

For example, in business, for a product to make it into my online store, it’s not good enough to ‘just’ be eco-friendly; it needs to be made by a brand that only produces eco-friendly products.

🌿 Therefore, sourcing 100% eco-friendly brands with no exceptions is my point of difference! 🌿

When you purchase your eco-friendly play toys from me, not only are you going to provide hours of learning and fun but also help preserve our planet for the future of our little ones, and their little ones.

When founding this business, my vision was (and very much still is) to set a higher standard for sustainability in the online shopping space. There are so many toys and baby gifts on the market, but at Eco Chicos, I seek out brands that are committed to ethical and sustainable manufacturing practices.

If they can tick this box, a brand then needs to meet my material requirements. 

Natural Materials for a Better World 🌍

I pride myself on stocking eco-friendly play toys made from materials that are kind to the environment and safe for your children. Here are just a few examples of the materials I seek in products, and why I believe in them:

🌿 100% Organic Cotton: I source toys made from organic cotton, which is grown without pesticides and from seeds that have not been genetically modified. Why you ask? Because the organic farming practices used to ensure that harmful chemicals are avoided, creating a safer and healthier product for your little ones.

🌿 FSC Certified Wood: I believe in the importance of sustainably managed forests, which is why I stock toys made from FSC certified wood. This certification ensures that the products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social, and economic benefits. By choosing FSC certified wood, you’re supporting sustainable forestry practices and helping to protect our planet’s precious resources.

🌿 100% Natural Rubber: The toys you see at Eco Chicos are made from natural rubber and is biodegradable. By using natural rubber, we reduce the demand for synthetic plastics and contribute to a healthier and more sustainable future.

🌿 Silicone: I believe that silicone is a safer alternative to plastic. Silicone is derived from silica, a raw material found abundantly in nature. The manufacturing process converts silica into pure silicone by heating it to extremely high temperatures and adding oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen. Silicone is not only safer for human health but also more environmentally friendly compared to traditional plastic.

🌿 Bamboo: I love bamboo for its sustainability and versatility. Bamboo is a fast-growing plant that produces more oxygen and absorbs more carbon dioxide than trees. Unlike hardwood, which takes decades to mature, bamboo reaches maturity in just a few years, making it a highly renewable resource. Additionally, bamboo requires no pesticides or chemicals to encourage its growth, further reducing its environmental impact.

On top of these specifics, I believe the below values guide the journey for Eco Chicos.

These are:

🌿 Kindness: Prioritise kindness towards us, others, and the environment.

🌿 Usefulness: Our toys are not only fun but also educational, helping children develop their skills while teaching them about environmental awareness.

🌿 Mindful Parenting: I understand the importance of mindful parenting and strive to support parents, grandparents, and others in making eco-friendly choices for their children.

🌿 Positivity: Spreading positivity and optimism is a choice I make every day. By choosing sustainable toys and embracing eco-friendly practices, we can make a difference and create a brighter future for our children.

To bring this all together, I commit to YOU and the planet on these 3 points:

⭐ To provide YOU with options for eco-friendly toys and gift choices so you can choose to provide eco-friendly play in your house.

⭐ To only stock superior quality natural products for babies and children, ensuring that your little ones have safe, and saving your hip pocket with durable toys that will last.

⭐ And to do our utmost for the environment by sourcing 100% eco-friendly brands, and where possible, Australian-made products.

I’ll end with a little reminder, this blog embodies the environment through what I do, how I source, and the values I carry with Eco Chicos. And it’s only fitting to mention that during Plastic Free July, making the smallest change to reduce plastic pollution, can make the biggest impact for our future.

So, I end with an invitation to join us on this mission to create more play for little ones with an environmental purpose.