When I first became a parent, over ten years ago, the choices when it came to baby things were just so different to what they are now. For those of you that don’t know, I had my third (and final) child in December last year, so a ten year gap between my youngest and eldest. The toys, clothes, and baby accessories back in the day were bright, bold, and made of hard plastic! There are so many more options available now, which come in more subtle and muted colours, wooden toys and baby accessories, as well as toys made from biodegradable and sustainable materials; not even sure the latter was a mainstream word ten years ago.
Speaking of toys that are made from sustainable materials and are fully recyclable, let me introduce you to Dantoy. They have a range of toys to choose from, including their popular bioplastic line. This is a range of toys that are plastic, but are environmentally-friendly as the plastic they are made from comes from sugar cane, a 100% sustainable raw material, and means that the toys are free from dangerous chemicals and are biodegradable and environmentally-friendly.
So bioplastic in the toys sounds great, right? Being good for the planet and everything. But what exactly is it? Bioplastics are a large family of different materials, not just from one material. They comprise a range of materials that all have different properties and applications. In this case, it is sugar cane. For something to be classed as a bioplastic material, then it means that it has to be either biobased, biodegradable, or both of those. So you won’t see that label on something unless it counts, so you know you’re choosing a toy that is going to be good for the planet.
Toy Car Garage
The toy car garage that we have been using is super cute. One of the first things I was impressed by was by just how light the garage is. Similar things that we have had in the house before that were made from just regular hard plastic, were just so heavy and bulky. Due to the materials it is made from, it is really light, which when little hands are using it (from 12 months and over) is only a good thing, if you ask me. It isn’t flimsy at all, though. It’s still solid and well made, just light to hold and carry around.
I like that the car garage is in more muted colour tones that you might find with other toys. The cars work well and they are the right size for small hands to ‘brum’ them around. The doors and parts are fully moveable, so your little one can get creative with their play. And bonus, it can even go straight in your dishwasher!
The toy garage costs £28.95 currently on Amazon. I don’t think this is too unreasonable of a price for a child’s toy, especially one that is made from sustainable and biodegradable materials. There are a lot of bioplastic toys from Dantoy with varying price ranges, so there will be something for you if this one isn’t.
It is a toy that not only ticks all the boxes for being hands-on and helping their fine motor skills and imagination, but is good for the environment too; what is not to love?
Have you heard of Dantoy before? It would be great to hear what you think.
*This was given in exchange for a honey review. All words and opinions are my own.