Our Move Towards Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Toys
We’re shining a spotlight on how we’re making our toys more sustainable and eco-friendly this World Habitat Day. Organised by the United Nations, this year’s World Habitat Day theme is accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world.
Did you know that cities are responsible for 70% of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions? Transport, buildings, energy, and waste management are the worst culprits for urban greenhouse gas emissions.
The future of the Earth depends on national, regional and local governments and organisations, communities, academic institutions, the private sector and all relevant stakeholders to work as a team to create sustainable, carbon-neutral cities and towns.
If we can make children’s toys more sustainable and eco-friendly, we can help to reduce the carbon footprint of cities and towns across the globe. Having sustainable toys is more important than ever before, even more so since the United Nations released their shocking report on climate change in August.
FSC Certified Toys
We have a wide range of sustainable toys and gifts for kids and toddlers. Our FSC Range is made from 100% responsibly sourced wood in association with the Forest Stewardship Council and helps to combat deforestation.
Green Toys are made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs and are passionate about instigating environmental change through eco-friendly play.
We also recently launched our eco-friendly silicone range of buckets, spades and flyers for sustainable playtime. Explore why we are moving towards more sustainable and eco-friendly toys.
Bigjigs Toys Wooden Toys
When choosing wood for our toys, we thoroughly assess the quality and durability to guarantee years of play. A majority of our wooden train sets, for example, are made from sustainably sourced rubberwood.
Rubberwood is a byproduct of latex production and recycling this wood reduces waste. We want our toys to stand the test of time, and manufacturing from wood gives the next generation the full value of a wonderful resource.
The FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) is a global non-profit organisation that promotes responsible forestry. The FSC® has a global forest certification system that’s made up of Forest Management and Chain of Custody to ensure the wood is responsibly farmed.
To know which of our products are FSC® certified, look out for the FSC® logo. This shows that the highest level of protection for endangered species and natural forests has been achieved. All wood marked with the iconic FSC® “tree tick” logo has come from responsibly managed sites.
Why are Bigjigs Toys using FSC®?
We want our wooden toys to have maximum play value to last for generations. To ensure that future generations can enjoy the benefits of lovely forests, we make sure that our wood is sustainably sourced. Sustainable toy options for our customers means we can secure a future with forests. You can read more about our FSC range here.
We recently launched our sustainable silicone toys that include frisbees and buckets as well as spades made from wheat fibre. Silicone is a much safer alternative to plastic - it’s a mix of synthetic rubbers and plastic polymers. It contains silica, which is naturally derived from sand quartz.
Silicone is better compared to single-use plastics as it’s recyclable and is also ocean-friendly as it doesn’t disintegrate into tiny pieces. When burned, it also doesn’t create any toxins. Silicone is resistant to extreme temperatures, water and stains - it’s also extremely flexible and malleable, so makes a fun (and somewhat indestructible) toy! Read more about silicone here.
We are proud to distribute Green Toys, eco-friendly toys produced in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs. Plastic milk jugs are food-safe and free from harmful chemicals, making them safe for children to play with, suck and chew.
Green Toys don’t use batteries, screws or glue in their toys as that makes the toys mixed materials, which mostly end up in landfills. Green Toys’ single material usage makes it easier for parents to recycle toys their children have outgrown.
All Green Toys products are BPA, PVC and Phthalate free and come in recyclable packaging. Read more about Green Toys here.
The Plastic Tax
A new tax is coming into force in the UK from April 2022, the Plastic Packaging Tax. It’s a new tax that will apply to plastic packaging manufactured or imported into the UK that doesn’t have at least 30% recycled plastic.
The aim of this tax is to increase the use of recycled plastic in plastic packaging. As a result, the use of recycled plastic in packaging could increase by around 40%. This can save nearly 200,000 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2022-2023 based on current carbon factors.
Goodbye Plastic Packaging
Our designers do what they can to reduce plastic parts and components and make our toys more sustainable. Consequently, we have very little plastic in our product or packaging and our designers are tasked at using plastic as the absolute last resort.
If we can produce a component as strong as we need it in another material, we will. If we can cleverly engineer cardboard to protect a product we will always use it. We are committed to doing what we can and are conscious of our environmental responsibility.
What Changes Will You Make?
Feeling inspired to shop more sustainably? Share your favourite eco-friendly Bigjigs Toys with us @bigjigstoys