The best eco-friendly gifts for kids
In today’s age, children are constantly bombarded with messages from advertisers to purchase the latest trendy toy. Finding eco-friendly alternatives can be quite daunting, as a visit to any department store, toy shop or supermarket will reveal countless aisles and shelves filled with inexpensive plastic toys and packaging.
But as we become more aware of the impact our actions have on the planet, it’s important to consider the gifts we give and their social and environmental impact. With this in mind, socially conscious gifts for kids are becoming increasingly popular, offering a positive impact on the planet and the gift recipient.
The importance of social conscious toys
Socially conscious toys play a vital role in teaching children about the world and promoting values related to sustainability, social responsibility, and global citizenship. These toys help children understand the impact of their actions on the environment and society, while also encouraging them to develop critical thinking skills and empathy for others.
By playing with socially conscious toys, children learn to appreciate the value of eco-friendly and sustainable practices, respect for diversity and different cultures, and the importance of giving back to society. In today’s world, where environmental and social challenges are becoming increasingly complex, it’s important to educate children from an early age on the importance of making ethical and sustainable choices.
Socially conscious toys are a powerful tool for achieving this goal, helping to shape the values and attitudes of the next generation.
Choosing the right gift
When it comes to buying socially conscious gifts, whether it is Christmas gifts, a holiday gift or birthday gifts, it’s important to consider the gift recipient’s interests and preferences. If you’re buying a gift for a child who loves art, consider eco-friendly art supplies made from recycled materials.
For kids who love to read, choose books that promote sustainability and environmental awareness. By tailoring your gift to the recipient, you can ensure that it’s meaningful, socially conscious and will be used for years to come.
In addition to choosing eco-friendly and sustainable gifts, it’s important to consider the packaging. Many companies now offer gift boxes that are made from recycled materials and are designed to be reused or recycled. By choosing these gift boxes, you’re reducing waste and promoting sustainability.
It’s time to look out for toys that offer deep play value while supporting companies that are enacting positive change in the world.
Educational toys made of recycled and sustainable materials
One of the best ways to ensure your gifts are eco-friendly and sustainable is by choosing products made from recycled materials. Our Green-n-Learn® and Green-n-Play® ranges are an excellent example of this because they are made from 100% recycled materials and are designed to promote STEM learning in children.
Green-n-Learn® and Green-n-Play® begin our journey to becoming fully sustainable at Edx Education. Decreasing waste, using greener material and embracing recycling is the future outlook for Edx Education. The toys are colourful, fun and educational, making them a great gift for kids of all ages.
- Green-n-Learn® Whales Story Counters Set are made from recycled plastic and are designed to help kids learn about whales and their behaviour. They’re a great gift for kids who love animals and the environment. Not only are they eco-friendly and sustainable, but they also have a positive impact by encouraging kids to learn about the world around them.
- Green-n-Learn® Tactile Shells Activity Set is a great gift option for kids. These natural toys are made from ethically sourced materials and are designed to encourage imaginative play. They’re perfect for kids who love the outdoors and exploring nature. Ideal to teach early number concepts, such as sorting, matching, comparing, sequencing, patterning, and counting.
- Green-n-Play® Sand Play Set is made from recycled plastic. The Sand Play Set helps children learn through play with experimentation, observation, measuring, counting and moulding activities that are fun! A high quality outdoor and indoor play set that has been designed to withstand the rigour of both school and home use.
By choosing these products as socially conscious gifts, you’re not only giving a gift that’s packed with purpose but also helping to reduce waste and carbon emissions.
Donation gifts have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering a unique and meaningful way to give back. One such option is sponsoring an animal, such as a tiger or panda. This type of gift allows the recipient to support conservation efforts for endangered species, while also receiving updates and information about their sponsored animal.
Or you can donate to keep a girl in school, donate a bicycle to a child in need, donate a cow to a village, donate emergency food, donate chickens or ducks, donate avocado trees, donate a solar panel, donate corn or potatoes, or a climate conscious bundle – the list is almost endless!
Donation gifts like this are typically provided by reputable organisations that use the funds for important conservation work, making it a gift that has a positive impact beyond just the gift recipient. And because you receive regular updates, it will last long past the holiday season.
We believe the toy industry needs to go the extra mile to “be authentic” and deliver what truly matters to families; education, diversity and sustainability.
Ethical Gifts and Trade Gifts
If you’re looking for a gift set that’s packed with purpose, ethical gift boxes are a great option. These gift boxes contain a variety of eco-friendly and sustainable products, such as reusable straws, organic cotton clothing, and natural beauty products. By choosing this ethical gift idea, you’re giving a gift that’s both thoughtful and environmentally conscious.
Trade gifts are another great option for socially conscious gift-givers. These gifts are made by artisans and craftspeople around the world and are sold through fair trade organisations. By purchasing these products, you’re supporting the livelihoods of people in developing countries and helping to promote sustainable economic development. By choosing these, you’re supporting social enterprises that work to create positive change in the world.
Edx Education is fully engaged in working towards a better sustainable future in toy manufacturing and business practices.
It’s important to feel good about the gifts you give. By choosing socially conscious gifts for kids, you’re not only promoting positive change in the world but also setting an example for the next generation. Kids who grow up receiving eco-friendly and sustainable gifts are more likely to value these principles as they grow older. By giving conscious gifts, you’re making a difference in the world and creating a brighter future for everyone.
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