Do you sometimes get the impression that your house is invaded by your children’s toys? Do you sometimes feel completely lost on how to get rid of this quantity of toys they no longer want? In France, 40 millions of toys are thrown away each year.
How can we limit this amount of waste? Recycle it? Give it away? Here are some tips on how to reduce waste with the Zero waste lifestyle.
How can zero waste action can help you manage purchase and end-of-life of your toys?
Zero waste starts at purchase
Limiting one’s environmental footprint is the aim of the zero waste goal. The first key elements are: buying sustainable toys, reducing over-packaging, giving a second life to old objects or giving them. In the end, acting on the source generating waste is the only way to decrease the final amount of trash produced.
Choose your toys with zero waste
Toys should not be designed to break and dry out fast. Resistance to real-life use should be key in this industry, but low cost toys usually prefer low quality materials.
Fashionable/disposable toys have the same impact as fast fashion. We therefore invite you to consider 2 criteria:
2/ wealth of experience in the diversity of activities it can offer, as well as the recurring time spent on the toy
Our construction game Fabulabox for instance combines four different activities:
Consuming better is a good thing but durability sometimes reaches its limits. Because your children grew up or because toys are too damaged, you will have to get rid of them. But you do not have to throw everything away thanks to the zero waste lifestyle’ hacks!
If like our floor grounds, your toy is made from bioplastic, then it is biodegradable. It fully respects children’s health and the environment. As a consequence, you can simply put it underground in your garden! Be careful however not to throw it in the sorting bin because it will probably be sorted out to general waste.
Re-sell or give away your unused toys
This is a good example of acting to consume differently with the aim of reducing one’s waste and limiting over-production.In addition, there are many other ingenious ideas in order to recycle and give a second life to old toys. It is a great opportunity to do arts and crafts with your children! Do not hesitate to get inspiration from recycling tutorials online. We recommend the ones of “123 Go!” on Youtube.
You are Fabulous
No one adopts a zero waste lifestyle in a short time. What matters is the goal. Many good advices can be found online from families who have been through this path. One step at a time, will a giant impact for mankind.