Mamatoyz: What should you do with used toys?
There comes a time in every child’s growing up when we look at the toys they’ve accumulated and we have to make decisions about what will happen next with them. Our biggest priority is to ensure the happiness of our children and of course, saying goodbye to toys can be difficult but is part of the developmental process and can provide some wonderful teaching moments. In this article, we’re going to cover everything from how to speak to your child about moving toys to how to dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way!
Why should you consider the disposal of toys?
There have been many studies on how the impact of disorganisation and clutter in our homes impacts our well-being and happiness. Toys can often, and quite suddenly, become an overwhelming part of our lives when we have children. Friends and families enjoy gifting as well as ourselves wanting to give our little ones everything their heart desires. Then we wake up one day and feel a little overwhelmed by the number of toys that have entered our homes. Not only does moving these toys bring a sense of order, focus and positivity back into our homes but it can also benefit our children. They’re often moving and reaching milestones quicker than we would like and keeping their toys relevant to these milestones will help them continue moving in a healthy direction.
What is the environmental impact of toy disposal?
‘Toys is a $90 billion industry. $300 billion if games are included. The toy industry uses 40 tons of plastic for every $1 million in revenues and is the most plastic-intensive industry in the world. 90% of the toys on the market are made of plastic.’
Due to the plastic quantity in most mainstream toys, the industry is the most plastic-intensive industry across the world. Although we all are aware of the detrimental impact that plastic has on the environment many of us aren’t aware of how much of a contribution toys have. Due to the intricacies of parts of toys, plastic is deemed the best choice, but this isn’t always the case and many manufacturers are trying to move towards healthier material alternatives. No matter how conscious we are in our own homes, family members and friends might gift us more plastic heavy items than we would like so it’s important that we do look into how we can be responsible when it’s time to move these pieces on.
When do you know it's time to move a toy on?
There are a few reasons you might wish to think about moving a toy on. Your child might have grown out of the age range, the toy might have broken components or be worn out making it unsafe, and your child might have lost interest in the toy, among many other reasons. You’ll know when it’s time to consider moving those toys on to keep your little one happily interacting and stimulated. When toys don’t fulfil this criterion, it’s time to think about making those changes.
What options do you have when moving toys on?
If a toy is in a safe and working condition, toys can be given to family or friends or a local charity or school for others to enjoy them. If a toy is in an unusable condition then it needs to be completely disposed of. Some toys can be broken down and parts recycled whilst other parts will, unfortunately, have to be thrown away.
How can your choices make a difference?
By considering what happens to these toys or their components when moving them on, we all make a conscious effort to do more and better for our environment. These choices now impact the future our children have. Not only are we teaching our children important lessons by involving them in this task but we’re working towards building a healthier future for them too.
How do you explain to your little one about toys leaving the home?
Depending on the age of your children will depend on what level of understanding they will have about this, but it’s important not to hide these things from them. By explaining to them the why and the reasoning especially when gifting gives your little one an important grounding for their future. A great way to explain to your children about why these toys will be leaving the home is by telling them honestly why the decision has been made along with involving them in where they go next.
What can the removal of toys do for the feeling in a home?
Although your little one might not understand at this time, but in the future (maybe when they have their own family!) they’ll understand that having an organised and clear space at home brings a light and positive energy for everyone to enjoy. It can also bring some excitement to your little one for having control over their space and inviting the opportunity for more things to come into their home.
Disposing of toys can be difficult but it can also be greatly rewarding for the whole family. By making conscious efforts to dispose of these toys in the most responsible manner as well, we can feel positive that we are helping contribute to a healthier world.
If you’re looking for more environmentally friendly options in the toy department, be sure to check out the Mamatoyz range!