Keep the nasties away from your kids and the planet!
As good parents, we are often looking for ways we can teach our children to be more environmentally conscious, while also providing them with a safe and nurturing environment to grow up in. Whether it’s our choice of household products and buying habits (no plastic, m goi!) or the lessons we actively give them, our kids learn about sustainability through us. But what about toys? What can you do as a parent to reduce plastic use and find non-toxic toys for your child to play with that also encourage growth and creativity? Well, thankfully there are now plenty of eco-conscious and safe toys for kids of all ages to play with that are available right here in Hong Kong, or are just a click away online. Sassy Mama has rounded up the most reliable shops with the best eco-conscious brands to consider on your next toy shopping excursion.
Tree Children’s Lodge exists to bring what it calls “the best natural, beautiful, safe, and durable toys and crafts to Hong Kong”. Its engaging toy and craft collection is made from natural materials that nurture the mind as much as they take care of the Earth. Tree Children’s Lodge carries reputable and durable brands, many from Europe, such as Plan Toys, Camden Rose and a variety of Waldorf wooden toys. Additionally, it also carries dolls by Dolls4Tibet. Handcrafted by women in Tibet or India, many who are often refugees, Dolls4Tibet helps these women to learn new skills and create income for themselves and their families. With a wide variety of baby, toddler and child eco-friendly toys to choose from, Tree Children’s Lodge is sure to have something for every eco-conscious mama.
Tree Children’s Lodge, Unit 18-A, Vulcan House, 21-23 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Petit Bazaar offers some truly innovative and imaginative toys for babies and children across both its locations on Hong Kong Island and online. It has its own range of eco-friendly sourced toys, such as Pop-Up Collages in which kids can build and put together a scene with characters and props made from recycled cardboard and non-toxic vegetable-based inks. Petit Bazaar also stocks lots of wooden toys and dollhouses that are all made with sustainably harvested wood and topped with non-toxic water-based varnishes. It carries World Wildlife Federation (WWF) stuffed animals that meet the strictest environmental and social criteria for production. What’s more, with each purchase of a WWF toy, a portion of the proceeds will go to your local WWF conservation efforts. New mamas, there is also a registry if you want to pass a few hints around for baby shower gift ideas.
Petit Bazaar, 80 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2528 0229
Petit Bazaar, 9 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2544 2255, www.petit-bazaar.com
Read more: How To Introduce Your Kids To Sustainability
Petit Tippi is an online shop based here in Hong Kong which aims to provide Hong Kong parents with easy access to safe, sustainable, innovative and eco-friendly toys for babies. It has a showroom in Sai Ying Pun that’s currently only available by appointment for online order pick-ups and workshops but there are plans for a physical shop in the future. The list of brands that Petit Tippi carries is lengthy, so you’re sure to find whatever toy you’re looking for, as well any other eco-friendly baby-related supplies you might need too.
Little Beans Toy Chest is the creation of a Vietnamese mama, living in Hong Kong, who wanted more for her own kids in terms of creative and eco-friendly toys. This online-only shop carries a variety of wooden toys but what really makes Little Beans Toy Shop special are its Quiet Books, made for toddlers and kids up to the age of five. They are interactive (and washable) and are handmade with felt material, zippers, Velcro and other items for kids to interact with. The books themselves are handcrafted by women with the support of Bright Solutions Vietnam which helps to empower underprivileged women in Vietnam. Little Beans Toy Chest accepts custom orders so you can personalise a Quiet Book for your child or have a custom playmat made for your baby too!
Biva is a Hong Kong-based concept store for kids that focuses on functional, eco-friendly, stylish and colourful toys of top-notch quality. Some of the sustainable brands that Biva carries include HAPE, which specialises in toys made from sustainable materials; Eco Vessel, for safe and reusable food and drink containers for kids; as well as Guidecraft, which makes wood-based STEM toys.
Apple Park originated in the US with a mission to create sustainable, eco-friendly and safe products for babies and children. From rattles, teethers, soothers, clothing and more, it makes products that are hypoallergenic, organic and free from chemicals, all while coming from sustainable sources. Apple Park doesn’t have a physical shop here in Hong Kong, but you can order off the website and you can also find its products at a few common baby/kid retailers here in town.
Seedling is a New Zealand-based company that has become popular in Hong Kong for its original and creative products for toddlers and kids (all made and packed with recycled or recyclable materials). From crafts to costumes, STEAM toys to puzzles and more, Seedling has something fun for every child. With an online shop, head office for order pick-ups, as well as having its stock distributed across other toy shops in Hong Kong, it’s easy to get your hands on Seedling’s fun products.
Unit Bricks are perfect for nurturing future architects and engineers with their sustainably harvested wood STEM toys. These toys contain zero plastic and are assembled using organic non-toxic glues. Kids can build bridges, buildings and more with Unit Bricks’ dynamic and unique sets. These quality toy sets are intended to last lifetimes and be passed down through generations of fun, learning and play. You can buy Unit Bricks online or at its showroom in Sheung Wan.
Toys Club is a popular toy store in Hong Kong that carries nearly everything. While many of their brands are not eco-friendly, it does have a large selection of wooden toys for purchase and also carries plenty from sustainable brands like HAPE and Melissa and Doug. With an online shop and two locations on Hong Kong island, Toys Club is a convenient one-stop shop for toys.
Toys Club, 1913 Horizon Plaza, 2 Lei Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, 2836 0875
Toys Club, Rm A-C, 5/F, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 2167 8474, www.itoysclub.com