We are very passionate about protecting the natural environment and are continuously working with our suppliers to make sure we source sustainable products wherever possible. Children are the new generation of gardeners and explorers so here are a few of our NEW Children’s Toy ranges to get your children excited to play outdoors – lookout for them in-store. You can also see our other sustainable news post that has more products that we have on offer.
Willsow – The First Ever Plantable Children’s Books
This is a family printing business, currently run by the 4th generation. They have created a range of plantable eco-friendly children’s books. Paper used is from postconsumer waste, bound with 100% natural cotton and printed with veg-based inks. Each story features a character, afterwards, you can plant the book and grow your very own character.
There is a range of 5 books – Carrot, Basil, Lettuce, and two new lines Dill and Parsley.
This is a range of 3D puzzle gardens for children. They build the puzzle then plant seeds to grow the ‘garden’ that features within the scene. There are also freestanding animals to build to accompany the scene so children can play and interact.
We have the full range:
Le Toy Van are ethically made wooden toys using repurposed Rubberwood trees that have reached the end of their natural latex-producing lives. The company is very green focussed with a strong sustainability policy – they are involved in conservation projects including ‘One Tree Planted’, their London HQ energy supply is now 100% renewable sources and they have a plastic-free policy which aims for 100% plastic-free packaging by the end of next year. The majority of their products are already compliant with this.
We have chosen products from 3 ranges which include:
- Petilou range (educational and baby) – Many of the designs are focused on flowers/gardens/vegetables. Hand-painted in bright colours.
- Honeybake (roleplay) – Items range from tea sets, food sets, kitchen equipment, and doctor sets.
- Trains, Cars & construction
The whole ethos of this company is to encourage children to get closer to nature and enjoy free, imaginative outdoor play. The company was created by two former forest school teachers. There is no single-use plastic, no batteries, and no complicated instructions, just bags of fun!
The kits we stock are:
- The Original Den Kit
- Pattern in Nature mini kit
- Bug Spotter mini kit
- Flower Press Kit
- Portable Potion Kit
- Make a Pizza for the birds kit