I’ve written a lot on this blog about ways we try to go green, and while I was still pregnant about my frustration with all the ‘stuff’ that is marketed to parents and pregnant women with the false sense that you need to have this or that.
One thing that especially bothers me is the plastic toys. All I can think of is their staying power in the landfill and how most parents probably don’t bother to try and dispose of them in an environmentally responsible was – like giving them to a thrift shop, passing them on to another parent, etc. Something that especially annoys me is the amount of cheap plastic crap that is sold at dollar and discount stores. I mean that plastic Fisher Price bike is one thing, because it will at least last through at least a couple of kids use before it ultimately breaks and ends up in the landfill. But those chintzy push cars and little bikes sold on the cheap? Yeah, you’ll be lucky if they last through your first kid.
Now, I’m not going to act like our house is some sort of plastic toy free utopia and we prance around in our organic cotton clothing playing with toys made from sustainable wood and bamboo. No, like every other household in America, we have plastic toys. One of Ivy’s current favorites is her Little Tykes farm playhouse. And guess what? It’s All plastic. Unless you are rolling in the $ (hey that wooden shit is expensive!) and never receive a gift from anyone, it’s hard to exist without plastic toys.
But that’s not to say that we don’t do our best. We have a lot of wooden stuff, and we try our best not to purchase brand new plastic stuff. Contrary to what my husband thinks, we are not overrun by toys. Aside from the Fisher Price busy ball popper which I am dying to get for Ivy, we try not to buy a ton of new stuff, figuring she will receive most of her toys as gifts. I like to think that Ivy’s tiny carbon footprint will not grow to an epic proportion.