SUSTAINABLE TOYS (PART 2). TOYS WITH VALUES
In recent times, sustainability is becoming fashionable.
There are already many people who, by conviction or aesthetics, carry a reusable water bottle with monstrous prints up and down.
But sustainability goes far beyond generating waste, sustainability goes from principles, lifestyle, but above all, values.
Values in toys
The values are acquired throughout the life and the experiences lived but, those that most integrated we have, are those that we learn when we are small.
For children, the whole world is learning and, in this process, the family, school and the “tribe” play a key role.
This environment is responsible for transmitting values to the adults of the future and one of the best tools we have to do is the game. According to these premises, we could say that a toy should be:
- Cooperative: in order to avoid competition and promote collaboration to achieve the same objective. These are games that prepare children for teamwork, to share objective spaces and also discrepancies with classmates. Cooperative toys promote respect, a very important value both towards the environment, the others and ourselves.
- Inclusive: it allows the play of all children regardless of skin color, social origin or physical and intellectual abilities. In life there are not two equal people and children naturally accept any difference, so that, favoring this innate inclusiveness of children, we will lay the foundations of a fair and unprejudiced society.
- No gender: any toy should be able to be used by children regardless of their sex. Remember that both boys and girls have hands, feet, imagination and curiosity. We must strive to avoid adults being the ones who favor differences between boys and girls by prioritizing the interests and taste of each creature, instead of their sex, when choosing a toy.
Before acting, think
And now, we encourage you to exercise awareness and respect towards the child you want to make the gift.
Stop at the toy shelf and, before heading directly to a type or color, think about the person to whom it is intended. Forget for a moment how to say it and if it is a girl or a child. What do you like to do? What are your interests? When you have these answers, then yes, you choose a real gift, a gift that makes you really excited because you have been thinking about him / her.
So, remember, before leaving to fill bags and empty cards, think that sustainability speaks of design, production, education and people but, above all, it speaks of values.
Healthy children in a healthy world
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Marta Sas. Environmental Sciencies Ld., I’ve always liked communication, spaghetti and walking barefoot.
After specializing in sustainability and circular economics, in 2017 I founded sAlix. Accompany local entities, entities and people on the path towards a more sustainable lifestyle and consumption model and environmentize events.