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.
SUSTAINABLE TOYS (PART I). TOYS FOR ALL
We talk about consumption and sustainability. From consumerism, that system of irresponsible and unrealized consumption, the enemy of sustainability. And to say that one of the best things we can do to move towards a more sustainable consumption model is to bet on responsible and very conscious consumption.
But Christmas comes and we have little ones at home and we want the Kings to bring toys and gifts and the Tió and the Kings from home to the grandparents and the kids and … In this case, the best we can do is make sense And weigh in the economy, in our pocket.
Hopefully, when we buy a toy, we make it so that it is used for a long time. But often, the expectations are truncated by the little interest that arouses, due to the change in the child’s tastes, or simply because it breaks down after four days.
So what do we do? Buy again another game that will last very little. And so, friends, it’s like the houses fill with stuff that make us waste space and money.