The 3 Pillars of Wooden Toys: Durability, Sustainability, Safety

The benefits of opting for wooden over plastic are not just sentimental—they are tangible and backed by statistics that emphasize durability, sustainability, and safety.

The Durability of Wooden Toys

Wooden toys are more than just timeless pieces; they are sturdy artifacts designed to endure. A study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission indicates that wooden toys are significantly less likely to break compared to their plastic counterparts. This robustness ensures that they can be enjoyed by multiple children over several years, thereby reducing the need to purchase replacements frequently.

At Relove Toys, we tap into this durability by offering a subscription service that allows these toys to be passed from one family to another, ensuring that they are fully utilized throughout their lifespan. This not only offer great cost for value for families but also contributes to a circular economy where the lifecycle of products is maximized, reducing overall waste.

Environmental Impact of Wooden vs. Plastic Toys

The ecological footprint of toy production and waste is considerable. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 90% of toys are made from plastics which can take over 500 years to decompose. In contrast, wooden toys present a more eco-friendly alternative. Wood is a biodegradable and renewable resource, and unlike plastic, it does not degrade into harmful microplastics that contaminate our oceans and wildlife.

Wooden toy rentals also emphasize refurbishment and reuse, whereby toys are restored to their original glory and circulated within the community, further reducing the waste footprint. This practice not only preserves the environment but also instills a sense of responsibility and community sharing among young families.

Safety and Health Benefits

The safety of our children is paramount. Wooden toys are generally safer than plastic ones as they do not contain BPA, phthalates, or other harmful chemicals commonly found in plastic items. Research from Health Canada suggests that prolonged exposure to these chemicals can lead to various health issues in children, including hormonal disruptions and developmental disorders. By opting for wooden toys, parents mitigate these risks, providing a safer play environment for their children.

Furthermore, wooden toys are associated with fewer allergy and asthma triggers compared to plush or plastic toys, which can harbor dust mites and other allergens. This makes them a healthier choice, particularly for young children whose immune systems are still developing.

Supporting Development Through Imaginative Play

Wooden toys are not only durable and safe; they also play a crucial role in the cognitive and physical development of children. These toys often require more imagination from children than their electronic counterparts. A publication by the American Academy of Pediatrics highlights that engaging with simple toys, like blocks and puzzles, can significantly enhance fine motor skills and cognitive flexibility.

Practical examples for parents include starting with basic wooden blocks for toddlers, which can help in learning shapes and coordination, and advancing to more complex puzzles as the child grows. These toys adapt to the child’s developmental stages, providing challenges that are age-appropriate and fostering a sense of achievement and creativity.

Creating Lasting Memories

Finally, the emotional and psychological impacts of wooden toys should not be underestimated. They often become cherished keepsakes that carry sentimental value through generations. This emotional bonding is not commonly found with transient plastic toys, which may quickly fall out of favor or break.

Encouraging children to create stories and scenarios with their toys can help develop their narrative skills and empathy. For instance, a wooden train set can become the backdrop for a child’s adventures, developing as they narrate their travel tales and build complex track systems, enhancing both their creative thinking and problem-solving skills.


By subscribing to Relove Toys, parents are making a conscious choice to invest in high-quality, sustainable, and educational play options for their children. This choice not only supports the physical and cognitive development of their children through imaginative play but also contributes significantly to environmental conservation efforts. It’s a meaningful investment in both the present joy and future well-being of their children and the planet.

Create lasting memories and minimize your environmental impact with a Relove Toys rental subscription, and join a growing community of parents who are choosing smarter, safer, and more sustainable play options for their children.

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