Top 6 Eco Alternatives to LEGOS

Everyone loves LEGO. Their popular brick system has been around since the 1950s, inspiring creativity in generations of children. Still, they’re made of plastic, which takes an environmental toll.   

While the LEGO company does get kudos for making long-term sustainable plans — they aim to manufacture their products close to the point of sale to reduce transportation emissions and to operate energy-efficient factories, including renewable energy sources like a wind farm in the process of being built — their current partnership with the Arctic-drilling Shell oil company flies in the face of those values.

Greenpeace LEGO video | Eco-mothering.com

Click here for an awesome and affecting LEGO MOVIE-inspired video from Greenpeace to spread awareness about drilling in the Arctic — then sign the petition. 

We forget that LEGO is not the only constructive toy out there. Perhaps you want your kids to play with safer and greener toys. Maybe you’re tired of supporting a hugely profitable, mega toy company. Or maybe you’re a bit like Wyldstyle, seeking something different. In my research, I discovered some unique and eco-friendly LEGO alternatives sure to ignite your child’s imagination.

Eco-friendly LEGO alternatives | Eco-mothering.com

  1. Earth Blocks from Colors Tokyo

    These blocks are made from cedar tree bark, coffee beans, green tea leaves and compressed cedar log dust. They come in natural, earth-colored hues and may even emit a natural fragrance of coffee or sawdust.

    Earth Blocks | Eco-mothering.com

  2. YOXO by Play from Scratch

    Their philosophy is about using recycled raw materials to inspire kids’ creativity. Every toy they make includes recycled material and is recyclable. They provide a variety of kits, which include links, connectors and stickers to use with raw materials from your own home (toilet paper tubes, cardboard boxes, etc.).

  3. EnviroBLOX from Cadaco Toy

    EnviroBLOX is a 100% biocompostable building system that you could actually eat because the pieces are made from corn starch colored with food dye. Similar in shape and texture to foam packing peanuts, these “blocks” can be compressed, cut or twisted into various shapes. To build something, simply dab the block’s end in water (or lick it) and stick it to another piece.

  4. Triqo

    These Dutch-designed construction toys are made of fully recyclable polypropylene in only two shapes (square and triangle) for endless creative possibilities.

    Triqo castle | Eco-mothering.com

  5. Togetherfarm

    Their recycled plastic blocks are meant for gardens but can also work great as large-scale building blocks. BPA and phthalate free, they are manufactured in the USA and 100% recyclable.

  6. Dobney Blocks

    You can’t go wrong with classic wooden blocks. Dobney’s unique interlocking block systems are hand crafted from sustainably grown New Zealand timber and packaged in recyclable cardboard.

    toy-Dobney-blocks

Have you ever tried any of these toys? Are there other building kits that your kids love?

 This post is shared at Natural Living Monday, Natural Family Friday and Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Blog Hop.

 

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One Response to Top 6 Eco Alternatives to LEGOS

  1. Love it! Yesterday I was saying that not only is Lego partnered with Shell but Legos are made from plastics which come from petrochemicals. So Lego is doubly guilty. So glad to see there are toys made from eco-friendly materials. Thanks for compiling this list. Sharing:)

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