Our Favourite Ethical Toy Brands
Both Niamh & I are massive fans of ethical & fair-trade toys for Layla & Cillian. The following are our favourite toy brands that manufacture beautiful wooden toys that allow children’s imaginations to reach their maximum potential. Toys that are made using eco-friendly & sustainable materials by workers in excellent working conditions who are treated fairly.
Grimm’s Spiel und Holz Design
Top of the list has to be Grimm’s. Made in Germany, Grimm’s wooden toys & waldorf style dolls are adored by adults & children alike. The wood used in their toys is only sourced from sustainably managed forests in Europe. Vibrant, striking colours make these toys the most beautiful to look at, & inspire endless possibilities for open ended play. Grimm’s toys do not come cheap, so be warned. Once you buy one Grimm’s toy you will want them all. Grimm’s 12 piece rainbow must be their most popular toy, & is difficult to get as it usually sells out quickly after retailers receive them back in stock. Layla loves her Grimm’s toys, & a 12 piece rainbow is definitely on the wish list this year for her birthday.
Click here to find your nearest stockist: https://www.grimms.eu/en/StoreLocator
Next on the list has to be Plan Toys. Plan toys are beautifully made, are stunning to look at, encourage lots of imaginative play, & are very affordable.
For more than 30 years, Plan Toys has been consistently developing its products & activities with as strong a commitment that a company could ever make to contribute positively to the world. Their emphasis is on organic and sustainable products that are free of chemicals.
Plan Toys have world class recognition & have won many many awards.
Layla’s favourite toy from Plan Toys is their Sort & Count Cups which I would recommend for any child of a similar age (18 months old). But Plan Toys most popular toy seems to be their Beehives, which do look like lots of fun & are recommended from 3+.
Third on our list is Djeco. Djeco is a French toy company, & their toys definitely have the wow factor. Unique & exceptionally pretty designs, you will not see designs like these anywhere else. Djeco toys are made to the highest quality & safety standards. Layla has a few Djeco toys & she plays with them all regularly. Her favourite Djeco toy has to be the Topanifarm.
Toys and Games Ireland has a fantastic range of Djeco toys for all ages https://www.toysandgames.ie/product-category/djeco