Kids need safe toys, that are made to inspire and educate them physically and mentally. In Hong Kong, where cheap plastic toys are sold on every corner, it can be hard to find sustainably-made, non-toxic eco toys that are designed with future geniuses in mind! Below we have the full roundup for all you conscious parents out there.
Best for Handcrafted Toys
Green Queen Loves: Petit Bazaar has a large and well-curated selection of handcrafted and fair trade toys including items that are made with organic materials. They have a great collection of wooden toys includes an i-Wood laptop for the budding tech mogul as well as toys for the world traveling tot such as wooden sushi sets and mini wooden replicas of London and Paris on chalk boards. Popular brands include Egmont Toys, 4M Lab sets, Janod and more.
Order online or visit one of their stores: 9 Gough Street, Central, +852 2544 2255 and 80 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai.
Green Queen Loves: The very large selection of colourful European wooden toys includes a cuter-than-words collection of wooden animals. Little Wooden Dragon’s toys are all non-toxic and many are made with Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) wood or Oeko-Tex Certified fabrics so you can feel great about what your little one is playing with.
Find them online at Baby Central and visit the Organic Modernism shop in Horizon Plaza, or contact them via Facebook Message.
Best for Arts & Crafts
Green Queen Loves: With unique craft kits such as “Become Your Own Superhero” and “Design a Dragon – Ready for Adventure”, your little one will spend hours creating fun and colorful works of art. Seedling hand assembles all of their kits in New Zealand, many of which are made using recycled and recyclable materials. In addition to arts & crafts, they have a selection of kits and activities for parties and as well as specialty hobbies & activities such as cooking and music.
Order kits online or find them at Bookazine shops across Hong Kong, Petit Bazaar shops, BabyCentral and more- complete list of stockists here.
Green Queen Loves: This eco-friendly toy store stocks everything from European natural and non-toxic arts & craft supplies so that your little one can unleash their inner Picasso to sustainably made toys and games for green loving kiddies to certified safe wooden building blocks. Tree Children’s Lodge offers environmentally-friendly alternatives to some popular craft supplies such as plant dyed wool and modeling beeswax in addition to staples such as paints, crayons, and coloured pencils. They have a wide array of popular eco toy brands like Plan Toys, Grimm’s, Twig Creative, Camden Rose and more.
Visit their shop at 2/F, 10 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay or shop online on their website.
Best for the Budding Engineer
Green Queen Loves: A cut above your average block, Unit Bricks represents five years of development to bring Hong Kong children the best building blocks possible and are a great way to develop cognitive abilities and spatial awareness- the blocks are meant to encourage STEM and STEAM education paths. Made of sustainably grown wood and organic dyes, these hand carved bricks are completely non-toxic.
Order online or visit the Unit Bricks showroom at 2B, 171-177 Hollywood road, Sheung Wan.
Green Queen Loves: Looking for the funnest fort a tyke could build? Check out the Miley House from Funny Paper, which kiddies assemble themselves- wall scribbling encouraged! All of Funny Paper’s line of paper furniture items can be assembled without glue or scissors, are made with 100% recycled paper, and are fun for the whole family.
Best For Baby
Bioserie Toys is working to provide an alternative to traditional plastic toys with their line of biodegradable plastic toys and nursing aids made with babies and toddlers in mind- they have created a line of certified USDA Biobased biodegradable toys made of natural and plant based materials meaning they are non-toxic and a greener choice for your little one- they have a rattle, circle stacks and a teething ring.
Order the full set on their website.
This post was updated on August 28 2018. Images courtesy of Pexels (lead), Little Wooden Dragon, Seedling and Unit Bricks.