Save the world one box of toys at a time with the new toy sharing trend…
Can you believe that it has been over a year since Blue Planet II aired? Even one year after its iconic pollution episode, it is still making waves all around the world. According to research by Waitrose & Partners, 88% of us have now changed how we use plastics after viewing the final episode, with 60% stating they are now more likely to use a refillable water bottle.
But another large culpit for plastic pollution is children's toys. With a whopping 90% of these toys being made from non-recyclable plastic, a small movement is now trying to reduce their consumption through the use of toy sharing.
After Pinterest reported a 313% surge in 'toy share subscription' searches in 2018, we take a look at this savvy-saving trend and see just what it's all about.
In a nutshell…
Toy sharing allows you to have a continuous flow of age-appropriate toys as little or as often as you wish, while the older toys get collected and reused by another subscriber, saving you money and space!
We all know that most children love a toy for a week or two before they move on to the next one. But with a subscription, you won't have to purchase non-recyclable toys for your child to just grow out of them.
How much does it cost?
Subscriptions range from £9 to £35 per month. But you can also buy one-off boxes for around £19.
Some libraries also run a toy sharing service, with prices starting at around £6 per year.
Plus you can always try a make a toy sharing group with your local parents for free!
Where can I get them?
Here's a list of retailers and suppliers that offer a toy sharing service:
BuildUrBricks: Rent Lego sets including Star Wars, city and Technic from £9.99 per month. Or rent a bulk set of bricks from £25. They even have adult sets!
Toy Box Tots: Monthly subscriptions from £28, as well as mini-break 3-night or 7-night rentals from £19 (a great idea for holidays!).
Toy Box Club: Monthly subscriptions from £35 with Holiday Kits available, including other essential gear like pushchairs and high chairs!
Lewisham Toy Library: Annual subscription for £30 with discounts available for siblings, income support parents, childminders and organisations.
Pictologue: Monthly rental service available at Richmond & Twickenham libraries from 50p per item for one month.
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