Also the world of children transforms itselfand assumes, little by little, an innovative aspect. But the innovation, in the field of childhood, is maybe more a return to the things of once, those to which were used our grandparents and great-grandparents. All with an additional attention. We are talking abouttoys, the objects that fill the days of kids and sustain their development. Once, when plastic and mass production didn’t exist, toys were created with materials found in the house or in the garden. With fabrics were created dolls, with wood were carved animals or yo yos and stones were used to play hopscotch. But weren’t all natural materials, some toys were built with tin and metal, sometimes even dangerous. Metals were successively replaced by a material which danger was more veiled, but anyway certain, that is the plastic.
The Lego innovation: bio-polyethylene from sugar cane
Here’s the beauty of a world where the progress is used to improve or to change what is not functional anymore, from countless points of view. The Danish company Lego has, already since 2019, decided to take the path of sustainabilitystarting to experiment new materials. After having tried with corn, resulted too soft, and grain, hard to color, the company is now producing all the decorative elements, such as leaves, bushes and trees, with bio-polyethylene made from sugar cane. Lego gave itself the objective of 2030 for the total conversion of the little bricks in biodegradable materials. Meanwhile has let known that starting from 2021 the packagings will be completely made of certified Forest Stewardship Council paper.
Unfortunately, the toys, starting from the economic boom of the last century, have almost always been produced in plastic. Some of them, with complex forms and thousands of details, are surely easier to create by using plastic rather than natural materials such as wood. But the wood is a material decisively healthier and more stimulating for a child. It can come from controlled forests and can be colored with natural dyeings, so it’s not toxic. In addiction, as being completely recyclable, it doesn’t create polluting wastes.
Why choosing wooden toys
Wooden toys, as being more simple and having less details and definition, better stimulate the fantasy of a child. With a more barren structure, the imagination succeed in inventing different stories, in creating multiple significances for a same toy. A thing that doesn’t occur with the toys that have a predetermined function and an unambiguous meaning.
Furthermore, wood energy is different. The child perceives a calm and serene atmosphere playing with elements that belong to the nature and breathing its essence. In Chinese medicine, the wood element represented rebirth, growth and development. It is associated to the spring season that is the phase of the year when we absorbe the vital energy. The moment when we nourish ourselves with the lifeblood that we’ll need for our future path, for our personal development. Even more so, wooden toys have a fundamental importance for children and can transmit them a type of emotional and spiritual energy, loaded, dense of significances.