Bamboo children’s toys are beautiful. They have a unique look and shine about them that set them apart from any other types of wooden toy. If you’ve ever wondered why it is, you’ll have a hard time guessing, as the answer is bamboo is not a wood but a grass!
Bamboo is relatively new to the Western world but has been utilised in Asia for loads of different purposes, including medicine, textiles transport and construction for over 7,000 years. Since emerging in the Western market, bamboo has made its way into loads of different industries including ours – children toys.
Here are some reasons why we love bamboo toys.
Unlike plastic toys, bamboo will not easily break meaning no dangerous or sharp edges.
Bamboo is stronger than wood, brick, concrete and steel. Therefore, bamboo toys are super durable and can be passed from child-to-child and generation-to-generation without looking like a relic.
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet with some species capable of growing 4cm an hour! When harvested the root system remains undisturbed, and a plant can replenish itself within a year.
Bamboo is naturally pest-resistant and requires no chemicals and very little water to grow. The plant improves air quality by absorbing more carbon and releasing more oxygen than cotton or timber.
Bamboo is 100% biodegradable. While it’s not nice to think of the end of a toys life, it’s good to know that Mother Nature can do her thing with minimal impact on the environment when this time comes.
Plus, as mentioned before, it looks fantastic when polished!
One toy manufacturer that has been making the most of bamboo is Kinderfeets. Kinderfeets is an award-winning brand based in San Francisco that produces beautiful bamboo (and wooden) balance bikes, trikes, and balance boards.
The Kinderfeets Bamboo Kinderboard, Tiny Tot and Balance Bike are fantastic examples of what can be done with bamboo. They are mega attractive, stimulate children’s physical and cognitive development and have all the benefits of bamboo!
For obvious reasons, more bamboo products will be hitting our shelves in the coming year so keep an eye out!