There's nothing like taking the kids to the beach for some fun in the sun, surf and sand!
But before you head to your local store to pick up some fun and cheerful toys to keep little ones entertained, stop and think about the environmental impact of these inexpensive toys - whether they've been broken, discarded or outgrown during or after the manufacturing process.
That's where eco-friendly toys come in. Sure, you may need to plan a little more ahead to make sure you've got your eco beach toys ready for the summer fun ahead, but these sustainable beach and water toys will last much longer than a summer at the beach! Saving you time and money in the long run.
Not sure what to look for? Don't worry, we've gathered the best so you can hit the beach without distractions this year!
Why buy sustainable beach toys?
Traditional beach toys are made of cheap plastic and often contain harmful compounds such as BPA and phthalates. These chemicals have been shown to be harmful to human health.
Traditional beach toys usually don't last very long because they are not built to last. They break, chip and splinter after being exposed to sunlight and salt water, rendering them useless. After that, they usually end up in the trash, where they can take up to 450 years to decompose!
This is the kind of toy that does end up in the trash. Unfortunately, many go straight into the ocean where they destroy ecosystems, leak harmful substances and break down into microplastics.
In the end, when you add up the money you spend on "cheap" plastic toys each summer, you might be surprised to find that you can save a ton of money by buying eco-friendly sand toys in the first place!
A beach day is not the same without a Frisbee. But as is often the case, cheap plastic ends up breaking, splintering and ending up in landfills.
This Neoprene eco-friendly frisbee is different. It's made from raw materials that take full advantage of products that are often discarded in our oceans.
It also comes packaged in recyclable and recyclable packaging. It's hard wearing, but if it breaks, you can send it back and the will recycle it into something new!