The 10 Best Eco toys

Give your children an early lesson in values with this pick of educational and environmentally friendly playthings

1. Green Toys Sea Plane


This company is a dream come true for eco-warrior parents. Its toys are safe and stylish with no metal axles, no dodgy chemicals, and they're packaged in recycled materials.

2. Nigel's Eco Store Rocket


Made from recycled cardboard, this rocket playhouse is suitable for wannabe astronauts ranging from three to seven. Suitable inside and outside, as well as foldable.

3. EverEarth Activity Cube


So many toys are garish, flashy, loud and plastic. This one, from toy manufacturer EverEarth, is made from solid, smooth and sustainable wood.

4. Plum Train and Track Activity Table


Most train sets are plastic, but this cleverly crafted and comprehensive wooden set is made entirely from sustainably sourced timber.

5. Maya Organic Peppy Five


Maya Organic toys are made using sustainable wood and natural dyes by a co-op in India. Our favourite is this five-stem stacker, which helps with counting and colour-matching.

6. Seedling The Fashion Designer Kit


This innovative and eco-friendly craft kit enables girls aged eight and over to sketch and make fashions for the mannequin.

7. Wonderworld Eco House


This is no ordinary dolls' house. It has a multitude of energy-saving features including solar panels, a wind turbine, an electric bike, recycling bins and a water butt.

8. Green Creativity Trash Robot Kit


This kit gets children turning rubbish into an environmental project. You get axles and wheels, so you can make robot cars from a can or bottle.

9. Calafant Carriage


Calafant's recyclable cardboard models are easy to build, fun to decorate and a pleasure to play with. Other models include dinosaurs, a log cabin and a mermaid cove.

10. Early Learning Centre Recycling Truck


Pretend to drive the truck around on your carpet and collect paper, cans and cardboard from different houses, ready to take to the depot.