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Celebrating Wooden Toys for Recycling Week 2020

As we welcome 2020’s Recycling Week, we start to take a look at ways we can all be a bit more sustainable for Mother Earth.

Now in its 17th year, Recycling Week – organised by WRAP – aims to remind us of the importance of recycling. During this time, households up and down the country aim to be more ‘green’ to help the planet.

Research suggests that plastic toys account for around 90% of the toy market. But now more than ever, consumers are making their feelings clear when it comes to reducing plastic. In 2019, department stores like John Lewis saw a 21% increase in wooden toy sales! Another recent poll reveals that 40% of parents said they would prefer people to buy their children toys made from a material such as sustainable wood.

Not only do Jaques of London believe that wooden traditional children’s toys are wonderful, but we champion steering away from the plight of today’s plastic culture. Our traditional and vintage toys are delivered hand wrapped in paper, with cardboard packaging for this very reason—every single one of them has been designed with the next generation in mind.

Not only does buying good quality products ensure that the materials are of good quality, but it also ensures that they reach quality safety standards. Though buying second-hand toys can help you buy more sustainably, there is no guarantee that they have passed the required safety standards.

Mark Gardiner, of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, said: "Any goods that are bought second-hand are not going to have the same safety assurances. If you are buying a high-quality wooden toy from a trusted brand, this no longer becomes a problem.”

One of the things Jaques of London are passionate about it creating quality, timeless toys.

It is our mission that homes big and small have access to toys that reflect their core values. Creating products with safe and sustainable materials is at the heart of our mission.

If you would like to join the wooden toy trend, we have got wooden toy ranges for everyone.

Your family is at the heart of the Jaques family ethos. When we all do our bit to shop sustainably, we reinforce these values within our family circle. So, this Recycling Week, buy with the knowledge that your little ones will not only love their toys, but what they stand for too.