Revealing the winners of the Best Eco Toy Design for 2018...
WINNER: PLATINUM FOR BEST ECO TOY DESIGN
WHAT: Extending their Discovery plan collection. Plum have introduced this unique hideaway. Perfect for urban gardens or country gardens alike it includes a mud kitchen, easy clean painting screen, paint and storage holders, bamboo wind chimes, mini letterbox and a built in planter for a mini potted garden.
WHY: Who wouldn't want this beautiful, eco design play house in their garden? The Plum Discovery® Nature Play Hideaway inspires messy, nature play with 360° play values in a mini eco centre. Made from FSC® sustainably sourced wood the eco-friendly design also allows rain water to be recycled by flowing down the roof into the planter, or it can be collected in the bamboo gutter and diverted into a bucket or down a customised water run or trellis. Junior Editor Bonita Turner said "I first spotted this at the Toy Fair in January 2018 when it was in its first stages of development - so to see it come to life at the awards was amazing. This is an investment toy that will be loved for years and years to come."
WHERE: Plum Play
WINNER: GOLD FOR BEST ECO TOY DESIGN
WHAT: A4-piece Sand Play Set that consists of a manta shovel (Ray), a turtle sifter (Shelley), a whale scoop (Moby) and a sturdy bucket (Marina).
WHY: The Ekobo Animo collection is made with FSC-certified bamboo fibre (a highly-renewable natural resource and alternative to 100% petroleum-based sand play toys). Our judges were struck by the simple, sleek design and the attractive colour ways. Michelle Kennedy (founder of the Peanut app) said "Nice design" Junior Editor Bonita Turner said "I love the way this product poetically ( and of course, stylishly) celebrates the sea creatures we need to protect - an important message to all."
WINNER: SILVER FOR BEST ECO TOY DESIGN
WHAT: Made from sustainably harvested wood, vegetable based inks and non-toxic water-based paints; this Modern Bunny stacker is designed to be long-lasting and to grow with your child as well as to promote sustainability.
WHY: Totally delivering on design, creative play and eco crendiatials (as it's free of all nasties) this gorgeous first toy Bunny stacker is comprised of six polished wooden rings that can be posted in any order. "Sweet design, I like the eco appeal, and something every child loves playing and learning with" is what founder of the Peanut App Michelle Kennedy had to say about it.
WINNER: BRONZE FOR BEST ECO TOY DESIGN
WHAT: PLAYin CHOC is a cute little treat box with an ethical organic chocolate (100% organic & vegan certified chocolate is wrapped in 100% home compostable film) and educational eco friendly toy (100% recyclable card and paper) inside.
WHY: Aiming to delight, surprise, inform and inspire children through creative play this unique range of carefully designed self assembly toys and info cards are a great alternative to other sweet/toy treats on the market. The first range includes 18 endangered animals to collect. PlayinChoc also donates to WWF, Whitley Fund for Nature and Unicef.