You get my drift, so I'll get down now.
Of course, my toddler doesn't really share my views and loves a toy or fifty. To keep us both happy, I do one of two things:
a) Make toys myself
b) Buy well-made, eco-responsible toys - think quality not quantity
And now, I should add:
c) Get gifted a well-made, eco-responsible toy by the wonderful people at Babipur!
We've been Babipur customers since well before they gave us this wonderful toy, and as such I can recommend them wholeheartedly. They are a family-run company based in Wales, selling ethically sourced and good quality clothes, cloth nappies, toys and accessories for children aged 0 to 6. Their product range is impressive, but what I like most about them is their customer service. Tom and Jolene, who set up the company, as well as the rest of the Babipur staff are helpful, the orders arrive promptly and well-packaged, and they will try to price-match with other suppliers if they can. They run a blog too, which is full of product reviews and currently features a gift list of ethical toys for 1 to 4-year-olds (Oh to get my hands on that DIY truck!).
Materials: wood, water-based paints, PMMA, PA
Dimensions: 24.5 x 24.5 x 2.1 cm
Recommended Age Range: 2 to 12 years
Packaging: Cardboard (no plastic wrapping, hurray!)
From a practical point of view, the Best Bugs Maze is a little heavy (roughly 600 g) for a toddler. Clearly this is because it's made of wood (which I would always choose over plastic in a toy!) but it means we probably couldn't take it with us anywhere unless travelling by car.