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The short lifespan of conventional toys and the subsequent environmental impact



In today's world, where sustainability and environmental protection are becoming increasingly important, one area often goes unnoticed: Toys. 90% of the toys on the market are made of plastic. Conventional toys have an alarmingly short lifespan, which not only puts a strain on parents' wallets, but also has serious environmental consequences. The toy industry in Germany uses 40 tons of plastic for every million euros in sales, which adds up to around 148,000 tons of plastic per year. This amount is so large that it could fill the Olympic stadium in Berlin about twice over. At Lenabo, we want to investigate the reasons for the short lifespan of toys and the resulting environmental impact and show how durable and sustainable toys can make a positive change.


The short life of toys


Toys often have a short lifespan because they break quickly, children lose interest or new trends come onto the market. According to the article by ifak-kindermedien.de, parents often buy toys that are currently in fashion, but these fads are usually fleeting. Children quickly lose interest in their toys when new and more exciting products come onto the market. As a result, many toys are disposed of after a short time.


Environmental impact of discarded toys


The environmental impact of this throwaway culture is considerable. Many toys are made of non-degradable plastics that contribute to soil and water pollution when they end up in landfills. Despite the possibility of recycling most materials, the recycling rate for toys is shockingly low. This is partly because toys are often made from a combination of different materials that are difficult to separate and recycle, as the Yale Environment Review article points out.


In addition, the production of toys causes considerable amounts of CO2 emissions. A study in the journal Science Direct shows that the production of plastic toys releases millions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year, contributing to global warming. It is therefore crucial to use recycled plastic in the manufacture of new toys in order to avoid the creation of new plastic and reduce CO2 emissions. It is equally important to thoroughly test the raw materials used for harmful substances to ensure that no harmful substances get into the products and thus into the hands of our children.


Solutions and approaches for more sustainable toys


To counteract these problems, we at Lenabo rely on sustainable and durable materials. Our aim is to combat the throwaway culture by developing durable and environmentally friendly toys. Our products are made from robust and recyclable materials and are designed to be used for many years. This not only reduces the environmental impact, but also encourages more conscious consumer behavior among parents and children. A smart approach by Lenabo is the separation of the technical components of the speaker from the toys. This not only makes it easier to recycle the individual components, but also massively reduces the amount of technology used in toys.


By using innovative materials and sustainable production methods, we are making a significant contribution to reducing the environmental impact of toys. In the long term, such approaches could lead to fewer toys being produced and disposed of, benefiting both the environment and consumers.


Conclusion


The short lifespan of conventional toys and the associated environmental impact is a serious problem that urgently needs to be addressed. By promoting durable and sustainable toys, we can take an important step towards a more environmentally friendly future. At Lenabo, we are showing that it is possible to create high-quality and environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional toys. It is up to all of us to support this change and overcome the throwaway culture.


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