I’ve read an interesting post about toys and what happens when their life expectancy is over. It made me realize all the toys I was given, some broke, some were thrown out, and it makes you think where does all that stuff go when a kid doesn’t want to play with it anymore, especially nowadays that their attention span is pretty limited.
It is estimated that almost every household buys at least one toy a year, and in 2007, in the US, $20.5 billion (!) were spent in buying toys. I’m not sure how many of those are going to be kept for longer than the immediate desire children usually have for these things. It’s probably safe to say a lot of them are going to end up in a landfill. And with all the plastic cheap stuff that we get cluttered with, the future doesn’t look too bright.
The best thing to do is to stop and take a moment to think about your next purchase: do you really need to buy it? Is the toy built in a way that it could last longer than other cheap toys? Is it something that your kid would enjoy for a longer period of time than other inferior quality stuff?
Not all of that will be apllicable in the real world but it will be good enough if you can at least remember it. If you already have some junk toys you want to get rid of, you have other alternatives instead of just trashing them. You could give them on to other family members, you could make it better or repair or you could even donate them to someone you think would be happy in receiving it. And next time you’ll start thinking before you buy your next batch of toys. A lot of stuff nowadays is just cheap plastic rubbish, namely high bulk products coming from China. If you have the option of buying with higher quality, and in US soil, do it, and buy based on the criteria above (previous paragraph). Some toys might as well go directly from the manufacture line directly to the landfill because that’s where they’ll probably end up soon enough, so think before you buy.
Anyway, read some more here: http://crunchydomesticgoddess.com/2010/01/19/children-consumerism-toys-and-trash