John Lewis unveils top five eco toys for XmasShop unveils biodegradable and sustainable toys

15 August 2009

Solar powered toy car

The Solar Go Go Car

John Lewis has unveiled its top five greener toys for children this Christmas, including eco toys that are biodegradable, powered by green energy and made from sustainable materials.

The toys include a biodegradable brick set, a potato powered clock-making kit and a solar powered go cart.

John Lewis toy buyer, Hazel Reynolds says: 'Environmentally friendly toys help to educate children through play, giving an understanding of eco issues such as alternative power sources and recycling.'

For more advice on living a greener lifestyle, visit our Greener living section where you'll find guides on making your home greener, how to save £1000 by going green and how to recycle more.

John Lewis' top five eco toys

PlayMais  - from £6.95

PlayMais is a biodegradable building brick set made from corn starch and water that can be recycled or composted. PlayMais is available in basic (£6.95) or themed sets (£14.95) including animal farm and African jungle.

Solar Go Go Car - £14

Turning sunlight into speed, the Solar Go Go Car helps to teach children how solar power works. Exclusive to John Lewis the car also comes with a hand powered generator so it can be connected and recharged on rainy days.

Potato Clock - £9.95

This kit provides all the ingredients (except a potato) kids need to build a vegetable powered clock. It's not limited to just making a potato clock - apples, lemons, and tomatoes can be used too.

Ecoboo - £22

A new range of toys for babies and toddlers made entirely from bamboo. According to John Lewis: 'Bamboo holds the promise to be a sustainable, cost effective and an ecological alternative to the widespread cutting of our forests.' The bamboo Noah’s Ark tells it's own story as well as the much loved bible classic. 

Noonoo sheep £14.50

The Noonoo sheep is a cuddly sheep toy that doubles up as a rattle. One side is made from bamboo and the other from organic cotton. 

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