How green is my eco toy when I shop online?

At Dragonfly toys we have taken the time to curate a diverse selection of Waldorf and Steiner Toys that will encourage open ended imaginative play. This means that our toys are selected from artists and craftspeople and are handmade with care with an emphasise on function and not form so that your child can perpetually repurpose the toy to meet the needs of the play that takes their fancy.

 

Stocking natural toys made from natural fibres such as wood, timber, wool, skins silk and cotton and dyed with food grade non toxic dyes is only half the story. There is not much point buying organic baby toys if the process of getting the child’s toy from maker to market embodies energy and produces toxic C02.

 

The debate about shopping online vs local retail when reducing your carbon footprint still rages. What is clear is that your shopping habits matter. When shopping online you should always consider using less distribution (purchase from one store and not many) and take care to get what you want. If you have to return an item it will undo any energy savings you make. It is also clear that Eco toys have a long life. They are made well and with love and careful selection from your part will see them passed down many generations which will further reduce the carbon footprint over the toys lifecycle. Remember, taking the time to find your child a quality gift that will last the tests of time is priceless.

 

Tips for environmentally aware online shopping

 

If you want to shop in a more environmentally friendly manner, you need to critically examine your own shopping habits. How much and what do I order online? A couple of tips to make the decision easier:

  • Ask yourself whether you might be able to get the product from a local shop instead – perhaps one you can reach on foot or by bicycle.
  • Buy from as few different traders as possible, and consolidate your orders.
  • Do not spread your purchases across several suppliers just to make small price savings.
  • Buy goods such as shoes, which have high return rates, in shops only.
  • Avoid missed deliveries by agreeing times in advance or specifying a neighbour who can accept the parcel for you.
  • Give preference to delivery services that use returnable crates or recyclable cardboard.
  • Set up buying groups to place collective orders.
  • Use standard delivery rather than express delivery so that parcels can be transported in optimally loaded lorries.

 

We take our environmental responsibility seriously. We do this by stocking eco toys, ensuring that our toys are made from natural fibres, non toxic and sourced from sustainable workshops.

 

Wherever possible we seek to recycle packaging, we use recycled tissue paper that can be reused, and repurpose packaging to ensure safe shipment to you.

 

We also have a convenient flat rate of $9 for Australia wide shipping so you know before you start filling your cart what your shipping will be. This encourages you to think carefully about what you want rather than what the shipping costs will be. We also reward you if you spend over $150 with free Australia wide shipping. The embodied energy for a $1 shipment is the same as a $150 shipment. Buy putting more in your shopping basket you are spreading this energy across more items.

 

We use Australia Post. Australia post has committed to a 25% reduction in green house emissions by 2020. In 2014 Australia post achieved a 14 % reduction on baseline emissions since 2000 demonstrating they are on track to commitment.

 

Below is our estimated delivery times to all Major Cities across Australia. These are estimates only, based on our historical averages and subject to Australia post services and individual circumstances. This table is a guide only. You should add 3-5 days for all deliveries during peak service times throughout December.

 

Destination

Standard

Express

Melbourne

Overnight - 1 day

Overnight

Hobart

Davenport

Canberra

Adelaide

Sydney

Brisbane

Gold Coast

Darwin

Alice Springs

Perth

1-2 Days

1-2 Days

1-2 Days

1-2 Days

1-2 Days

1-3 Days

1-3 Days

3-7 Days

3-7 Days

3-7 Days

1 Day

1 Day

1 Day

1 Day

1 Day

1-2 Days

1-2 Days

2-5 Days

2-5 Days

2-5 Days

Regional Vic

1-2 days

Overnight

Regional NSW

1-3 days

1-2 days

Regional Queensland

5-10 days

3-5 days

Regional SA

1-5 days

3-5 days

Regional WA

Canarvon

Margaret River

Bussleton

Broom

5-10 days

3-5 days

Regional Tasmania

1-3 days

Overnight-2 days

Northern Territory

5-10 days

3-5 days

With Australia wide shipping DragonflyToys is your local Toy store.


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