Stuffed animals: not all that innocent

by

Elena Konstanty

This or That

June 19, 2021

Since you’re looking at this article you’re probably a believer of owning and buying sustainable products, but might have little knowledge on what you should look out for… trust us we know sustainability is hard to pin down, especially when businesses make it harder for us to see through their greenwashing.

Luckily we are here to help you figure out when something is sustainable and when it just isn’t.

Whether you need a stuffed animal for yourself (who wouldn’t want some comfort during the pandemic) or are buying it for someone else, sustainability remains a big part in choosing which toy you want to invest in. For example, the IKEA shark toy received 1.2/3 planets in our reviews, whereas the eco nation giraffe from Aurora World got 2.4/3 planets.

You might wonder, why is this the case?

To understand the difference between these two products, it is very important to look at the material that each of these stuffed animals is made of. So, on one hand the IKEA shark is produced from 100% polyester and 100% polyester fibre fill, which are unsustainable materials usually sourced from petroleum. The reason why these materials are regarded as unsustainable is because they require extensive heat and large amounts of water during the manufacturing process. Also recent studies suggest that polyester sheds small pieces of plastic that can be potentially ingested by marine life when products like this are not disposed of correctly.

Aurora World on the other hand has a sustainable solution in producing and also disposing of their stuffed animals. The eco nation giraffe is made out of 100% biodegradable post-consumer pellets instead of standard PET plastic pellets. This saves OVER 3 MILLION pounds of recycled plastic annually. It also means that their products are made out of recycled materials only: recycled fabric, filling, sewn in labels and embroidered eyes instead of plastic. Aurora World is making a difference in how stuffed animals will be produced in the future.

So, the moral of the story is: choose the stuffed animal that supports sustainability.

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