Going to the beach or lake is a great family experience, but it’s important to be environmentally responsible while visiting and to only bring eco-friendly water toys with you. Plastic toys can quickly wash away, polluting our waters and hurting aquatic creatures. Instead of the traditional plastic beach toys, consider purchasing sustainable toys that won’t harm Mother Earth. These 10 eco-friendly beach and lake toys for children will help you be more responsible without breaking the bank.
This list is broken up into two sections. Section one includes toys that are biodegradable, meaning they’ll eventually break down completely if lost in the ocean or lake. The second section consists of toys that are eco-friendly or made from recycled materials. They’re not necessarily great for the ocean but are still an environmentally conscious purchase.
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Biodegradable Beach, Lake, and Sand Toys
This set of sustainable water toys is a personal favorite of mine and the one we purchased. The bamboo fiber makes the toys heavy-duty but also soft to the touch. If they were to go missing in the sand or water, they would completely break down into harmless organic matter within 12 months. THAT is a good toy.
This gorgeous beach set is eco-friendly and made from compostable materials with a hemp rope handle. (It’s also the exact same set as the one above!) The only difference is that this one comes in four gorgeous colors and is a little pricier. No matter what colors you choose, it is an amazing addition to any day by the water.
The non-toxic and sustainable materials that make up these beach and sand toys mean they’re a durable option for your Summer adventures. It’s also one of the most affordable eco-friendly water toys options available.
This set of beach toys is made with a special plant-based plastic that will compost on its own after a long life. It’s made in the US, BPA-free, oil-free, and, as Rogue Wave states, worry-free!!
Made from bamboo fiber, these adorable eco-friendly beach toys are perfect for any minimalist family. The bucket takes the form of a bird, the shovel is a manta ray, the large scoop is a whale, and the sieve is a turtle. Add them to your beach bag or bathtub for year-round play!
If you happen to find the Garden and Sand Tools in stock, I recommend you snatch them up immediately! They are beloved by many Montessori parents and are a great addition to any minimalist home. These simple and eco-friendly water toys are great for sensory bins too! The Sand Stamps are a unique twist on beach toys, but I can envision some unique play opportunities with these guys!
Made from sustainable rubber tree wood and painted with organic color pigment, these traditional beach toys will make an amazing addition for your afternoon at the beach!
This super adorable boat and seal are made from rubberwood and non-toxic paint and dyes. By purchasing this adorable little character for your water time, you’ll know that you’re keeping your family safe from harmful chemicals (and Mother Earth will thank you too)!
Another fun option, BeginAgain offers some amazing heirloom quality toys for your children. These natural sea creatures will amp up any bath time or day at the beach!
Eco-friendly Beach, Lake, and Sand Toys
While this sand playset is not biodegradable, it is made using 100% recycled plastic, and that is pretty cool and leaves a light footprint! If you can’t purchase something biodegradable, an eco-friendly water toy from Green Toys is an amazing option!