SUSTAINABLE PLAY FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Why Sustainable Play?
Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. According to a 2014 UN report, the toy industry uses plastic "most intensely". Plastic toys are cheaply made and end up in the landfill and our oceans where they break down into microplastics. Microplastics end up in fish, our drinking water, and our air. Is this what we want to leave behind for our children? Sustainable play supports a sustainable future for the next generation.
Built on a philosophy that encourages creativity, hands-on learning, and a connection to nature, Mio Reggio provides cork building materials and blocks for children, ages 3+. Our mission is to provide innovative educational toys that promote sustainability and biophilia. Research has shown that the intrinsic bond we have with nature, called biophilia, has many benefits for children. Benefits can include less stress, enhanced attention, improved social interaction as well as a deeper appreciation for our natural environment.
The cork blocks are the perfect weight for building structures. Besides being safe, quiet, and lightweight the natural material lends itself to open-ended play. Your blocks became whatever the boys imagined them to be in the moment. - Meredith S.
My daughter really liked how the blocks were so lightweight that she could carry them around. She also really wanted to make the blocks beautiful so I appreciate that they are blank canvases for a creative outlet. - Megan C.
My son really loved the whiteboard blocks; he kept coming back to them, scribbling and erasing. It was nice to see him interact repeatedly with the blocks. He also liked the different shapes and sizes of the natural cork set. They allowed him to build diverse structures.
- Genevive M.