We believe that children have a right to form a deep connection to NATURE and
the right to live in a SUSTAINABLE WORLD.
A recent study found that the current “wired generation” of children is not exploring the outdoors as extensively as children formerly did, therefore diminishing their appreciation for nature. Spending time outside has positive effects on children’s cognitive, physical, emotional well-being, mental health, creativity, problem-solving, self-regulation, and verbal development. Even more, studies confirm that young children are aware that their actions have consequences on the natural environment (Yaneez & Fees, 2017). With Mio Reggio materials, children are exposed to a soft, natural, regenerative material that does not harm the environment but instead supports cork forests and wildlife conservation.
Cork biodegrades completely and can be easily recycled without producing any toxic residues. Due to its tight cellular structure, it does not collect dust and is hypoallergenic.
No trees are cut down in the process of extracting cork. Cork is obtained from the outer layer of the cork oak. A cork oak, whose bark is regularly harvested (every 9 years, a lifetime of the oak tree is 200-300 years) binds more than three times as much oxygen as an unused cork oak.
The Plastic Problem
80% of plastic toys cannot be recycled, contributing to the 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic that go to the landfill. It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than sea life.
Microplastics have been detected in drinking water, salt, seafood, and most recently, the air. Research has confimed that microplastics can travel at different levels through the atmosphere.
Choosing plastic-free play is more important than ever. By reducing plastic in our lives, we actively work towards creating a world that is healthier for our children.