When it comes to bikes (or other zooming gifts) one of the best eco-choices is to go used. So long as you use common sense and get a new helmet, a used bike can save you cash and help reduce the amount of resources used. That said, sometimes, on Christmas morning a new bike or other rocking gift is in order. But, if you’re going to buy new, make sure you go as eco-friendly as possible.
Below are some cool rocking and zooming gifts that are also eco-friendly and healthy (yup, bikes are a great active gift). These riders below are great for younger kids. If you have an older child, stay tuned because I’m hoping to post some eco-minded rides for older kids soon.
The bling of all eco-rides for kids is MOOV. MOOV offers endless possibilities for crafty kids. The award winning MOOV Construction Kits from Berg Toys offer enough parts so that your child and you can configure a scooter, a bike, a go-cart a working crane and much more. Each kit comes with rings, axles, wheels and everything else you need to build a working (and safe) zooming whatever. These structures can be taken apart and rebuilt into something new over and over. At MOOV safety comes first but they also try to maintain eco-friendly standards, such as recycling leftover materials, eco-manufacturing and the coating and fabrication areas of the kits are designed as to limit their eco-impact.
MOOV kits are available in many local stores or you can contact Berg Toys to get one. I’ve seen them on Amazon, but I’m guessing they might cost less at a local venue. One frustrating thing about MOOV is there’s no age limits posted at their site (at least not that I can find).
3 years+ – Plan Toy Wooden Trike last I checked, this trike was about $77 at Amazon, which is a much better deal than at most dedicated toy shops – usually this runs around $130 or so. This is an adorable first trike for kids, made with recycled rubberwood and non-toxic finishes. There’s a seatback for sitting safety and chunky wood pedals for easy peddling. The wooden wheels also have rubber covers for traction and limited turning radius so your tot won’t tumble over.
3 years+ PlanToys Walking Elephant – For tots who maybe can’t handle a trike, this Walking Elephant is a good choice. He moves forward as your child creates a rocking motion. Made with recycled rubberwood and non-toxic finishes.
1 to 5 years – Wishbone Bikes – Wishbone Design Studio offers various pre-bikes perfect for young children. Wishbone makes their pre-bikes with 60% post-consumer recycled plastic, sustainably managed woods, eco-friendly glues and non-toxic paints.
The Wishbone is a little different than most pre-bikes in that it offers an innovative 3-bikes-in-1 ride. You can insert an axle into the rear fork which gives the runner three-wheeled balance for very young kids. Later replace the axle with a single wheel to make a cute low rider. Later still, you can flip the whole darn frame, creating a large running bike. This makes Wishbone a smart pre-bike choice as it’ll last years. Not to mention Wishbone offers beautiful design choices, like the limited edition endangered species or Koru design.
3 years+ PlanToys Large Scale Racing Car – Kids hyper obsessed with zooming off on Christmas morning will love this ride. There’s a classic looking durable metal chassis, a sturdy and bright wooden body, rubber tires, steering wheel, and single passenger seat. The Racing Car also comes equipped with non-slip pedals and safety brake so your little one won’t be hurt. Made with recycled rubberwood and non-toxic finishes.
The wooden LIKEaBIKE models are another version of the pre-bike, like the Wishbone shown above. The LIKEaBIKE is mostly eco-minded, made with high quality varnished birch plywood, high-grade steel, felt, textiles and rubber. They have various options, but all bikes are built to withstand any amount of rough and tumble. Most of these bikes have cool color seat options and all have their own style. Some options shown below…
ROCKaBIKE converts the Mountain or the Mini into a cool rocking horse, which is a little out there, but you have to admit, utterly unique.
3 years+ PlanToys Large Scale Scooter – I LOVE this scooter. It’d be awesome if they made one in an adult size. Alas, the weight limit is just approximately 110 lbs. This is a 5 wheeled Scooter, made like all Plan Toys with sustainable wood and non-toxic finishes. It’s equipped with non-slip pedals and a 3 level adjustable handlebar.
2 years+ Plan Toy Arabian Rocking Horse Arabian is built on parallel rockers so children can rock backward and forward.
Hopefully this post gave you some good ideas for younger tots. Stay tuned for eco-bike for older kids (I hope – I haven’t seen many).