As we head into the summer holidays, the beach vibes are certainly beckoning, even if the closest we can get to them is the Costa Del Park.

When it comes to beach (and sand-pit) fun, buckets and spades lead the way in imaginative play, but with Plastic Free July overlapping with peak sand castle season, there’s burgeoning interest in more sustainable alternatives.

During the summer holidays, hundreds of plastic buckets and spades get left behind on beaches, with far reaching implications for the environment…and marine life.

Leading the way with their eco friendly buckets and spades, made from food-grade recycled materials, are Mondo Toys. Their ReNew toys range is free from dyes and additives, which enhances their chemical safety, and represents a step in the right direction of a ‘greener’ summer… even if the traffic lights don’t follow suit!

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