|View Poll Results: Do you use plastic in your home?|
|Always! Wood is too expensive and I am saving the rainforests||2||3.28%|
|Sometimes, only if it is a gift||21||34.43%|
|Just try to pry that Fisher Price Toy away from the babe, We LOVE it!||6||9.84%|
|PVC Kills!!! NEVER||4||6.56%|
|Voters: 61. You may not vote on this poll|
The reason I started this poll was to get some feedback. I am in dilema about buying dd a wooden chair and table set vs the CONSIDERABLY cheaper plastic versions!
I just can't decide what to do!
My opinion wasn't on the poll, so I picked "other". Some plastic toys are engaging and interactive, some are just noisemaking pap. Some wood toys are gorgeous and stimulating, some are pretty but boring.
That said, I always lean toward wood if I can get it.
Good luck! (and welcome back!)
We went to IKEA on Sunday, and I must say that I liked both plastic and wooden child table/chairs set there ( I was thinking about you, Lala-- you've asked about childeren's furniture couple of days ago, right?) We did not buy either one, though. Because there really isn' room in DS's room right now to put another table in. Someday...
My dd has a wooden table and chairs that I just love, it will grow with her and can be used for many years as a nightstand or whatever in the years to come. Plastic will last though its not as classic.
But, I did buy the cheap plastic table (used) and
then we got my dh's childhood table (wooden) from his mom. It lovely and will last forever. It's now in the house and the plastic one is on the patio.
the most simple table/chair set at Ikea (unfinished, but sanded) is only 29$ for 2 chairs and a table and it's working great for us (I plan to paint it some day, but it looks great as is.
The big benefit of buying wood furniture is that you can fix it if it breaks. But if you don't expect the furniture to last long under intense levels of punishment, plastic would be less of a headache and a heartache. We have wooden Brio blocks, a metal and wood wagon, a wooden rocking horse from my childhood, and a few other special wooden toys. But for small toys that I don't really care much about we usually choose plastic for affordability.
For everyday things around the house I LOVE plastic! Only if it's high quality and will last. I can't stand to throw plastic away : the tought of it in land fills makes me sad. On the other hand, good toys and housewears will last generations with proper care.
For kids furniture, it's wood! Target has some AWSOME wood table and chair sets for under $50 right now! We do own some kids kitchen items in plastic and I like them. We moved them outside to play with this summer and I don't have to worry about them getting ruined.
So, I guess I have mixed feelings - to add to your confussion!
My real priority is that the item is simple and encourages imaginative play - and I also try to buy used stuff as much as possible to save resources ($$ and mother earth).
Thank god they are so cheap here!
We have decided to donate some of ds toys and since he only plays with the wooden ones(except for a few), that means we may offically become a no plastic household. although that seems somewhat impossible.
Most of the plastic he is playing with these days are kitchen utensils, lids and bowls and spoons. My guess is that will all change soon.
For toys we have about half and half. We have been able to find some nice wooden stuff at second hand stores and garage salles, but it isn't always possible. Some things just don't work in wood or are outragousely expensive.
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I do agree that the table and chairs are better in wood, though - we chose wood for dd (IKEA, very inexpensive, less than some "deluxe" plastic ones) because we hated the thought of brightly colored plastic in her beautiful room! I actually have been trying to find baskets to replace the plastic bins that came with her toy organizer, you know, the kind with the angled, multicolored bins. No luck so far, though!
Shelley, mom to dd 5/19/01, ds 9/06/02, and ds 4/01/07. Lost babe 4/09