The Tot 10: Rattan Toys

Of all the toy trends, we simply can’t get enough of rattan! In this guide, we go over the importance of choosing sustainably sourced options, the benefits of rattan as well as our favorite rattan toy and furniture picks for kids!

Rattan riding horse rocker

We know. There’s pretty much nothing cuter than rattan toys and kids furniture.

The perfect combination of boho and chic, it’s a look that works with pretty much any aesthetic. While we love rattan for the element of style it brings, we mostly love it because it can be a sustainable, eco-friendly and non-toxic alternative to mainstream plastic toys.

With that being said, not all rattan is created equally.

In this guide, we’ll go over:

  • What is rattan?
  • Benefits of sustainably sourced rattan
  • Why rattan is a great alternative to plastic
  • Chemicals to avoid in kids products
  • Our favorite rattan kids toy and furniture picks

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What is rattan?

According to the WWF, ‘Rattan is a naturally renewable palm that grows in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australasia, and is used for furniture, handicrafts, and building material among others. Rattan continues to be an invaluable part of rural people’s livelihoods in South and Southeast Asia.’

 

Benefits of sustainably sourced rattan

 

  • Helps to protect against deforestation
  • Provides a source of income to impoverished African and Asian communities
  • Allows these communities to become stewards and guards of their forests and biodiversity
  • Provides habitat for endangered and threatened species
  • Ensures a long-term supply of a useful material

 

Why rattan is a great alternative to plastic

While products made from natural materials are usually an eco-friendlier option than plastic, it’s always important to remember HOW it’s sourced.

Just like the cultivation of cotton and production of wooden products, if not done sustainably, the impact on people and the planet can be immense.

When rattan is sustainably sourced, it’s not only a greener option, it’s a safer option. Unlike mainstream plastic toys than can contain chemicals like BPA, BPS, Harmful Phthalates, Formaldehyde, and PVC to achieve shape, durability and texture, rattan is naturally bendable, durable and long-lasting.

 

Chemicals to avoid in kids products

At The Tot, we never use or recommend anything that hasn’t passed The Tot Test. This means we’ve looked deep into third-party testing, examined ingredients lists and asked in-depth questions about a product’s composition to ensure they have safe levels of the chemicals we question.

When it comes to kids products, we like to steer clear of the below because they’re all known to cause both short and long-term health problems:

  • BPA + BPS
  • Harmful phthalates
  • PVC
  • Formaldehyde
  • Lead and other heavy metals
  • Pesticides + herbicides

Click here to read the full list of ingredients we take a closer look at and why.

 

Our Favorite Sustainably Sourced Kids Rattan Toy Picks

All Tot Tested and approved, here are our favorite sustainably sourced kids rattan toy picks.

 

 

Poppie Toys Poppie Rocking Horse

 

 

Handmade to encourage balance, coordination and active play, the Poppie Toys Poppie Horse is finished with a natural water-based finish to enjoy years of non-toxic play!

 

Poppie Toys Rocking Horse

 

Poppie Toys Poppie Rocking Horse

 

$189

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Poppie Toys Rattan Shopper

 

The Poppie Toys Rattan Shopper and Raduga Grez vegetable set

 

The Poppie Toys Rattan Shopper is a must-have for make-believe and will make honing hand-eye coordination and learning to steer that much cuter!

 

Poppie Toys Shopping Cart

 

Poppie Toys Shopper

 

$159

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Poppie Toys Rattan Doll Furniture

 

 

Available in a range of colors, Poppie Toys’ handmade Rattan Doll Daybeds and high chair will facilitate hours of imaginative play.

Poppie Toys Day Bed Clay

 

Poppie Toys Rattan Doll Daybed

 

$105

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Poppie Toys Daybed - Floral

 

Poppie Toys Rattan Doll Daybed – Floral

 

$109

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Poppie Toys High Chair

 

Poppie Toys Rattan Doll High Chair

 

$95

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Poppie Toys Mini Rattan Tea Set

 

Poppie Toys Mini Rattan Doll Table & Chairs

 

$108

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Pretty in Pine Doll Accessories

 

Little girl wearing a brown dress playing with a Pretty in Pine doll in a wooden pram

 

Australian brand, Pretty in Pine, has won our hearts with their handcrafted sustainable wood & rattan doll accessories.

 

Pretty in Pine Woven Dolly Pram

Pretty in Pine Woven Dolly Pram

 

$95

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Pretty in Pine Woven Dolly Bed

Pretty in Pine Woven Dolly Bed

 

$95

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Olli Ella Strolley

 

Olli Ella Strolley Wheeled Basket in Natural with girl

 

Our favorite thing about the Olli Ella Strolley is that it goes from stroller to wagon, can be used indoors & out and can tote anything from a doll to books to backyard foliage!

 

Olli Ella Strolley Wheeled Basket in Natural

 

Olli Ella Strolley

 

$139.90

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Our Favorite Sustainably Sourced Kids Rattan Furniture Picks

 

 

Poppie Toys Rattan Chairs

 

Poppie Toys Bow Chair

 

Simple and sweet, the Poppie Toys bunny chair adds style and functionality to any playroom.

 

 

Poppie Toys Bunny Chair

 

Poppie Toys Rattan Bunny Chair

 

$129

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We love Olli Ella’s Storie Stool that doubles as a seat with a hidden storage compartment for little treasures.

 

 

Olli Ella Storie Stool

 

$69.90

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