Real wood playsets versus plastic. Which is better?

Real wood playsets versus plastic. Which is better?

Traditionally inspired, sleek wooden toys and playsets have been making a comeback lately, and with good reason. Not only are they better for the environment, but they’re also sturdier, more aesthetically pleasing, and safer for you and your child.

With every generation, parents get more and more attuned to how to protect their children and help them grow. Many plastic toys and playsets don’t fit the needs of a modern parent and are out of the question when it’s realized they can negatively impact the health of your home. Let’s look at some of the reasons why wooden toys and playsets are superior to plastic ones.



The landscape of indoor gyms, playgrounds, and slides comprises quickly-dented, unsecured plastics only designed to support very young children. This means that plastic products have a short shelf life. In fact, the average plastic toy ends up in the landfill after six months. It can be due to poor quality and breakage or because the child is no longer interested in the toy. Plastic playsets are the same. They are often less sturdy than their wooden counterparts, breaking more easily and unable to withstand weathering or solid use over time.

When your kids are in their formative years of exploration and growth, they need something that will grow with them. Our slides and gyms accommodate the weights and sizes of many children and will constantly encourage them to get moving and get creative.


Environmentally friendly


It may be no surprise that wooden playsets are far better than plastic ones for the environment. U.S. citizens generate about 130 kilograms of plastic waste annually, making us the world’s largest plastic waste generator. Most of it comes from plastic bottles, but broken plastics and waste materials from other things like toys also contribute to that percentage. Nothing is stopping us from reducing, reusing, and recycling. Buying wooden toys and playsets can help you do your part to protect the environment without you really having to do anything at all.


When you purchase a wooden playset created through sustainable methods, with environmentally friendly lacquers, you’re helping to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the world. When we do use plastic components, you can be assured there is no DCA, a compound that negatively affects the liver and kidneys.


Looks better, feels safer

Plastic has gained popularity over the past 50 years because of its cheap production process. The big downside to plastic is that it is produced using fossil fuels. Besides producing pollution during the production process, plastic toys also emit toxic fumes after incineration, which adds to the problem after the toy has outlived its lifespan.


Plastic toys and playsets can contain chemicals that damage your kids’ health after constant exposure. Not only that, these plastics can be brightly colored and distracting in the center of your home. Wooden playsets and gyms fit in with your aesthetic and maintain a more calming environment in your home.


Avenlur recognized a need for a change. No more dangerous chemicals, neon colors, or play places children outgrow in six months. With a sleek, modern design, our gyms and playgrounds are both certified safe by ASTM and CPSIA, and rigorously tested to guarantee product safety and standardize product performance.