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Re-Tread Recycled Tyre Toy Box

Submitted by on May 25, 2010 – 12:29 pmNo Comment

“What do you get for the car-mad toddler to keep his fleet of toy cars in? A toy-box made of re-cycled car tyres, that’s what! And this stylish, ethical and eco-friendly box can be used for more than merely tidying the playroom.

£250

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Re-Tread Large Recycled tyre toy boxInitial thoughts: one of the most unusual toy-boxes you’re likely to find, this robust, no-nonsense, versatile wooden chest clad in recycled tyre treads is nothing if not a talking point, attracting interest and comment from just about everyone of any age. Available in a range of sizes, the one we were sent measured 100cm x 50cm x 55cm – small enough to fit almost anywhere but with a surprising storage capacity.

We liked: The box is strong and the rubber tyre surround means it can withstand all manner of toddler knocks and bumps.Toys are nothing if not safe when stashed away in this box – safe from dogs, older siblings, prams, pushchairs, furniture and vacuum-cleaners. The height also means the box doubles up as a useful seat, coping easily with the weight of a toddler and, of course, adding extra security for the toys inside!

We weren’t so keen: The heavy lid is simply hinged and has a canvas restraining bar to prevent it opening too far. But this means it can slam shut with a finger-crushing thump if you’re not careful. In an otherwise entirely toddler-friendly piece of kit this could be a seious drawback, albeit one to be overcome by ensuring toy tidy-up is supervised. Nevertheless a simple clasp would make the box safe, as well as curtailing the endlessly amusing lid opening and closing game.

Overall: The Re-Tread recycled tyre toy box is a unique, strong and endlessly useful toy box with plenty of mileage.

[Tim, Bringing up Charlie]

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