Stuffed Animal Recycling

My children have so many stuffed animals that they can barely be contained in toy boxes any more.  I keep trying to get them to let a few of them go to the thrift store but they get all emotional and have a nervous breakdown.  Stuffed animal recycling is something I had never really considered before but I was curious what I could do with all those stuffed toys if I could convince my kids to give them up.  The site I found is not true stuffed animal recycling….they will not shred up your child’s fuzzy toys and turn them into landfill material.  No reason to turn perfectly good toys into mulch, right?

stuffed animal recycling

I  came across a wonderful way to ‘reuse’ those stuffed animals your kids outgrow. Stuffed animal recycling will get them into the hands of kids who really need them. I don’t have any affiliation with the website, I just have WAY too many stuffed animals that I need to find new homes for. I would hate for them to end up in a landfill when there are children who could be comforted by them!

stuffed animal recycling

Stuffed Animal Recycling

If you have too many stuffed animals in your own home, you can consider donating them to your local fire department, police station, or battered women’s shelter.  There are a ton of underprivileged kids in pretty scary situations that would be comforted a great deal by a fuzzy companion at just the right moment.  Sometimes children have to be removed from their home and just having a few stuffed toys in the trunk of the police cruiser can come in handy.

How do you keep the collection of stuffed toys under control in your child’s room?  Do you hang them from nets on the ceiling?  Sort through them and donate them to Good Will without asking your child’s permission?  Have you found any great places that offer stuffed animal recycling near you?

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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can't quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!


  1. Tina - My Own Party of 5 says:

    Thanks SO much for posting this! We just moved and have 5 big boxes of stuffed animals to get rid of. I was going to just donate them to the thrift store, but haven’t yet because I was trying to find a ‘better cause.’ This is exactly what I was looking for!

  2. I’m glad I could be of some help! I am always looking for new ways to ‘reduce, reuse, and recycle’ so if you have any tips you’d like to share, feel free to post them!

  3. This is a great idea! My daughter loves stuffed animals (as do most children) problem don’t have enough room anymore!! It is time she needs to pick which one’s need a new home. Now we now were to send them thanks to you. I am following you btw

  4. Christie Lanning says:

    We have loads of stuffed animals, and not nearly enough room for them all. Thanks for sharing:^)

  5. Thanks so much for that information! In fact, I just signed up to start a chapter in my area! I think I just may have enough stuffed animals of my own to fill up a donation box! LOL. This will also make a GREAT charity for my kids to participate in.

    (MBC…thanks for commenting on my blog! :) )

  6. Thanks for stopping by. I hope I can get my kids to part with some of their stuffed animals so I can donate. They get so attatched to them!

  7. I wish we had something like this where I lived, we’ve resorted to doing our own local version where new babies’ parents get the “baby basket” with newborn clothes and stuff the rest of the gang of friends don’t need right now. Reuse is always better.

    This is a great concept, it encouraged reuse and gives children who need it joy in life. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Im glad you found the article helpful. I am always amazed at how much ‘stuff’ children acquire over the years and trying to find new homes for it all is very challenging!

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