As a new father, I have become acutely aware about my sudden consumption of all things bright, shiny, ugly and plastic. An avalanche of very non eco-friendly gifts sit on my son's bookcase awaiting him to grow old enough so that he can use them for five minutes until he moves on to the next item. I shudder at the waste but somehow they keep turning up. Of course, we could just pass these on but we could also say no thanks, we'll make our own: An article in Wired magazine gives me a little hope: they suggest that toys in the future will be made on demand at home through 3D printers. Wired says:

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