We carry a handpicked selection of toy brands, chosen because of their sustainable practices, materials and design quality. We focus on toys that are designed with children's development in mind.
Plan Toys is one of our favorite toy manufacturers. Their commitment to sustainability is outstanding and their toys are beautiful, safe and educational. Based in Trang, in the south of Thailand, Plan Toys was founded in 1981. They mainly focus on reclaimed rubber wood toys that enhance child development, especially during the first five formative years.
Around 70% of the materials used to produce their toys are taken from a 19 miles radius from their manufacturing plant in Trang, Thailand, providing income to their local community and reducing their carbon footprint.
They also have a reforestation program in place and eco-friendly packaging.
Their factory is partially powered by renewable energy (solar and biomass) and provides a safe and healthy work environment for their diverse workforce, as confirmed by their OHSAS 18001 certification. They are also SA 8000 certified, providing full and equal opportunities to all employees.
Country of origin: Sustainably made in Thailand
Materials: clean, natural rubberwood from rubber trees that no longer produce latex. To keep the rubberwood pure, no fertilizer is added to the soil for three years before the trees are cut. To strengthen the wood, PlanToys® uses a special chemical-free, kiln-drying process. Organic pigments, E-Zero glue & water-based dyes.
Toy categories: Babies, Push & Pull, Water Play, Active Play, Learning & Education, Games & Puzzle, Music, Pretend Play
Safety: All PlanToys products exceed international safety standards including both ASTM (USA) and EN71 (Europe)
Haba is a reputable German toy manufacturing company owned by the Habermaass family for more than 80 years. They are best known for their high-quality baby and children's toys, as well as children's games and block sets.
HABA takes environmental protection very seriously in all aspects of its business. They are constantly upgrading their production processes and ascertaining, evaluating and minimizing the use of raw materials, emissions and waste volumes on an ongoing basis.
Country of origin: Most of their wooden toys for babies are made in Germany. Their dolls and a number of other toys are made in China under direct supervision of HABA Germany personnel to ensure the highest quality standards and working conditions.
Materials: Beech and birch wood, plywood, BPA free plastic, solvent-free paints, water-based stains, cardboard, polyester, blended cotton fabrics, soft suede and plush, corduroy, velvet, felt and mesh.
Safety: All Haba Toys products exceed international safety standards including both ASTM (USA) and EN71 (Europe)
Sarah's silks is a small family business, based in Sebastopol, California.
Drawing from the philosophies of Waldorf education and her own childhood of imaginative play, Sarah has been designing Playsilks and other natural, eco-friendly wooden and silk toys for over 25 years.
The silk fabric used to make their wonderful PlaySilks is Habotai, a biodegradable ancient product from China. Silk caterpillars eat mulberry leaves so farms have to grow a large number of trees to produce silk, and the caterpillars are fed by hand on family farms. No pesticides or chemicals can be used as the caterpillars and moths are sensitive, which means that the finished product is 100% natural.
Silk making is an ancient tradition that is indigenous to China, and is still an important and celebrated process in Chinese culture today. Sarah's silks team has had the pleasure of visiting the facilities where their silks are made, meeting the skilled people who hand dye and hem their products in the village of Souzhou. Over the past twenty-five years they have cultivated positive working relationships with silk manufacturers in China, and continue to feel positively about working with them and are confident that the individuals producing their products are being paid a fair and competitive wage.
Country of origin: Made in China. Hand dyed and hemmed in the village of Souzhou
Materials: 100% natural silk colored with Jaquard acid dyes and white vinegar
Safety: Sarah's silks have all passed safety testing for children of all ages