PlanToys Sustainable Wooden Toys


We love PlanToys at Babipur, and their colourful eco toys have been on our shelves since 2009.  For over 30 years, PlanToys have been leading the way in making green and ethical toys that are hits with kids and parents alike.  If you’ve not come across the brand before, here’s everything you need to know about PlanToys.

Ethically Made And Eco-Friendly

Many companies crow about their green credentials, but for PlanToys, running a sustainable, environmentally-friendly business is more than just a marketing ploy.


PlanToys toys are ethically made in Thailand from natural rubber wood trees that no longer produce latex , they then strengthen the wood with their chemical-free kiln-drying process.  As well as solid wood toy they also make beautiful toys from their very own PlanWood, which is made from the 2 tons of sawdust that the toy factory produces daily.  This  ensures they use every part of the rubberwood tree.

Rubberwood v Plan Wood

We love wooden toys at Babipur and we know our customers do too.  Solid rubberwood toys by Plan Toys have always flown off our shelves but we’re also loving new kid in town: Planwood.  Made from the waste sawdust and rubberwood off-cuts, their very own non-toxic glue and eco organic dye sall compressed under high pressure to bind it together.  Planwood is as green as green can be, super-solid and built to last.   Because the colour is added in the manufacturing process, no paint is needed so colour won’t flake off, making it a highly durable material that will stand up to being bashed around by little product testers.  Yes, it’s processed but there’s nothing plastic about Planwood and it’s good to know that when you buy a Planwood toy, you’re supporting a zero-waste toy manufacturing process.  Planwood toys are smooth to the touch but have a speckled appearance from all of the tiny pieces of sawdust that have gone into them.


Take a look at these two toys: the Planwood Dancing Alligator on the left and the iconic Solid Dancing Alligator on the right. Both will delight small children who will love to watch them wiggle along when pulled across the floor.  Each will make the perfect pal for your little adventurer, but which material will you choose? There’s even a limited edition rainbow version, which is a colourful take on the classic toy.  Suitable from age 1.


Safe and Sustainable Materials


Not satisfied with glues available on the market, PlanToys have developed their very own certified E-zero Non-Formeldehyde glue.  All their dyes are waterbased using non-formeldehyde organic colour pigments.  Even their labels and packaging are printed on recycled paper using soy ink.

Sustainable and Safe Toy Manufacturing


PlanToys are a carbod neutralcompany and they have such a positive affect on the local community.  Their Biomass generator not only produces electricity for the whole factory it also provides enough for the  villages around the PlanToys factory too!

Socially Responsible Toy Maker


Each year, 10,000 children visit the Plan Toys factory to learn about sustainability.  Many toys are hand-sanded by visually impaired people and, to celebrate its 30th anniversary, Plan Toys worked with mothers of children with autism, cerebral palsy and visual impairments to to design toys that that can make a real difference to their children’s lives. The PlanToys Children and Comunity Club is a wonderful project that gives local children and the children of PlanToys employees the chance to take part in lots of activities during school holidays.

Fun Wooden Toys Your Child Will Love

Being eco and eductational doesn’t mean boring – children of all ages will love Plan Toys.  Whether you’re after a stimulating rattle, a baby walker, stacking toys, building blocks, pull-along animals, play kitchens, dolls’ houses, puzzles, educational toys, family games, musical instruments or toy cars, Plan Toys have the lot – and it’s all in store at Babi Pur.  If you haven’t anything in your toy box from Plan Toys, now is the time to break the piggy bank (and replace it with a new Plan Toys piggy bank!) as there are a whole load of new and exciting goodies available, as well as a heap of classic toys.  Here are some of our favourites from the Plan Toys range.

Plan Toys Bee Hives


There’s a real buzz around this colour sorting toy among Babipur customers.  Children will have to concentrate to pick up the coloured bees and put them back into their right hive, or mix the colours up.  This is a great wooden toy for learning colours, encouraging kids to take turns and also promoting the skills needed to hold a pen. Suitable from age 3.

Plan Toys Sort & Count Cups



Here’s another great colour sorting challenge that will appeal to tots.  This set of five Planwood cups and rubberwood counters are ideal for learning to count and identifying different colours.  The counters will also come in handy when playing shop and in the the play kitchen as they’re ideal as pennies and soup ingredients too! It’s a fab open-ended toy for creative play. Suitable from 18 months+.

Plan Toys Cone Sorting


This is a clever twist on the stacking rings classic toy. Toddlers will love to build up – and destroy! – weird and wonderful towers using the chunky Planwood rings and rubberwood supports.  This colourful toy will be a lasting hit with toddlers and young children and hone their problem-solving skills. Suitable from 18 months+.

Plan Toys Bird Walker


Watch and listen to the birdies peck for worms as this baby walker is pushed along.  Its adjustable handle means it will be enjoyed as your baby grows and the colourful wooden blocks are fab for building with.  Walkers are a traditional first birthday present and this one is a fantastic model. Suitable from 10 months+.

Plan Toys Wooden Parking Garage


We’re all revved up over the original Plan Toys Wooden Parking Garage.  It’s made from solid rubber wood complete with 2 parking levels, a lift, helipad and ground floor and comes with some great accessories, including a retro toy car.


Mini motoring enthusiasts will love this toy and it is scaled to fit with all other toys in the PlanWorld  range, including a road and rail track. Suitable from age 3.

Plan Toys Neo Kitchen3483-plan-toys-neo-kitchenBudding chefs will enjoy cooking up a storm with this stylish mid centrury wooden play kitchen.   It has a sink, twin hobs and two spaces to act as cupboards or an oven.  This is a great new kitchen and will be a favourite toy with kids who love to copy parents in the kitchen. Suitable from age 3.

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Green parents will love this new eco dolls’ house.  Not only is it made from sustainable rubberwood but it’s a fantastic way to teach children about green living, thanks to its wind turbine, solar panels and recycling bins. A wooden dolls’ house is a classic present that imaginative children will enjoy for years to come. It’s huge! See it in action here. Suitable from age 3.

The amount of work that goes into designing the toys and tools that make them is incredible.  Check out this video showing the manufacturing process for a Plan Toys Chicken Racer.

That’s just a tiny peak at what Plan Toys do. Be sure to check out our full PlanToys range  at Babipur. We’d love to hear from you, tell us which toys are your favourites by commenting on this post (link to comment on the top).



Grimm’s Ball Run Assembly Track (video included)


We’re huge fans of wooden marble runs and ball tracks here at Babipur, so we were really excited to film our very own unboxing video and to  build and play with the Grimm’s Ball Run.

A video of our Grimm’s ball run un-boxing

As you can see from the video, the Grimm’s Ball Run Assembly Track really is a wonderful toy.  Building the ball run involves attaching  colourful dowels and panels together and then slotting each piece onto a rod to create a colourful staircase for the balls  to role down. We enjoyed building the marble run as much as we enjoyed playing with it.  Assembling the marble run is a great way to encourage children to use their concentration and patience skills with their perseaverence being rewarded at the end.   We decided to match the colour of the dowels with the panels and to group the cololurs together for a rainbow effect, but it would look just as impressive all jumbled up.  The set contains four bells instead of marbles which make a lovely chiming sound as they spiral down before collecting in the wooden plate at the base.  Of course, there is no reason why you can’t use different coloured marbles instead of the bells and children will enjoy racing different beads and marbles and guessing which ones will get to the bottom the fastest!

We sell a huge range of Grimm’s  wooden toys at Babipur.  Each one is made in Europe from alder, lime, beech and maple wood that has been sourced from sustainably managed European forests. Grimm’s toys are made by skilled craftspeople in handpicked workshops across Europe before being painted and dyed with beautiful natural and rich colours by the Grimm’s team in Germany.  All of the paints and natural oils used to finish the toys are harmless and enhance the natural beauty of the wood, the toys aren’t finished with laquers so the beautiful grain and natural markings of the wood are visable.

This beautiful toy and many others can be purchased online at

Zero Waste Week 2016 at Babipur

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Every year for one week in September this grassroots campaign sets out to raise awareness of the negative effects that the amount of waste we produce each year has on our environment; it also reaches out to empower people to think about their waste production and reduce it.

Here at Babi Pur we are very conscious about the environment and we are always thinking about ways we can reduce our waste and yours!

Reducing waste at Babipur Towers

Here at Babipur we work hard to keep our waste production as low as possible, and one major way we do this is by recycling and re-using the packaging and boxes that come into our warehouse from our suppliers.  We don’t buy in any materials that are not recyclable, our packing tape is paper based, we re-use as many boxes as we can, any boxes we do buy in are made from recycled card and our small despatch bags are biodegradable.  This is important to us as we sell such a wide range of goodies of all shapes and sizes and this can produce a lot of packaging!

So instead of it all being thrown away and forgotten about we re-use it all to package up your lovely orders and send them off to arrive safely to you!

Our products help YOU to reduce waste

Not only are we conscious about our packaging but we put a lot of thought into our products, we only source ethically produced, fair trade goods made of natural and sustainable materials. This means the products we sell have a considered impact in the environment and many have a positive impact over their lifetime.

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Reusable nappies are awesome

Here at Babi Pur we just love cloth nappies! Cloth nappies are fantastic, wash and re-use over and over again and drastically reduce your household waste.  Each day around 8 million disposable nappies are thrown away each day in the UK alone and they all go into landfill because disposable nappies are not recyclable or biodegrable.  In fact every single disposable nappy ever made hasn’t started to degrade yet which is a pretty gross thought.   Landfill and environmental damage isn’t the only problem either, disposable nappies require vasts resources to be produced, oil, water and other chemicals. Even if you only use one washable nappy per day it makes a difference so, if you haven’t already, give the a go!

Each brand has a wide range of beautiful prints and patterns, whether it’s the excellent themes with Tots Bots, the beautiful designs from Milovia, or our very own Babi Pur elephant designs on Close Pop Ins! Switching to cloth nappies is a great way to reduce the amount of harmful waste that is produced every year, it’ll also save you money in the long term and is kinder to your baby’s skin.

Why not check out our range of nappies? There’s so many to choose from, and for #ZeroWasteWeek while stocks last you’ll even get a free elephant bag when you buy one of our elephant Pop Ins!

Reusable menstrual products

Just like disposable nappies are bad for the environment, so too are tampons and disposable sanitary pads. But there is an alternative! CSP (cloth sanitary pads) and menstrual cups are a cheaper and environmentally friendly alternative to disposable products. Using CSP can greatly reduce the amount of waste that is produced as a result of using disposable sanitary products.

Not only that but they don’t contain any chemicals that are harmful to the environment and your own health.

Here at Babi Pur we have a great range pf csp, breast pads and menstrual cups and we stock everything you’ll need to make the transfer from disposable sanitary products to reusable, or expand your collection.

Making small changes in the products you use on a regular basis from disposable to reusable alternatives will make a great difference to your life, bank balance and the environment! Every little bit helps, you don’t have to dive in and use them fill time straight away.  Our advice would be to try a couple of brands and see which ones you like before buying enough for your period.

Klean Kanteen

Klean Kenteen is all about a more reusable and healthier lifestyle, check out their range of drinks bottles, coffee cups, food containers & more all made from quality stainless steel and available at Babipur.

Disposable coffee cups have recently been highlighted on a recent BBC programme by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall as being a major recycling problem; just imagine all of those cups with their plastic lids being thrown away after people finish their morning coffee on their way to work every day.  Did you know that paper disposable coffee cups are NOT recycled by most councils in the UK and so guess where they end up… yup, landfill.

That’s why we are proud to stock the Klean Kanteen range! These beauties are made of stainless steel and are perfectly insulated so your drinks will stay piping hot/ freezing cold for longer! These containers come in a range of colours and sizes and are perfect to take with you to work, picnics, festivals, beaches- anywhere! Bring your own cup to the coffee shop and some even offer a small discount too.

With these fantastic containers you’ll no longer have to worry about having to use those environmentally damaging disposable cups… or cold coffee for that matter! Klean Kanteen also make a wide range of water bottles, cups and containers, great for days out and helps reduce to reduce those purchases of plastic water and drinks bottles.  Loads of spares and replaceable parts are available so your Klean Kanteen will pretty much last a life time.


So whether you’re an eco warrior already or thinking about making some small changes to get started now is the time to do it. Head over to Babipur today and get involved in a more reusable, less wasteful lifestyle.

Green People Organic Sun Lotion

My youngest daughter and I both have blue eyes and fair skin that burns very easily in the sun.  According to the British Association of Dermatologists, People with a darker complexion have more natural sun protection, while fair-skinned individuals like ourselves are more susceptible to sun burn, skin cancer and photodamage.  I’ve actually had growths removed from the side of my face due to sun damage which was pretty scary!  No sun lotion can offer full protection so it is very important that we take other precautions such as wearing tight waved clothing, wide brimmed hats, sunglasses when out in the sun and try our best to keep out of the direct sunlight between the hours of Midday and 3pm.

We decided to stock the Green People range of Sun protection here at Babi Pur after using it ourselves on the whole family.  We did a lot of research into different types of sun protection and came to the conclusion that a natural and organic sun lotion was much better for our skin.

The Green People sun lotion is very easy to apply, it rubs in easily and you don’t look like a ghost when you have it on! Our whole family uses the Organic Children sun lotion as it works well for all of us, I can even get away with putting it on my face without breaking out in spots, which is what usually happens when I apply sun lotion to my face.

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Is SPF 30 high enough?

This is a question we’re often asked by our customers here at Babi Pur.  It would be reasonable to assume that a Factor 50 offers nearly double the protection of a SPF25 or SPF30, however an SPF30 lotion offers 97% protection against UVB rays, while SPF50 offers just 1% more at 98%

Applying an SPF50 could actually give a false sense of security, Green People say that some people have a tendency to re-apply less often and stay in the sun longer when they use higher factors.  This can significantly increase your risk of sun damage because you need to reapply regularly to protect from UVA damage no matter what factor you use.

What about UVA Rays?

It is the UVA rays that cause long term damage in the deep layers of your skin.  The SPF factor refers to the UVB rays and not the UVA.  To protect your skin from the UVA rays it is very important that you wear enough sun lotion and re-apply often.   Look out for broad spectrum sun lotions that carry the UVA seal, this is a logo with ‘UVA’ inside a circle which indicates that a sun cream meets the EU recommendation and offers UVA protection factor equivalent to at least a third of their SPF.   Some broad spectrum sun lotions display the Boots star rating instead of the UVA seal.

UV rays will reflect from sand, water and snow and can damage your skin even when you are in the shade.  Also, it is worth remembering that UVA rays are present all year round, and 80% of UVA light can penetrate through thin layers of cloud.

Why Green People natural sun lotions?

Green people sun lotions contain a blend of minerals, the mountain flower Edelweiss and a filter derived from Cinnamon which is very effective and provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.  Green People organic skincare choose only the gentle filters to help protect yours and your children’s skin from sun damage.  Their range of sun lotions are therefore suitable for people with very sensitive skin and allergies.  They protect your skin without blocking pores (which is excellent for my skin type) and it allows your skin to breathe and won’t cause irritation.  It is even suitable for those who suffer prickly heat.  Also, Green People sun lotions were submitted for independent testing which confirmed that their lotions were offering high protection against both UVA and UVB rays.  According to Which, not all sun lotions do what they say on the tube.  Five sun creams have failed their SPF testing and Which recommend you stay clear of them. They are: Boots Soltan Protect & Moisturise Lotion SPF30 (200ml); Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion SPF30 (180ml); Hawaiian Topic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion SPF30 (200ml); Piz Buin Ultra Light Dry Tough Sun Fluid SPF30 (150ml); Malibu Protective Lotion SPF30 (200ml).

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Cloth Nappy Jargon and Abbreviations Explained



So you’ve decided to start using cloth nappies and you have a look on the internet to see what’s available.  But there are just so many to choose from and what is this new language of nappy that you have to learn, what is an AIO nappy? and what is a nappy booster? Why isn’t it just simple?

Well it is simple really and to help you out we’ve put together a list of various cloth nappy jargon  and abbreviations commonly used to describe different types and bits of washable nappies.  All in plain and simple English so that any cloth novice can get the hand of it.  If you think we’ve missed any out please add them to the comments at the bottom and we’ll edit the post to include them. Don’t forget we’re always at the other end of the phone if you need any extra help and advice.

Cloth nappy, Real nappy, Washable nappy, Cloth: 

A nappy made of fabric that you wash and then re-use instead of throwing in the bin

AIO, All-in-one nappy: 

A nappy that is all in one piece, both the waterproof outer and absorbent inner are stuck together as one unit.  Examples of the all-in-one would be the new  TotsBots Easyfit Star, GroVia All-in-one, GroVia ONE, Tickle Tots and Real Easy

Pocket nappy: 

A pocket nappy consists of a waterproof shell with a fleece layer attached to the inside and in between the two layers is a pocket into which you stuff an absorbent insert. An example of this would be a  Milovia Pocket Nappy, Fuzzibunz, Charlie Banana and Wonderoos

AI2, All-in-two nappy: 

All in two nappies are made of two parts, absorbent inner and waterproof outer, that can be fastened together usually with poppers.  Once these two parts are stuck together the nappy then resembles and all-in-one but the ability to pull the two pieces apart can speed up drying times.  An example of a all-in-two nappy would be Totsbots Peenut,  Pop-in nappy by Close and GroVia Hybid Nappy

Two part nappy: 

Simply a nappy made of 2 parts, absorbent nappy and waterproof cover.  The two parts don’t fix together like an all-in-two.  Examples are Tots Bots Peenut,  Tots Bots Bamboozles and Milovia cover & inserts

Pre-fold nappies: 

These are a rectangular piece of toweling fabric which is folded into the shape of a pad or nappy and then needs a waterproof cover on top. These are the kind of nappies that have been around for a long time and you would picture a baby wearing with a safety pin, although we don’t use pins anymore.  Sometimes referred to as Flat Nappies

Fitted Nappy: 

An absorbent cloth nappy that “fits” around your baby with a fastening at the front and will then need a waterproof cover on top. Tots Bots Bamboozle is a perfect example

Insert or Soaker

This is usually the absorbent fabric you place inside a nappy to absorb the wee.  Depending on the brand these vary in size and shape.

Wrap, Cover: 

A nappy absorbs wee and you don’t want this wee to escape and soak into your baby’s clothes so you use a waterproof “cover” or “wrap”.  This covers the absorbent part of the nappy and contains the poop and wee. Examples of these are the Totsbots Peenut, Blueberry Coveralls and Milovia Covers.


As babies get bigger and do bigger wee then you might need to “boost” your nappies.  A booster is an extra layer or absorbent fabric you put in the nappy to absorb extra liquid. Some babies needs boosting early on and some only need a booster at night time.  Example, Close Parent boosters


A nappy liner is a thin piece of paper that you place on top of the nappy before you put it on your baby.  This then catches the baby poo and are designed to they can simply throw it down the toilet (drains dependent) or in the bin.  Here at Babi Pur, we would strongly discourage anyone from flushing liners down the toilet as recent experiments have shown that they take longer than expected to biodegrade.    Paper liners can make life a bit easier and are usually made of  natural materials.  Examples Close nappy liners, ImseVimse nappy liners and Totsbots nappy liners.

Fleece liners:

Made from microfleece material fleece liners are placed on the nappy before you place it on your baby.  This material wicks moisture from baby’s skin keeping them feeling dry.  Fleece liners are re-usable and will need to be rinsed and washed after each use. Example Tots Bots fleece liners

Aplix, Velcro, Hook & Loop: 

Commonly known as Velcro but as Velcro is a branded version it’s not always the term used.  This is the fastening used to close the front of the nappy.

Snaps, Poppers: 

Snaps are like little plastic buttons which are used to close the nappy, adjust the size of a nappy and sometimes stick different parts together

B2P, Birth to Potty:

Nappies that adjust in size from birth to potty. Examples are Totsbots Easyfit Star, bamboozle, Pop-in Nappy,  Milovia

Newborn Nappies: 

Some people say that they’re going to use disposables for the first few weeks and then switch to resuables, but we say “cloth from day 1″! Where as one size nappies are great for use from birth to potty, they can sometimes be a little big for newborn babies. Newborn Cloth nappies are great size for babies from 5lb to 12lbs.

Exaples of these nappies are Pop-in newborn, Real Easy XS, GroVia Newborn, Totsbots Teenyfit and Milovia covers & inserts


Sustainable Baby & Kids Swimwear from Maxomorra

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Maxomorra swimwear

A new range of eco friendly recycled swimwear for your little swimmers has landed at Babipur. Fun Scandinavian designs from leading Scandi fair trade brand Maxomorra combined with recycled materials that offer UV protection too. Available in strawberry and shark prints in a range of swim nappies for babies, long sleeve costume sets, swim trunks and swim suits.

Check out our entire range of Maxomorra summer swimwear and clothing here.

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