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-Formaldehyde glue. All their dyes are waterbased using non-formaldehyde organic colour pigments. Even their labels and packaging are printed on recycled paper using soy ink.
Sustainable and Safe Toy Manufacturing
PlanToys are a carbon neutral company and they have such a positive affect on the local comunity. 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 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 educational 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.
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.
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+.
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+.
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+.
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 KitchenBudding chefs will enjoy cooking up a storm with this stylish mid century 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.
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).