PlanToys: Sustainable Wooden Toys
Changing the world, one toy at a time
We are really passionate about PlanToys here at Babipur, and have been proud to be working with them since 2009! PlanToys have been leading the way in sustainable, eco conscious toys since they began 39 years ago! They are now one of the most respected toy brands around the world. Their commitment to creating not only amazing toys but to making a better a world is truly inspirational.
Ethically Made and Eco-Friendly
At the very heart of PlanToys is sustainability. They believe that children should grow up with a passion to preserve natural resources and to be guardians of our planet. Better kids for a better world. Their mission is to protect staff, consumers, and the planet.
PlanToys toys are ethically made in the Southern Province of Trang, Thailand from natural rubber wood trees that no longer produce latex. They were the first company to use rubberwood to produce toys, and the best part – they never cut down a single tree for production. Rubberwood trees that would have been scheduled to be burned are now made into beautiful toys. The wood is strengthened using their own chemical-free kiln-drying process.
As well as solid wood toys, they also make beautiful toys from their very own PlanWood, which is a byproduct of the 2 tons of sawdust that the toy factory produces daily. This ensures they use every part of the rubber wood tree, nothing goes to waste. Everything from product to packaging is safe and sustainable.
Rubberwood & Plan Wood
We are passionate about sustainable play at Babipur, and we know our customers are too. Solid rubberwood toys made by PlanToys have always flown off our shelves. In more recent years, the introduction of PlanWood has been hugely popular too. PlanWood is made from waste sawdust and rubberwood off-cuts. They use a specifically designed non-toxic glue, combined with eco organic dyes, and compressed under high pressure to bind it all together.
PlanWood is as green as green can be, super-solid and built to last. The the colour is added during the manufacturing process, so no paint is needed and colour won’t ever flake off. This makes it a highly durable and robust material that will stand up to being bashed about by little product testers!
There is no plastic in PlanWood or any of the packaging. It’s great 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 textured appearance duet the tiny pieces of sawdust that have gone into them. The really are beautiful, engaging and education toys at its best.
Take a look at these two toys: the PlanWood Dancing Alligator on the left and the iconic Solid Dancing Alligator designed in 1999, on the right. Both will be a delight for small children, who will love to watch them wiggle along when pulled across the floor. Each would make the perfect pal for your little adventurer, but which material will you choose? There’s even a limited edition rainbow version (above), which is a colourful take on this 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!
In order to reduce energy consumption, 73% of the resources used at PlanToys are from within a 30 km radius around the factory in the Trang. Making a fantastic contribution to their carbon footprint.
Socially Responsible Toy Maker
Each year, an amazing 10,000 children visit the Plan Toys factory to learn about sustainability. Offering employing to people with disability is very important, many of the toys are hand-sanded by visually impaired people. To celebrate their 30th anniversary, PlanToys worked with mothers of children with autism, cerebral palsy and visual impairment 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
Educational toys can be fun! Children of all ages and abilities will love PlanToys. 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, PlanToys have something for everyone – and Babi Pur stock the entire range. 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!). There is a whole selection of new and exciting goodies available, as well as a heap of classic toys, made to last. Here are some of our favourites from the Plan Toys range.
PlanToys Bee Hives
There’s a real buzz around this amazing colour sorting toy, the PlanToys Bee Hives 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. It is suitable from age 3.
PlanToys Sort & Count Cups
Here is another great colour sorting challenge that will appeal to smaller children. This set of five Planwood Sort & Count Cups and rubberwood counters are ideal for learning to count and identifying different colours. The counters also come in handy when playing shop and in the the play kitchen, as the are ideal as pennies and soup ingredients too! It’s a fab open-ended toy for creative play. Suitable from 18 months+.
PlanToys Cone Sorting
This is a clever twist on the stacking rings classic toy. Toddlers will love to build up the PlanToys Cone Sorter – and destroy! Make 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+.
PlanToys Bird Walker
Watch and listen to the birdies peck for worms making a melodic sound, as this Bird 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+.
PlanToys Wooden Parking Garage
We’re all revved up over the amazing PlanToys Wooden Parking Garage. It’s made from solid rubber wood complete with 2 parking levels, a lift, helipad and ground floor. It 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.
PlanToys Neo Kitchen
Budding chefs will enjoy cooking up a storm with this stylish Plan Toys Neo 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 role play and cooking up their own creations. Suitable from age 3.
PlanToys Green Dolls’ House
Green parents will love this new Green 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! 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 the full range of PlanToys at Babipur.
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