Play Better #17: Sustainable Play With PlanToys

PlanHome2The Better Toy Store loves the Earth, and that means promoting play that is safe not just for our children, but for our environment too.

To be truly eco-friendly, the entire life-cycle of a toy (from ‘cradle to the grave’) should be looked at from the standpoint of its total impact on the environment; and this includes where it was manufactured, how it was manufactured, its longevity and durability, and its ability to be reused and recycled.

This is why we do everything we can to ensure that the products we put on our shelves are not just safe and fun for our children, but also functional and long-lasting. Good quality toys that are designed with a strong purpose are often durable, possess better play value, and can be passed down from one child to the next, significantly minimizing wastage in the long run.

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This month, we keep our eyes on Sustainable playmakers PlanToys, who has gone far and beyond to maintain imagination, play value, and superior quality standards – all while steadfastly following a path of environmental and social responsibility. By constantly pushing boundaries in its innovation processes, the much-loved toy company admirably passes on the spirit of Sustainable Play through its ideas, culture, design process, and various methods of Reducing, Reusing & Recycling – resulting in meticulously designed toys that are not just  interactive, fun, and flexible; but also responsive to the developmental needs and circumstances of our children and the environment.

PlanToys implements best practices that far exceeds the toy industry standards and takes the art of toy making to the next level. It is famously known as the first company in the world to manufacture wooden toys from preservative-free rubber wood; sourced from rubber trees that no longer produce latex. In 2012, the company even developed and launched a new eco-friendly material called PlanWood, a non-toxic composite wood material made from the two tons of sawdust produced at their toy factory daily.

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This innovative manufacturing technique sees the leftover wood particles compressed at intensive pressures to form a stronger, more durable composite wood. Because of the amount of pressure applied during production, very little glue is needed to bind the sawdust together: believe it or not, less than 1% of formaldehyde-free E-zero glue is used in the manufacturing of PlanWood, with no further heavy chemicals used after.

Because of its unique composite nature, organic colourants can also be added in the process, making it more eco-friendly than non-tested dyes or even soy- or water-based inks! Parents will especially love this fact, because it means that PlanWood toys are now dishwasher-safe – a big plus point for those with children who can’t stop putting everything in their mouths!

Want to know why we’re loving PlanToys so?

Here are a whole bunch of other reasons why!


SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

PlanToys® are made from natural rubber wood trees that no longer produce latex. To keep the wood pure, no fertilizer is added to the soil three years prior to cut the trees down.

To strengthen the wood, PlanToys® uses a chemical-free kiln-drying process.


PlanToys® is assembled using a certified E-Zero formaldehyde free glue in place of traditional toxic wood glue.

PlanToys® commits itself to find the best eco-friendly material. The organic color is not only good for children but also for our environment.

PlanToys® does not use chemical dyes containing lead or any other heavy metals.

SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING

Surplus wood pieces from our production are also used in our Biomass generator to produce electricity for the whole factory and villages around the PlanToys® factory.

The Children Museum’s lighting and power are generated by solar panels. This form of energy helps reduce electricity usage and waste.

Quality Assurance testing is conducted with state of the art equipment at an on-site laboratory prior to sending toys out for third party international testing. All PlanToys® products exceed international safety standards including both ASTM (USA) and EN71 (Europe).

ISO 9001 is a certificate for achieving world-class product quality and service standards. ISO 14001 is a certificate for environmental management.

OHSAS 18001 is for safety and healthy work environment to our staffs both in the office and factory.

PlanToys® is a Carbon Neutral company. Last year, we manufactured approximately 2.5 million toys that released 2,569,373 kg of CO2. Each year we also planted over 9,000 trees which helped absorb over 2,700,000 kg of CO2.

SUSTAINABLE MINDS

The Children’s Museum displays the fascinating history of toys. It has over 10,000 visitors each year. It provides educational fun that teaches children about nature, society, and the environment.

By collaborating with Plan Group each year we arrange an annual «PlanLoves the Forest Program». In the past 8 years, we have planted over 40,000 plants in Chiyaphum province, which covers 2,000 acres.

This project gives children the opportunity to participate in various enrichment activities during school holidays and Thai Children’s Day in January. It has been an extremely beneficial program for the children of PlanToys® employees, as well as those in nearby communities.

The foundation consists of a public library, a park, a hermitage and a magazine that highlights environmental and healthy lifestyle issues.

Mom-made Toys is where PlanToys®, LOWE (Thailand), designers, engineers, academic child specialists and mothers of children with special needs work together to create three type of toys for children with the following disabilities: Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Visual Impairment.

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