Introducing Plan Toys wooden toysBy Ian Allan
Plan Toys is an eco-friendly and ethical Toy Company based in Thailand. They treat the environment well and they treat their staff well. And they make the most beautiful wooden toys. We are so happy to stock them.
Their wooden toys are made from reclaimed rubber woods and are especially important during a child’s first five formative years.
Plan Toys is concerned with its social and environmental responsibilities in every step of its production line. It has three pillars to its business…
Pillar 1: Sustainable Material
- All Plan Toys are made from rubber trees that no longer produce latex. No chemicals are used. Even soil fertilizing is stopped for three years prior to tree cutting. The rubber wood is chemically-free kiln dried.
- Water-based colours that are safe for children are used to colour all toys.
- Plan Toys use a certified E-Zero glue formaldehyde-free wood glue.
- Many PlanToy components are made from Planwood. Planwood is waste sawdust and woodchips from other parts of the toy manufacturing process, ground and then formed into a shape using thermal processes.
- All printing is done on recycled paper using soy ink. Soy ink is more readily biodegradable than chemical inks.
Pillar 2: Sustainable Manufacturing
- Plan Toys use a mix of solar energy and bio-fuels (including wood waste from the factory) to power the machinery that kiln-dries the wood and the finished toys. Local villages also receive energy produced by the plant.
- Plan Toys have an ongoing reforestation program. In 2017 they planted 3900 trees. Also, in a PlanToy sponsored program, over 50,000 trees have been planted in Thailand’s Chaiyaphum province.
Pillar 3: Mind
- Plan Toys exceed ASTM (US) and EN71 (European) toy safety standards.
- Ethical and environmental certifications:
- Plan Toys is OHSAS 18001 certified meaning that both office and factory work environments meet international OH&S standards.
- Plan Toys is ISO 14001 certified which is an international environmental standard.
- In addition, Plan Toys is SA 8000 certified – this is a Social Accountability certification that includes components such as health and safety, working hours, child labor, forced labor, discrimination, freedom of association and collective bargaining, wages and discipline.