Plan Toys

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PlanToys is a toy manufacturer in Trang in the south of Thailand. It was founded in 1981 and makes its toys from rubberwood, a sustainable by-product of the latex industry's harvesting of trees used for natural rubber production once their productivity declines.[1] Using the trees as a resource in this way for wooden toys made by PlanToys is environmentally responsible.[2] Plan Toys uses preservative-free rubberwood and non-formaldehyde glues, as well as recyclable packaging and water-based inks.[3] Their products are marketed as "green", and are recognized as such by various buying guides endorsing green products for children.[4][5]

Distribution[edit]

Starting in January 2002, PlanToys products were distributed worldwide by Swedish company BRIO.[6] After the downfall of BRIO US in 2006, Plan Toys opened its own distribution unit in the US. Distribution in Belgium and Luxembourg is by PlanToys Europe (PTE). PlanToys is present in Japan with a company called PlanToys Japan.[7]

Products[edit]

In 2009, PlanToys collaborated with French design school École Camondo to produce two toys that promote the discovery of nature:[8] Louis the Elephant[9] and Tsu Tsu the rolling rattle.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fuad-Luke, Alastair (2009). Eco design: the sourcebook. Chronicle Books. p. 287. ISBN 978-0-8118-5532-7. 
  2. ^ Shannon, Lorraine (2008-12-03). "'Tis the season for giving back to the planet". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  3. ^ "Milestones". Plan Toys. 2009. Archived from the original on May 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  4. ^ Vasil, Adria (2009). Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products, and Services. Norton. p. 307. ISBN 978-0-393-33428-9. 
  5. ^ Imus, Deirdre (2008). Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care. Simon & Schuster. p. 260. ISBN 978-1-4165-4124-0. 
  6. ^ "Brio to distribute Plan Toys". Playthings. 2001-07-11. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  7. ^ "Marbel to distribute Plan Toys in U.K.". Playthings. 2007-01-02. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  8. ^ Polgar, Pauline (2009-06-24). "Design: L'aventure Camondo de Nature et Découvertes" (in French). Maison a Part. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  9. ^ "Louis l'Elephant" (in French). Maison a Part. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  10. ^ "Tsu Tsu, le hochet roulant" (in French). Maison a Part. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 

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