Monday, March 1, 2010

Why We Love Plan Toys

Plan Toys is by far one of our favorite companies to carry. I have noticed that a lot of people do not know much about why these toys are so awesome, so I just wanted to spread the word!
You can tell just by checking out the box that Plan is something special - their modern, colorful designs are engaging and easy to love for kids of all ages, not to mention that all their products are wood, not plastic. But there is much more to the story than just colorful wooden toys. What a lot of people do not know, probably because their packaging is not smattered with proclamations of eco-friendliness, is that Plan makes some of the greenest toys around. To start with, all the wood comes from organic ruberwood trees which are too old to produce latex. Organic wood? Awesome. Even more awesome is the fact that these trees would usually be cut down and simply burned because their latex yield has decreased, but Plan is the first company to put this wood to a better use. And there is no deforestation in harvesting these trees because they are quickly replanted.

Also, the wood is not treated with any chemicals after it is cut, but rather it is kiln-dried and all of the paints are water-based and free of heavy metals and nasty chemicals. And you know what they use to power the kiln? Scraps and off-cuts from the production process, reducing wood waste to zero. They also use solar power and biofuels to power their machinery, and the toys are assembled with non-toxic E-Zero Glue. And even their boxes are recycled, recyclable, and printed with soy and water-based inks.

Pretty awesome, right? In addition to all of their efforts to reduce waste and make the toys as green as possible, they do a lot of charity work and donations to special needs groups, and they have an ongoing reforestation program. So if you have not had a chance to check out Plan Toys we carry a nice assortment in all of our stores and we would love to hear which products are your favorites!

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