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The story of PlanWood

Mar 19, 2019 10:37:42 AM

“We see value in waste.” is the starting point of our PlanWood material.

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Traditionally, we manufacture our toys from renewable rubberwood that is no longer producing rubber. Throughout daily rubberwood production, we produce so much leftover materials - inspiring the idea of turning sawdust we produce while manufacturing to a new material called PlanWood™. With some pressure molding, we are able to create a high-density fiber that is strong and durable.

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However, the road to success did not start off so smoothly. In the beginning, we tried to develop many formulas to get a material that fit best with children’s products. Only basic shapes could be made due to the limitation of mold design, and colors we used did not get along well with the material. After years of research and development, everything has settled down. The newly established in-house mold department has been supporting us in producing toys with a variety of shapes. Today, hundreds of our products have PlanWood as part of them!

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Are products made from PlanWood safe for children? Some people wonder about this considering this special material is different from other wooden toys. PlanToys understands child behavior. They enjoy putting toys in their mouths at a certain stage. Therefore, organic pigments and E-zero nontoxic glue are used with PlanWood toys to make sure that they are safe from toxic chemicals that are harmful to children, manufacturers and the environment.

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The uniqueness of PlanWood is that it can be formed into limitless, diverse shapes and has attractive textures. Additionally, its high density has allowed us to expand our product line to catch more customers’ hearts. We are now able to produce water-friendly toys! Last but not least, the process of manufacturing PlanWood toys emits 46 percent less carbon compared to the manufacturing process of solid-wood toys.

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We are more than delighted to tell you the story of PlanWood as this material reflects our passion for sustainability and making the world a better place!

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Global Recycling Day 2019

Mar 4, 2019 4:13:25 PM

March 18th is Global Recycling Day! Let's celebrate by recognizing the importance in preserving our precious resources through recycling. The Global Recycling Foundation highlights the importance of recycled materials as useful resources, not waste.

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At PlanToys, our main focus is on child development and the environment. Every day, we design and manufacture toys to support the development of children while continuing to create low to zero waste through the production process. The eco-design concept was adopted as part of our manufacturing method to decrease our environmental impact.

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"One of the most prominent materials that PlanToys created – PlanWood - was inspired by the eco-design concept. PlanWood is a material made of surplus sawdust from our toy factory. Our president, Mr. VitoolViraponsavan, who realized that there was so much leftover material while manufacturing with rubberwood wanted to add value to sawdust and reduce waste. After years of Research and Development team working with professors and students from universities in Thailand, PlanWood was launched in 2011. PlanWood provides incredible functions to some of our wooden toys, allowing them to be water-resistant and sand-friendly replacing the need to use plastic in many of the toys we produce."

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The thermal process allows us to form PlanWood into many shapes. In the early  years, PlanToys made only basic shapes due to the limitation of mold design. Sort N Count was one of the first PlanWood products. Soon after, the in-house mold department was established, which enabled us to produce toys with a variety of shapes from this material. Today, there are hundreds of products that contain PlanWood parts." said Sopchock Methawuttipunya, Quality System & Lab Manager.

The new Wonky Fruit & Vegetables set highlights our passion for recycling in multiple aspects. First, it is made of PlanWood, which is a recycled material, and it showcases the remarkable characteristics of PlanWood products– the complex and diversified shapes. Secondly, the concept behind the product is to raise awareness among children about food waste.

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According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, one third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally each year, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons. Many fruits and vegetables in supermarkets are left on the shelf because people dislike their crooked appearance.

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We have partnered with Kromkommer, a Dutch social enterprise, to launch the Wonky Fruit & Vegetables playset with the hopes that we will be able to help children become aware of the situation and be consciously nurtured through play. For every set of the Wonky Fruit & Vegetables you purchase, €1 will be distributed to Kromkommer to participate in activities surrounding food waste.

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We diligently and constantly search for sustainable materials that meet our needs to protect everyone involved. As a result, PlanToys became the first company in the world to manufacture toys from rubberwood. However, we never cut down a single tree for production. Instead, we take piles of rubberwood from rubber trees that no longer produce latex, normally scheduled to be burned, to make toys for children. All materials used, from the product itself to our packaging, are safe and sustainable. We use organic pigments, water-based dyes and non-formaldehyde glue for our toys, while using eco-fibre paper and soy ink for printed materials. Additionally, 73% of the resources we use are from within a 30 km radius around our factory, located in the Southern Province of Trang, Thailand, to reduce energy consumption.

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This year, we are excited to bring you the official launch of our new sustainable material, natural rubber! We have now achieved our goal of utilizing every part of the rubber tree. From latex to branches, everything is valuable to us. Our Research & Development team has been researching and experimenting with various formulae before discovering the safest material for our children, toy makers, and the environment. We are aware of children’s behaviors, knowing that they love exploring and discovering new things around them. Therefore, we make safety our top priority.

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Our rubber toys are made of 100% natural rubber. Every single drop of milky fluid is harvested from Hevea or rubber trees in Trang Province, Thailand. As well as giving us a great opportunity to provide local neighbours with employment opportunities, we can also add even more value to the rubber trees!

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Not only are we concerned about safety, but we also take a child’s development into consideration. Natural rubber helps stimulate tactile skills for children as they experience all different types of surfaces whether they are rubber, wood, or fabric. We see how important play is and want to provide children with the ultimate fun; therefore, our products are made to suit to all weather conditions and children can enjoy playing with them both outdoors and indoors!

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Taking kids to school can be tough—but the problem can be resolved if learning is fun! Academic learning might somehow be unpleasant for kids. However, adapting toys, or the concept of play-based learning into their daily learning routines can possibly change their mindsets. To give children limitless ways to practice, pattern blocks with different colors provide them essential skills in mathematics, coordination, concentration, imagination, and fine motor development, while providing huge amounts of fun!

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Welcome our PlanToys Green Ambassador 2018 to the great experiences of visiting Thailand!

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Vroom! Vrooom! Our Ramp Racer just crossed the finish line. Let’s see which kinds of development you will get from it!

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Many parents may raise a question, why play is important? PlanToys®, together with FWD, has got a chance to hold an exclusive workshop to clear this riddle!

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