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.