PLAN TOYS are more than just a toy manufacturer.
At ECOEMPIRE, sustainability and child development are our top priorities. By focusing on child safety and age milestones during design and production. With a strong mission to co-create a sustainable world, Together with PlanToys we intentionally consider every single step of the production in order to minimize environmental impact. This mission is implemented through the three pillars of PlanToys business, also known as our “Sustainable Way.” This includes Sustainable Material, Sustainable Manufacturing and a Sustainable Mind. It is our hope that your little one not only grows in their ability to imagine and create with our wooden toys, but that they also grow closer to nature, better understand the importance of a green lifestyle and successfully develop along the way.
Sustainability is now a key aspect in our daily lives. Customers and companies in the consumer products sector, including products like toys and childcare articles, are paying more attention than ever to the question of sustainability. Being sustainable is no longer just a plus, it’s a crucial business factor. There’s no time to wait so many companies are seeking expert advice.
A plan for sustainability is now an integral part of global business strategy. Companies are looking to implement innovative sustainable approaches to respond to increasing demand for products that respect the environment as much as possible.
In the world of toys, which are often designed to be short-lived and made of petroleum-based plastics, there is urgency to act.
About 75% of the world’s toys are made in China*. That means most of the toys sold in the rest of the world have traveled great distances to get to our homes. The carbon load of travel alone is already a major environmental impact.
In addition, toys often generate significant packaging waste including wraps, plastic bags and ties. These items are discarded before the toy is used. There are other barriers that could hinder sustainability, including the production materials, consumption patterns and the end-of-life paths of these articles.
These are only some of the reasons why applying sustainability to the toy industry can be a challenge. Despite this, there are signs of progress. Some companies are choosing a different path including:
Environmentally preferable materials in products
More sustainable packaging for toys and reduced packaging overall
Broader sustainability initiatives such as carbon management and waste reduction in the product process
Some international and cross-sectorial working groups are also paving the way, making improvements to processes or developing new standards for sustainability.
If you’re ready to put your company on the path toward more sustainable toys and childcare products, UL can help