PlanToys' New Greener Material

PlanToys' New Greener Material

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Beth Callaghan
Mar 2, 2012

We already love PlanToys for their solid, imaginative green toys. Now there's an even greener reason to love them: their new PlanWood material that uses sawdust waste in a groundbreaking way.

Using excess rubber wood sawdust from their factories mixed with organic pigments, PlanWood becomes even greener since it uses what would otherwise be discarded as a byproduct of production. The material is put into high pressure molders in order to create some of PlanToys' iconic pieces, like the cuttable fruit set pictured above. By mixing pigments in with the dust, the company eliminates the need for paints and finishes. That makes the toys water-resistant, so you can even wash them in the dishwasher. What I wouldn't have given when my kids were at that drooly stage to be able to toss a toy in the dishwasher.

Look for a small line of PlanWood toys to launch in March. We can't wait to see how it takes off. Does it appeal to you? Would you buy it because it uses up waste material, because of its washability, or for an entirely different reason?

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