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Our beloved Toy Makers

May 7, 2019 10:25:08 AM

Before our toys are delivered to your little ones’ hands, our toy makers pass them through many processes: cutting, polishing, coloring, assembling, testing, packing and shipping. All of their hard work in creating safe, high-quality wooden toys for children around the world is highly appreciated!

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In celebration of National Labour Day earlier this month in Thailand, we want to emphasize our Toy Makers’ passion and dedication. In celebration of National Labour Day earlier this month in Thailand, we want to emphasize our Toy Makers’ passion and dedication. We see potential in everyone. Giving opportunity to individuals with special needs (e.g., visual impairment) is something we believe is very important. With help from their managers and colleagues, we are delighted to see a smile on everyone’s faces every single day.

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PlanToys always strives to find a way to make our employees’ lives happier. Several years ago, an issue about debt was brought up after we realized that many of our team members were experiencing financial stress. We started a cooperative shop and created a credit union to ease this pain and encourage good financial habits.

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“I’m happy with my work life. We have free rice for lunch, plus I’m able to own a house, a rubber tree farm and land - these are benefits from being a member of a credit union,” said Yhai Boonchuay, our employee who currently works on the Printing team in the Production Department.PlanToys is the first company he has worked with, and he is already ahead of his retirement plan! “After retirement, I’ll get a pension from what I’ve been saving,” he added.

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We are delighted to hear that our employees are happy individually because this impacts their families and their happiness too! The rubber tree farm that he owns allows his wife to work with natural rubber, and his savings can help pay for his children’s education.

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Apart from financial issues, employee pride is also a common topic of discussion for our company. Annually, we host a trip for our customers to visit the office headquarters in Bangkok and the factory in Trang province. During the journey, they learn about our Sustainable Way of producing products and meet team members behind the production of our toys.

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”I never tire of testing toy quality because I know that safety really matters here,” said Supaporn, a member of our Quality Assurance team who has been working with us since 1990. “I’m proud of my job and I love to show our customers how we create toys for children worldwide,” she said. “Even though we’re in a small district of Trang province, our foreign customers come to visit us annually. I love to see how impressed and excited they are to see the production of our products," Supaporn added.

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.We want to ensure the happiness and productivity of our employees and be their biggest supporters. We like to believe that this is the reason we received the Good Governance Award in Employee Treatment earlier this year! This also highlighted the Good Governance Award in Employee Treatment we have got earlier this year!

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The story of PlanWood

Mar 19, 2019 10:37:42 AM

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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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Thai student team has won a silver medal at KIYO 4I. Let’s see what kind of toys they invented!

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Music provides kids not only enjoyment and happiness but also child development in many areas. Kids in different ages have their own suitable kinds of music. Let’s see what kind is good for your little ones!

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