the sustainable toy story
As a toy maker it’s important to me not to follow the current linear industrial production model of take-make-waste because this model has led to the world’s current waste and pollution problems. As a champion of Nature I want to follow its example and think circularly. Instead of designing a product only up to its point of sale, I think all the way to the end of it’s life. This is done by:
Designing out waste and pollution
Keeping products and materials in use as long as possible
Regenerating natural systems
Love HeartWood’s circular toy story
For an in-depth look at circular economies visit the Ellen Macarthur Foundation
natural materials and finishes
Brian Collins is one of the last makers of Aunt Sally equipment in the country. The throwing sticks used are made of local Oxfordshire Beech. Love HeartWood toys are made from the cast off wooden spindles that would otherwise be thrown away.
photo credit: Greg Blatchford
ethically made, organic cotton bags
To reduce waste packaging is kept to a minimum. Toys come in cotton bags that you won’t want to throw away but keep on using instead. Love HeartWood bags are ethically and sustainably made from organic cotton by Where Does It Come From? an award winning social enterprise.
Every bag is marked with a code which allows it to be traced right back to the cotton field it originated in.
If you have a bag and would like to know where it came from, click the button below then enter the code on the bag that begins CU
tags, labels and cards
Tags that are required for CE compliance and instructions are printed onto recycled card and attached using sustainably made British hemp twine. Likewise marketing materials, gift cards, labels and packing paper is recycled paper. Even the postal boxes are made of 75% minimum recycled fibres and secured using paper tape.
For more information about the materials, finishes and packaging used please see the main suppliers list.
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naturally handcrafted toys
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