Sustainable toys 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
For an in-depth look at circular economies visit the Ellen Macarthur Foundation
Circular design and production
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Toys are made from recycled sustainability sources local wood.
Made using only natural materials and finishes. The electricity comes from renewable sources.
When a toy is sold a new tree is planted.
Selling direct to the customer means a lower carbon footprint.
All packaging and labels are sustainable, recyclable and plastic free.
Broken toys can be repaired.
Because toys are biodegradable at the end of their life they’ll help more trees to grow.
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 would like to find out our bag’s sustainable story, click the button below then enter the code CU23MLW
Leaflets, labels and cards
Leaflets that are required for CE compliance and instructions are printed on recycled paper. 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.