PlanToys: Our Commitment To Sustainable Play
For over 40 years, PlanToys has gained recognition globally through our philosophies and beautifully crafted wooden toys. With an enduring mission to help nurture Better Kids, Better World through Sustainable Play, we developed three pillars of sustainability that pave the path for our planet-friendly operations — Sustainable Play, Sustainable Way, and Sustainable World.
In 1981, PlanToys’ founder Vitool Viraponsavan established the company with a desire to change society for the better by supporting children in their learning and play environments. Children would be supported throughout each developmental stage with the play that emphasized eco-friendly living and strengthened foundational skills in physical, emotional, social, and intellectual.
In addition to toy design, we also create play spaces for expanding the experience to support more children. In 2019, we built the Forest of Play, a playable exhibition at Chulalongkorn University. This was the first time that we produced playthings on a larger scale. After the exhibition ended, we moved this play space to the front of our Bangkok office and expand the play areas for more variety of learning. The following year, we built another Forest of Play, a play space and toy museum near our factory in Trang province to be a comprehensive learning play area for children, families, and school field trips amid the real forest atmosphere.
By playing a role in the early developmental years through play and activities, we believe that we have the chance to impact children’s lives in the long term and help them grow into individuals who value themselves, others, and the planet we called home.
ProductOur toys are designed by working with a child specialist to determine age appropriateness alongside developmental-aid potential and eco-design principles to minimize environmental impact during manufacturing. Parents can trust that our products are child-safe and intentionally made of the highest quality.
Forest of PlayThe nature-inspired play space helps enhance all areas of child development. Both at Bangkok and Trang, the Forest of Play are built from our toys and leftover materials from our factory and nearby community.
Play Space Design ServiceAfter 'Forest of Play' garnered much attention, various organizations, companies, and business owners contacted us to design play spaces in their area. Therefore, we’re starting our new unit to support a design service of indoor play spaces and large-scale play objects.
Toy ClinicOur Toy Clinic is located at our headquarters in Bangkok, which provides toy repair services. If you need a PlanToys item repaired, please bring it to our store. Here, we repair it free of charge! If a replacement piece is required, we only charge for the part.
Toy RentalThe rental service with sets of toys paired with storybooks. This is a sustainable way for parents to support their children's play without overspending on toys their children will quickly outgrow.
For over 40 years, we’ve only used non-toxic materials and sustainable production methods that illustrate our mission of supporting children in their developmental stages and also protecting our employees from any harmful toxicity during production. We ensure the maximize use of natural resources and create minimum to zero waste throughout our production process. We use reclaimed rubberwood from rubber trees that no longer produce latex to produce solid wood and plywood for toy production. We also upcycle leftover sawdust to produce PlanWood, a unique material that allows us to design toys with dynamic shapes. In addition, when coated PlanWood toys with a non-toxic water-based lacquer, this allows us to make wooden toys that can be played with in water!
In addition, we never neglect to create a happy organization. We established the PlanToys Employees Savings Cooperative Limited for financial support. We reduce the burden of workers’ expenses by allocating space within the factory to make vegetable gardens for consumption and sharing. We encourage knowledge and awareness among employees through organic rice planting activities with local farmers to understand the value of food and can also apply knowledge for their sustainable livelihood.
Chemical-Free and Kiln-Dried Process
ASTM & EN71
ISO 45001 & SA 8000
ISO 9001 & ISO 14001
We strive to create play opportunities that can be accessible to all children. PlanToys, together with our partners, initiated the PlanToys Bring Smile and Mom-Made Toy project to design toys specifically suited for special needs children by focusing on Visual Impairment, Autism, and Cerebral Palsy. We set up the Toy Library at our factory and the public libraries in Trang with free lending toys service. We built the Forest of Play and the Toy Museum in Trang to be a comprehensive learning play area for expanding play opportunities to the local community.
We contributed part of our sales proceeds to social development projects. We contribute 1 euro for every Wonky Fruit & Vegetable Set sold, to Kromkommer, an organization that aims to raise awareness for reducing food waste. We donate $10 for every purchase of Walking Elephant to the Save Elephant Foundation Thailand to support their projects.
Contribution to society cannot be achieved without the cooperation of all our customers and worldwide partners who always support PlanToys for our Sustainable World.
Mom-Made Toys ProjectPlanToys founded the Mom-Made Toys project to give back to society in celebration of our 30th anniversary. We have collaborated with parents of special needs and Lowe Thailand, designing toys to help support the development of children with cerebral palsy, autism, and visual impairment.
PlanToys Brings SmilesIn partnership with valued distributors, PlanToys works on designing and producing a collection of toys for children with special needs. These adaptive toys help enhance the development of children with cerebral palsy, autism, and visual impairment while also bringing tremendous joy to them.
Toy DonationWe donate our toys to schools in Trang province every year to support learning through play and enhance opportunities for children to access quality play.
Revenue Allocation to Support Social IssuesWe allocate some of our revenue to support projects fostering social and environmental issues. From 2018-2021, for every box of Wonky Fruit & Vegetable Sets sold, we distributed 1 euro to Kromkommer to support food waste reduction projects. 2019-2021, we collected 10 USD in revenue from every Walking Elephant sold to donate to the Save Elephant Foundation Thailand for elephant preservation.
PlanToys Toy LibraryIt started during the pandemic; we want to make play accessible to children that cannot come to the playgroup and help reduce stress on parents. We create a play corner at the Bangkok and Trang province public library and let children lend toys to play with at home.
Annual ReforestationWe have been part of Plan Group’s annual reforestation since 2004. (In 2000-2001 no planting because of covid.) We plant 2,000 trees annually, equating to 34,000 trees. reduce carbon by 323 tCO2e/year. (One tree absorbs 9.5 kg of carbon/year)
T-Ver ProjectWe are working on a 1,600,000 Sqm. T-VER project. It is the GHG emission reduction program developed by the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO) to encourage and support all farmers to sustainably manage their rubber plantations and participate in the GHG emission reduction program. Furthermore, they can sell the resulting reduction units or carbon credits.