PlanToys Now Making Toys Out of Factory Sawdust


You may wonder how a composite wood can be more eco-friendly than a sustainable real wood. PlanToys has traditionally manufactured their toys from renewable rubberwood that is no longer producing rubber. The new PlanWood is made from the 2 tons of sawdust that the toy factory produces daily, truly using every part of the rubberwood tree. With some pressure molding they were able to create a high density fiber, which is strong and durable. Because of the amount of pressure applied to the composite wood during production, very little glue is needed to bind the sawdust together. Less than 1% of formaldehyde-free E-zero glue is used and it isn’t treated with any other heavy chemicals.

Another plus of PlanWood is that organic colorant can be added during the composite process, which is more eco-friendly than the water-based paints and finishes PlanToys uses on its rubberwood toys. Parents will also love that the new PlanWood toys can safely go in the dishwasher. So if you have a little one who loves putting everything in her mouth, you’ll be able to keep her toys clean easily.

You’ll find old favorites like the Dancing Alligator, a classic that originally launched in 1999. The funny little creature delights tot’s as they pull it – it’s head and tail move up and down, clicking and clacking as it goes. Also for the toddler set, you’ll find sorting and stacking toys and a Pull-Along Snail now in PlanWood. The 3+ set will love the updated Road & Rail set. Now in PlanWood, train tracks can be double sided to accomodate rail on one side and road on the other. The 3-story Play House is also new and comes complete with two dolls and lots of furniture. A 2-sided mat doubles as the front yard, and when folded up, the side of the house. Finally, PlanToys is introducing two food sets in PlanWood, which allows for more details such as the grains in an onion. Both the Assorted Fruit Set and the Assorted Vegetable Set each come with five pieces of produce that can be sliced, a knife and a cutting board.

Look for the new PlanWood selection from PlanToys in March.

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3 Responses to “PlanToys Now Making Toys Out of Factory Sawdust”

  1. jbikel says:

    Bleck. Am I the only one who finds this new line distressing? I don’t really care if it is an eco-friendly addition. It is ugly and cheap-looking. I want wood, real wood toys. They used to make a lovely wooden tea set and now they make an ugly faux wooden tea set. The train sets were WONDERFUL now they are all ugly and blah.

  2. toystoregal says:

    @jbikel As of right now, they are only using PlanWood for certain toys, they are not ‘changing over’ to PlanWood, they are merely introducing it as an option. It’s also a way of using even more of the ‘leftovers’ so to be even more ecofriendly by recycling the sawdust, and also to provide some of there toys at a little bit of a lower price point for those people who can’t afford the higher price. The tea set is still all wood as far as our store goes. We sell it in our toy store and nothing about it has changed in the last few years. I have to somewhat agree though, they have lost a little of the magic that classic wooden toys have in the new look of the PlanWood toys they are making. 😉

  3. Omm2L says:

    I don’t like it at all, I just was shopping for my daughter who already has a bunch of Plan Toys and was so sad to see the new stuff. It’s ugly, some of the toys are smaller and it just looks cheap. I won’t be buying it for her. I’m very disappointed. Now I am going to be searching all over for the wooden drum that I wanted to buy for her.

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