Safe, Smart and Sustainably Created

Over thirty years ago, seven university students graduated and vowed to develop a company that would make a positive contribution to society. One graduate, Vitool Virapornsavan, was both an architect and the future founder of Plan Creations Co., Ltd. Since Plan Creations began, PlanToys has created innovative playthings for kids produced to meet the highest quality, safety and environmental standards.

Initially, PlanToys made its merchandise in a small factory outside of Bangkok, Thailand. A trade catalog was developed and released, and product was also sold at a local shopping mall. An export business began that led to the company’s participation in the Nuremberg Toy Fair, getting the word out about the eco-friendly and educational wooden toys.

From this modest start, today the company employs over 1000 people, operates two subsidiary businesses, and is the first company in the world to manufacture toys from reclaimed rubber wood. In 2012, PlanToys debuted a new collection of sustainable toys — PlanWood, made from sawdust and wood chips left over from regular PlanToys production, thereby creating a process that expands sustainability even further.

PlanToys now owns and also contracts thousands of acres of rubber wood plantations. Talk about giving back, every year the company replants over 100,000 rubber trees. Thanks to the company’s success, it has created over one thousand jobs in and around a village in southern Thailand. Besides creating roughly four million toys/sets each year, the manufacturing processes improve the quality of life for village residents by providing energy and power.

Besides the value of high productivity, the company works hard to minimize environmental impact PlanToys, available in over sixty-five countries around the world, are made with clean, natural rubber wood from trees that no longer produce latex. To insure the purity of the wood, no fertilizer is added to the soil three years prior to harvesting the trees. To strengthen the wood, a chemical-free, kiln-drying process is used so no chemicals come in contact with the product.

Among the popular offerings are puzzles like the Weather Dress Up, with large pieces for small hands to grasp that teach little ones how to dress for the day ahead. For kitchen play, there are pots and pans, a fridge, bottles and other household items to please mini-Martha Stewarts. Ride-on animals like the Rocking Alligator and Pony entertain and provide an outlet for all that tot energy as do the new bus, scooter and red fire engine. PlanToys offers items that support small and large motor skills, concentration, math, music and problem solving skills, all the while encouraging just plain old-fashioned fun.

The newest offering is a water play line that kids can enjoy in the bathtub, at the pool or on the beach. For kids three and up, check out the Activity Boat, a young fisher-person’s delight. The set includes a wooden boat with a removable cabin, sail, detachable fishhook, fisherman, fish, starfish, and a turtle. The new Submarine is a bright-colored wonder that can be submerged, brought to the surface and made to expel water in a powerful squirt.

For little ones who love interactive play, show shoppers the Water Landing Net with a set that includes a landing net, a fish, turtle, starfish and two cups to allow experimentation with different ways that water can flow. Some pieces are pierced so kids can dump, fill and reverse the process for hours of fun and exploration.

PlanToys are specially crafted using non-formaldehyde glue and safe, non-toxic water-based dyes. The company has won accolades from numerous sources internationally, attesting to the success of their mission and the delight of youngsters who enjoy the wide range of toys. When customers see these beautifully made toys, tell them the company story to assure them that they are buying special items for the special children in their lives. Hats off to a successful company that goes out of its way for its end-users, its workers and the environment that we all share.

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