In the summer of 2019 I was playing with my children with Kapla (small wooden planks). Both my kids and I got bored with these fairly quickly and I was wondering if I could come up with a more challenging shape that can be built in both 2D and 3D.

At the beginning of 2020 the ‘Woud blocks’ were ready! A block of certified Dutch beech wood, sawed by hand by carpenters in Leiden and then sanded piece by piece. The bag is produced in India from organic cotton (GOTS certified) and completes the picture! The GOTS certificate guarantees that workers in India receive a living wage and are assured of good working conditions.

By using certified wood and organic cotton and mainly local production, I try to contribute to a sustainable society and directly support the local economy. Especially during this period I find this extra important.

What I also find very important is that harmful substances are released during the production of plastic toys and not when making wooden toys. Every bag of Forest sold will likely reduce the amount of plastic toys sold!

If you consider that by far the most toys end up in the waste bin and then in the incinerator and a kilo of plastic emits 3.53 kilos of CO2 and a kilo of wood only 1.6 kilos of CO2, then the choice for wooden toys is easy.

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