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We create handmade wooden toys for babies and children from our workshop in the heart of Iowa. Each wooden toy is created with the intention of letting imagination thrive in children. Playing with modern wooden toys can inspire children to use their imagination and to develop their mind in a way that toys with manuals will not.
Where are your Toys Made?
All of our wooden toys are 100% made here in the United States. Our workshop is in our hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. All of our lumber is sourced from Iowa and the Midwest. The few parts that we do not make ourselves such as wood rings are made by a company in Texas, Illinois, South Dakota, and Maine.
Are your Toys Really Organic?
Yes, our wood is natural, we do not stain it. We use Maple, Cherry, and Walnut woods and their natural colors. Our finish is an organic beeswax and flaxseed oil mixture that is all natural and nontoxic so it is the perfect finish for baby's mouth. The oil brings out the color and the beeswax provides durability. Our glue and paint are organic as well made from a company in the United States. They are 100% safe, lead free, no VOC's, and non-toxic. Our teethers are left "naked", there is no finish on them.
How is Bannor Toys Eco-Friendly or Green?
When we say we are eco-conscious we mean it. Our number one raw material is wood. We order our lumber from a company that provides FSC certified wood which means the wood is responsibly harvested and replanted. We also have a zero waste policy with our wood. We use every bit that we can for our toys and we use the small left over scraps to heat the workshop in the winter. We even use the saw dust in our compost pile. That's right, we have a huge compost pile and a large family garden with rain barrels growing right outside the west side of the workshop. In addition to using wood to heat the shop, we have fully insulated the shop to cut down on utilities and we also installed an insulated shop door this year as well. We use energy efficient lighting and other systems in the shop where possible as well. Besides the wood, we use environmentally friendly finishes, adhesives, and supplies as well.