HABA is a German toy maker best known for their premier quality wooden toys and award-winning games, many of which were developed by Educators and NeuroScience Professionals to help incorporate crucial areas of learning into play. Their promise to invent 'Inquisitive Things for Inquisitive Minds' has grown an extensive collection of play things for children of all ages, ensuring that there is always something for every child, no matter their age, interests, or abilities.
Made in Bad Rodach, Germany
Most of HABA's wooden toys come to life in Bad Rodach, Germany. There, many woodworkers, turners, painters, toolmakers and a whole slew of other workers dedicate their time to turning boards of wood into toys that thrill and delight children around the globe. From solid Beech, Birch, Maple and Bass wood, meticulous consideration is given to choosing the right wood for the right toy; something that is determined by a series of factors including usage, environment, and even the age group that the toy is meant for. Once cut, shaped, and then sanded down, these wood pieces are then passed on to the paint shop; where a water-soluble varnish that is safe, non-toxic, and absolutely free of any harmful chemicals, is used to finish off the product.
Safety and Quality In Every Material
A core belief of HABA is that a toy is only as good as the material used to make it. It is why they pay extra special attention to the quality of the materials used; and perform stringent quality-assurance checks at both their internal facilities as well as at their suppliers’ plants on a very regular basis. All its products comply with European (EN71) and US (ASTM) regulations for toy safety; and any material used is always first carefully inspected before they are approved for production. After, the TÜV Rheinland AG, an independent testing institute, steps in to conduct regular checks.
HABA's wooden toys are also subjected to internal quality-assurance testing as well as external testing; and is still manufactured in their own HABA facilities in the Upper Franconian city of Bad Rodach, Germany. In particular, mechanical safety tests are conducted, which include shock and drop tests, perspiration and saliva tests and soak tests to determine the level of resistance of all individual parts, as well as a final tensile test. Only solvent-free paints or water-based stains are used for colouring.
Fabrics are sourced only from manufacturers certified under the code of the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI); and regularly tested for hazardous substances such as (but not limited to) AZO compounds (synthetic dyes) 76/769/EG and change 19 of directive 2002/61.
When plastic or synthetic rubber is used, HABA's stringent tests go far beyond the legal requirements in ensuring that plasticizers such as BPA, phthalates, paraben (amongst many others) are not present.
Learning Through Play
HABA prides itself on the fact that children love playing with their toys while remaining blissfully unaware of how it fosters their own development in the process. A true 'Inventor of Inquisitive Minds', all HABA toys encourage discovery and exploration in one way or another, be it through touching, seeing, hearing, smelling, or tasting. Many of its board and card games even tackle critical executive functions that cannot be taught in academic classrooms, such as risk-taking, impulse control, emotional empathy, cooperation, problem solving, and strategic thinking.
Wehrfritz is the kindergarten learning specialist from HABA's family of companies; and is perfectly aligned to the needs and concerns of teachers and caregivers. Games from the WEHRFRITZ / HABA Education range are suitable for classrooms, after-school care, and therapy use; and are aimed at fostering the senses and developing children who are imaginative, creative, investigative, curious, and flexible without a fear of failure.
Minimum Environmental Impact
'We assume responsibility for our environment'.
This is one of the leading principles of HABA's corporate philosophies; and for them, this means minimizing the ecological impact within the bounds of the financially defensible. As such, the company constantly upgrades its production processes; ascertaining, evaluating and minimizing the use of raw materials, emissions and waste volumes on an ongoing basis. In fact, HABA was the first toy maker in Germany to pass the ecological audit, and has even been granted the DIN ISO 14001 certification for environmental management since. Recycling of wood residues, short transportation routes, the utilization of rain water and solar energy, green roofs, implementation of ecological standards in new construction projects; are just some initiatives in their long list of eco measures to reduce their carbon footprint on Earth.
The PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) label, which all of HABA's wooden products have carried since 2010, is a true testament to the company's commitment to the environment. This means that all wood used in their production comes from sustainable forestry, preserving not just the ecological balance of our planet’s forests; but also the socio-cultural balance of the communities who depend on these forests for daily living.
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