At HABA, we believe that toys are only as good as the materials used to make them and the quality of their workmanship. That’s why we pay special attention to the quality of the materials we use. Not only that, we continuously perform quality-assurance checks both during production at our facilities as well as at our suppliers’ plants.
When HABA was first founded, and in the years that followed, HABA made products exclusively out of wood. However, since board games have entered our product portfolio, we have been relying on sturdy cardboard for the game boards, cards and tiles. In the past 20 years, HABA’s product portfolio has been steadily growing, and as the range of products has grown, so has the assortment of materials used in production: First, more and more polyester and cotton materials, then different sorts of plastics and now organic materials.
All materials used in production are first carefully inspected before they are approved for production.
All our products made of wood carry the PEFC seal of approval since 2010, which certifies that the wood used comes exclusively from sustainable silviculture in local German forests. Our beech and birch wood comes from forests within 150 km of our site in Bad Rodach, Germany. Plywood that we import from Finland and Russia are also from regulated silviculture. By selecting our wood only from sustainable forestry, we help preserve the ecological balance of our planet’s forests and play a substantial role in the improvement of sustainable forestry practices worldwide.
Whenever a little color is added to our wooden toys, we only use solvent-free paints or water-based stains, so there is no need to worry when toys for babies or pacifier chains end up in your baby’s mouth.
Water-based coatings and UV curable coatings with nearly 100% solids are used for the treatment of furniture.
Our designers create all kinds of different products using a wide variety of different textiles: smooth, low-maintenance polyester, blended cotton fabrics, soft suede and plush, corduroy, velvet, felt and mesh. It’s often the unique look and feel of the textiles that make baby toys like the HABA fabric clutching toy or fabric blocks so interesting.
Our fabric toys are produced worldwide by select suppliers that we regularly visit and inspect. We make sure that social standards like working hours and working conditions are upheld and that our suppliers are certified, for example, by the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI).
We use plastic predominantly for our sand toys. Sturdy shovels and buckets and the HABA spilling funnel have been in the HABA collection for years. And the creative sand toys from the Sun Bistro series with several different plastic forms are also very popular, as they give children the opportunity to re-enact real-life situations in an authentic manner, whether baking cakes, creating tasty pastries, or playing sand restaurant. Customers receive a five-year warranty on all polypropylene and ABS plastic HABA sand toys.
We also make some baby clutching toys and various parts for marble runs out of plastic, whenever the properties of plastic make it the ideal material of choice for the design, or some kind of combination of wood and plastic together.
HABAform was developed in cooperation with a company from southern Germany and has been used in the production of parts for clutching toys, pacifier chains and other baby products since 2014. Its physical properties and versatility, as well as its organic nature make it perfect for use in production. HABAform is a naturally occurring material and 100% from renewable resources, which make it CO2 neutral. When the organic material is heated, it can be easily injected into the desired form, and once it has cooled and hardened, it shares all the same properties as plastic. The HABAform parts are then given their final appearance with a little paint, which was also developed by a southern German producer. Quality-assurance tests have shown that the organic material complies with all security standards for toys. That means we can safely use HABAform in all our baby toy products as well as in the rest of our products from our product range, and surprise our customers with entirely new product shapes in the future.
While quite possibly the most inconspicuous of materials used, cardboard is nevertheless absolutely crucial. It is the main material used in game boards, tiles and cards, and is therefore of central importance along with the wooden playing pieces, as the game would often just not be the same without the illustrations printed on the cardboard. Most of our books are also made of cardboard. Cardboard makes it possible to add popular features kids just love like flaps, peepholes and spinners. HABA’s beautifully illustrated puzzles are also made of cardboard, and the puzzles for toddlers are especially sturdy.