Learn a bit more about Hape
Hape is a German toy company that's been in business for over 28 years. The company started out as an educational toy supplier to kindergartens in Germany and has not lost its educational roots along the way to becoming a globally recognized brand that stands for high-quality wooden products that are educational and good on the environment.
Hape's mantra are to reduce, reuse, and recycle. If you know anything about German culture, it's that recycling is an important part of everyday life, and Hape has incorporated this mantra into the way it does business. In 2005, Hape introduced its first full lines of bamboo toys and has been growing its bamboo product lines ever since. The company even maintains its own bamboo forest in China and sponsors bamboo workshops for international designers.
Hape's toys are designed to have a long life, which is why many of them are passed down from generation to generation. Their toys are primarily made in China, but the factories are all owned and controlled by Hape, allowing the company to have full control over the quality of its products and the laborers who make them.
Hape's Mission (in their words)
Hape believes that the future begins - and belongs - to our children. It is our duty to leave them with infinite possibilities, not unsolvable problems. Our toys are created to inspire play, learning and exploration of the world we live in; through responsible business practices we aspire to leave that world in a better condition than when we received it.
Hape's Philosophy (in their words)
Hape toys are designed first and foremost for children. Each product is developed to enhance a child's developmental skills. Neither language, nor culture, nor gender impedes the intuitive play patterns. What children see as fun, parents and educators recognize as age-appropriate learning basics - social, sensory, physical and emotional skills. Using natural materials, water-based paints and strict quality and safety standards make every Hape toy an investment kids will love and parents can trust.