Environmental Responsibility

Materials

As the world’s largest producer of wooden toys, Hape is clearly dependent on the use of natural materials. A full line of bamboo toys takes advantage of the special properties of this highly renewable material. Plastic parts are ensured durable enough to last for generations in order to encourage toys to be passed down rather than tossed out.

Production

Hape has strategically considered surface treatment, energy consumption, and packaging options to minimize environmental impact and maximize efficiency.

Byproducts and Waste

Hape has introduced key processes to ensure that the variety of by-products produced cause minimal impact to the environment. A water purification system utilizes limited or no chemicals to release the cleansed water back into circulation.

Shipping & Transport

Hape buys materials from 10 countries and sells to over 50. Locating the Hape factory only 3km from the Ningbo-Zhoushan Harbor, one of the largest ports in the world, created transportation as well as ecological advantages.

Social Responsibility

Public Private Partnership programs

Educating suppliers and neighbors about the advantages of sustainability and responsible handling of resources ensures that the practices will multiply. Hape is intimately connected to local as well as global communities. On-going technical assistance programs have helped rural communities create sustainable local economies. Hape has built 3 schools in rural Guizhou, providing opportunities for playing and learning for over 3000 children and their families.

Ongoing Projects

Hape is currently building a world-class Early Childhood Education Center and Environmental Development faciltiy in Gongtong. Education will enable children to experience the beauty of nature, traditional Chinese culture, local resources, and universal play. The Campus will include facilities to host research and educational groups who are exploring the use of bamboo and other natural materials.

 

Certifications

Safety and quality

Our products meet safety and quality standards EN71 (European norm of toys) and ASTM (American Society of Testing Materials) of the countries they are destined.

Chemical Materials

All Chemical materials are controlled immediately after they are delivered and received. Every delivery is tested by a certified external lab.

Independent lab

We update our product test report every year utilizing an independent qualified lab.

Repeatable procedure

We estimate the product material, design and technology needed at every product development stage and follow an established documented professional procedure. Compliance with this repeatable procedure assures high volume production of safe and 100% quality products.

Physical safety test in every cycle

In every production cycle, we perform a physical safety test for the first batch of each new product. If any material or a design is improved we re-certify that our products meet all safety and quality standards.

Non-profit quality standards

FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the worlds forests. We are providing customers with FSC products to support the idea.

Awards

Many products awards from all kinds of magazines are with us. You can view all of them at our products pages.

 

Company Profile

Company Profile

Hape Toys is one of the world’s largest producers of toys made from sustainable materials. Hape toys are both creatively designed and eco-friendly. Neither culture, nor language, nor gender inhibits the intuitive process of play. All of the products meet, and more often, exceed the strictest international standards for quality and safety. But behind the innovative designs and meticulous quality lies the even stronger ethos of Hape.

From the beginning of the design process, through production and delivery, to the final unwrapping of the consumer packaging, Hape toys are a collaboration of global thinking and responsible ecology.

In addition to using particular materials and methods, Hape seeks out people who bring a new sensibility to the process. A collaboration of international and local employees creates a global corporate culture with a particular understanding and respect for the world in which we live. Sustainability, education, innovation and fun. Hape Toys represents the next generation of play.

 

Mission & Philosophy

Our Mission

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 the world in a better condition than when we received it.

Our Philosophy

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.

 

Company Facts

Quick Facts

  • Founder: Peter Handstein
  • Origin: Germany
  • Year Founded: 1986
  • Type of Business: OEM, ODM
  • Brand: Hape
  • Factory Size: 67,000m2
  • Number of Employees: 1000+
  • Number of QC Pers: 50+
  • Distribution: 50+ countries

Certifications

  • ICTI Certificale 2011
  • CCIB Certificate
  • ISO 14001
  • ISO 9001-2008v

 

History

Peter’s Story

Hape’s story begins with Peter Handstein’s story. Peter grew up in a rural town in central Germany, where he was raised with a deeprooted respect for family, honesty, compassion, and a love of nature. Hape is a reflection of Peter’s lifelong values. Peter began his career as a salesman for an educational toy company servicing German kindergartens. Visiting hundreds of schools and talking with hundreds of educators gave him a unique understanding of the power of play. In 1986, Peter formed Hape Kindergarten Supply with his sister, Sabine, and their close friend, Renate Gies.

International Growth

This significantly increased Hape’s size. However, the partners knew that in order to be recognized outside of Germany, they would have to grow internationally. With his trademark vision and determination, Peter embarked on the next phase of Hape’s growth, strategically expanding the company country by country. In 1995, due to expansion of the business, he expanded to Ningbo, China, where he created an innovative factory embracing ecological, technological, and efficiency practices.

Discovering Bamboo

Intrigued by the bamboo plants surrounding his new home, Peter encouraged his designers to experiment with this highly renewable resource. This led to an alliance with UNESCO and the first full line of bamboo toys in 2005. The Hape bamboo collection now holds its place along with Hape Eco-toys and Hape line to make up the total Hape brand.

2015

Today, Hape Toys is a multifaceted, multinational company selling toys in over 50 countries. But Peter’s ideals extend far beyond creating safe, innovative products. A lifetime commitment to learning and education, led him to work with local communities educating their children by building schools and enhancing their lives by teaching them to use available resources. Social responsibility, education, ecology, and innovation are ingrained in Peter’s heritage, and are reflected in every aspect of the Hape business, past, present, and future.