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What sustainability means to Fabelab
From the beginning, the founder of Fabelab, Michaela Weisskirchner-Barfod, has made an effort to keep an honest and sustainable approach to the design and production of the Fabelab collections.
Fabelab's products are made with love and based on sustainable materials and beliefs with attention to detail. All Fabelab toys are CE-tested.
For Fabelab, sustainable design is about using the right materials, ensuring proper treatment of workers, as well as the lifespan of the product, which is why we produce multi-functional products that grow with the child through manufacturers we respect.
Our products are made from organic cotton and we try to fill our products with organic cotton or recycled polyester wherever possible. We are also proud that our Buddies and Soft Rattles all are filled with corn fibre filling, which is the most well-rounded, natural option for washing and retaining the shape and life of the product.
We also try to reduce plastic waste in every way possible, as it is one of the top concerns in our industry. Therefore, we are only using biodegradable sugarcane bags to protect our products during transportation. Our shipping pockets are also made from recycled film and carbon neutral for all our own webshop orders.
We do not believe in throwing the packaging away. In collaboration with our faithful and skilled Indian suppliers, we have chosen to reuse the fabric residues of our own productions and turn them into beautiful and unique products. We provide ideas and drawings for the products and they let us know how much of which colour we have to work with. We call it the Offcuts Collection and since the small unique products will be made from the fabric that is left, no two pieces are alike. Each piece is assorted and a collective item.
Sustainability as a design process
When we say our products are timeless, we refer to our process of being conscious of not just the quality, but the colour schemes from each collection, ensuring they match the previous and upcoming collection's colours. This way, you can keep the pieces from previous collections and pair them with our upcoming ones. Another way we define timeless is by creating multi purpose-designs. Our Activity Blankets can be used by kids of all ages, even just a stable for the whole household. Our Swaddles, which are often first used to swaddle the baby, can later be used as a fashionable scarf for the older kids. As with our Offcuts collection, we do not believe in throwing the packaging away. Michaela’s future vision is that all of our packagings will contain a creative way to be reused by the kids. Every day we think about what we can do even better than the day before, and what changes we can make in the direction of becoming even more sustainable. We want to help the world to become a better place for our children and the next generations to come to grow up in - this is our biggest dream for the future!