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$893
pledged of $3,000pledged of $3,000 goal
17
backers
24days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, August 10 2019 12:52 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Toys Made From What...?

Sawdust, Walnut Shells, Flax Fiber, Rice Hulls, Coconut Shells!

Seriously. We are proud to manufacture sustainable, educational kids toys, right here in the U.S.A. - Danbury, Connecticut to be exact. 

Since we launched our company with a successful Kickstarter in 2014, we have made toys by incorporating 30% maple sawdust. Now, we are making things even more interesting!

Introducing, Luke's Toy Factory Naturals and Hybrids...  The ONLY toys made with Coconut Shells, Flax Fiber, Rice Hulls, Sawdust, and Walnut Shells!

Why do we do this? 

Adding organic fibers strengthens the toy by binding the plastic resin with the fibers. The result is a more robust toy that can stand up to an active 3 year old. These fibers replace up to 30% of the plastic that would have been used in the toy, and gives the organic materials a second life instead of being incinerated. Plus, the results look really cool! 

They're Educational Too?

Absolutely. Winner of the prestigious Learning Magazine Teacher's Choice Award in the Preschool Category, our toys are 3D stacking puzzles designed for children aged 3+. 

Luke has specifically designed these toys for kids who are at the stage where they have outgrown baby toys but are still too young for more sophisticated building toys. 

Parts from each truck can be mixed and matched with others to encourage creative play and experimentation! Designed with slight wiggle room so that kids with developing motor skills are not frustrated, our trucks enable preschoolers to construct a working toy truck while encouraging the development of critical problem solving and fine-motor skills. Additionally, the trucks encourage imaginative, creative play.

"The kids loved the vehicles! They loved that they were able to take them apart quickly and rebuild over and over. They even tried to invent new things. I would suggest them to other teachers because it really had their imaginations going!" - Teacher's Choice Award review

Made in America  

Our toys are made using state of the art manufacturing processes and materials right here in Connecticut, and our suppliers are American too! By manufacturing in the U.S. we can ensure the highest quality of our toys. In fact, our toys meet or exceed all U.S. and European Union safety standards. Our goal is to balance safety, education, sustainability, and fun!

Naturals & Hybrids

Through this Kickstarter campaign, we are offering our loyal customers, social media followers, and the Kickstarter community, first access to these truly innovative, sustainably made toys - including our Classic Collection which started it all - at 25% - 40% OFF retail pricing! 

Your support will help us get these new toys tested and certified by a third-party laboratory and go in to full production with the Natural and Hybrid lines. Please see the "About Our Campaign" section below for additional details.

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About Our Campaign

This is our second Kickstarter campaign. We were successful with our first campaign in 2014 which launched Luke's Toy Factory. Since then we have distributed our toys to more than 250 toy stores and 150 schools across the United States. Recently we began exporting to the European Union as well!

As we continue to expand and innovate, we are looking for ways to bring new, sustainable materials to the market while expanding our product offerings. To do so, requires comprehensive testing and certification by accredited third-party laboratories. These safety tests, which include testing for food allergens can be expensive. We are launching this Kickstarter to raise the funds necessary to test and certify our Naturals and Hybrids line of toys. 

Rest assured, should this campaign be successful, you will receive the toys you have ordered once they have been tested and certified.

Thus far, we have successfully manufactured sample Natural and Hybrid trucks in their final form, so the material and manufacturing process has been proven. We appreciate your support in helping us bring these truly unique and innovative toys to market! 

Risks and challenges

We are confident in our ability to manufacture, package, ship and deliver these toys in time for the 2019 Holiday season.

We have been producing and selling our line of toy trucks since 2014 following a successful KickStarter that launched our Fire Truck. These new toys which incorporate various organic inputs, have been manufactured in small test batches successfully, and the manufacturing process is proven.

The only foreseeable risk is that these toys do not pass required safety testing and certification. However, this risk is extremely low, as our original toys meet or exceed U.S. and European testing standards. For our Natural and Hybrid line of trucks, we will also be testing for allergens to ensure safety for those with food allergies.

Though we do not anticipate any issues in the testing process of these toys, it is possible that a particular material may not pass allergen testing, in which case we would substitute it with an alternative material deemed safe.

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Environmental commitments

Visit our Environmental Resources Center to learn how Kickstarter encourages sustainable practices.

Long-lasting design

Luke's Toy Factory trucks are FEATURED in the Kickstarter Environmental Resources Center, as products specifically designed to be durable and long-lasting.

Our toys are made with a 300% heavier gauge material than comparable toys for maximum durability and longevity.

Reusability and recyclability

Our standard retail packaging is made from corrugated cardboard and a paperboard sleeve printed with soy ink, and contains zero plastic. For this campaign we will utilize single box shipping to cut down on cardboard box usage, and will utilize recycled newsprint paper as packing material to ensure your toy arrives in perfect condition.

While our toys are not recyclable themselves - because of the organic material in them - they are durable and long-lasting, and can survive years of play in a classroom setting. The best way to reuse these toys once your child has outgrown them is to donate them or pass them down to a younger child. They also look amazing on a shelf or desk as decoration... if we may say so ourselves!

Sustainable materials

Our toys incorporate upcycled organic materials that have reached the end of their useful life and would otherwise be sent to the landfill or incinerated, contributing to CO2 emissions.
By incorporating them in our toys, we are giving them a second life while using up to 30% less plastic than traditional toys.

Our packaging is 100% corrugated cardboard and paperboard - both recyclable and biodegradable.

Environmentally friendly factories

Our suppliers are American, which means they adhere to U.S. labor and environmental regulations. By using American suppliers, our supply chains are shorter, more reliable, and help us keep our carbon footprint low.

Our toys are manufactured at a state of the art injection molding facility, just 20 minutes from our office where we assemble, package, and ship from.

We source our packaging from a company in our own city (Danbury, CT), so we're supporting the local economy while keeping carbon emissions from our supply chain at a minimum.

Sustainable fulfillment and distribution

Our toys are manufactured, assembled, packaged, and shipped from Connecticut... not from the other side of the planet - China - where 90% of the world's toys are made.

Because our toys are made in the United States and utilize local, American suppliers, our supply and fulfillment chains are short, reliable, and eliminate the CO2 emissions associated with the ocean freight that would be required had we decided to manufacture overseas.

Something else

Sustainability is a journey and we are constantly pursuing new ways to become a more sustainable company. To that end, we are currently exploring a sugarcane based material that would enable us to eliminate oil based plastics in our manufacturing process, and create 100% plant/organic based toys... stay tuned!

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    EARLY BIRD - Set of FIVE Trucks

    Stock your playroom or classroom! Get a full set of 5 trucks in the Classic, Natural, or Hybrid collection.
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    The ULTIMATE SET

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    The PARTY PACK

    15 IDENTICAL trucks in the style of your choice. Throwing a kid's birthday party and looking for a great party favor? The party pack lets you ensure that everyone gets the same gift and spares you from the inevitable, "but I wanted thaaaat truck!" tantrum.
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