Little Dutch is constantly developing when it comes to sustainability. We do so by choosing sustainable alternatives and responsible innovations more often. We are taking organisation-wide steps towards a sustainable future.
Our products meet European regulations and are produced without child labour and in a socially responsible manner in the Netherlands, India, Indonesia, Turkey and China, among others.
We constantly consider the sustainability of our product and material choices with our suppliers. In collaboration with our suppliers, we aim for sustainable products with respect for people and the environment.
For example, we have realised the following steps so far:
- Oeko-TEX® certification
This means that, during the production of our textile, steps are taken to reduce the use of harmful substances in order to minimise the health and environmental impact of the products.
- Sustainable wooden toys
Our wooden toys are made of sustainable wood and are painted using water-based paints.
Our organic garment collection is made of 90% organic cotton and yarn. The jacron label on the clothes is made of banana leaves. The paper hangtags on the products are made of recycled paper.
Our hanging lamps are made of recyclable cardboard and Oeko-TEX®-certified textile using environmentally friendly glue. On top of that, the ink is Greenguard certified, resulting in low chemicals emissions.
The ink residue produced during the printing process of our wallpaper is recycled and reused. On top of that, the press uses a ‘toner’ rather than water in the ink.
Our wall paint is water based and our paint cans are recyclable.
The rugs are hand-woven using eco-friendly, 100% organic cotton.
A single backpack is made of ten recycled PET bottles.
In addition to making our products more sustainable, we are trying to reduce the amount of packaging we use. By now, we have made the following sustainable choices:
- Removed plastic handles from our boxes with big toy boxes.
- Replaced our boxes with plastic windows with closed boxes.
- The plastic hygiene bags of our plushies have been replaced with recycled plastic.
- Plastic packaging material replaced by ‘paper wrap’ where possible.
In addition to our efforts in the area of sustainability, we also show social commitment. This does not just entail the improvement and monitoring of the labour conditions in the countries where our products are manufactured, but also giving back to the society that we actively sell our products to.
For example, we have worked with the Erasmus MC Sophia Foundation in Rotterdam (NL). Our collaboration has led to many donations and great results over the past few years. If you are curious about our collaboration with this foundation, you can read more about the Erasmus MC Sophia Foundation here.
On top of that Zorgkwekerij Bloei in Pijnacker, an organisation that employs people with a distance to the labour market, performs specific activities on our behalf. The factory in India that produces our rugs has a special social plan for employees and the local surroundings. On top of that, they sponsor a local school.