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BiOBUDDi is an eco toy manufacturer committed to a better tomorrow. From their bio-based materials to their manufacturing in the Netherlands, BiOBUDDi are raising awareness about sustainability while delivering unquestionably safe products. Firmly believing that the best way to encourage environmental change is through goods people buy and use every day
In June 2011, Steven van Bommel, father of two daughters came home one day from a long day of work. Van Bommel had been producing plastic toys for the past few years and was busy on the promotional activity of it. In a conversation with his young daughterabout the use of petroleum in the manufacture of plastics, he realised that things could and should be done differently. The daughter had unknowingly opened his eyes that evening. He really wanted his production to add something to society. Van Bommel's dream from then on was to make products that are safe and do not damage the environment in which we live.
In 2012, Steven van Bommel, together with his team began working on the development of larger sized toy blocks from eco-friendly materials. He knew the toy market because of his current businesses and started exploring eco alternatives. He came in contact with several experts in the field that had been active for years with alternative plastic forms. They were able to tell him everything about alternative materials and together they started testing. It was a long and complex process. During the process, a collaboration was also started with The Wageningen University.
In 2017, after 5 years of extremely hard work, they reached their goal and found a suitable eco alternative. The toy blocks could be made from a material that met the requirements. The brand name BiOBUDDi was registered and the first toys sets came on the market in The Netherlands by the end of 2017. BiOBUDDi created a very special compound. The long development, in cooperation with experts in the field and Wageningen University finally paid off. The compound had the requirements of flexibility and hardness, the bricks kept their shape. It also was easy to assemble and disassemble, even by the smallest children. By the end of 2017, the whole compound was certified by TÜV Rheinland (in Germany) and it proved that the toys were high rated biobased.