Lanka Kade is an established, family run business based in the heart of the UK specialising in the design, craft and supply of fair trade wooden toys and gifts for children. Our distinctive range of educational toys offers both bright, bold colours and natural wood finishes. We are proud to be a member of BAFTS Fair Trade Network UK. Contact us to discover how you can become a Lanka Kade stockist. We support independent retailers and do not allow our products to be sold on Amazon or EBay. We offer postcode exclusivity.
Lanka Kade's range of wooden educational jigsaw puzzles are perfect for inspiring learning through play. The colourful collection includes a range of number and alphabet styles and difficulties to sui ...
Lanka Kade's range of multi ethnic rag dolls are reflective of the multi cultural world we live in. For 25 years Lanka Kade's range of rag dolls have been loved by children and parent's alike. The col ...
Lanka Kade's range of people who help us wooden toy characters areÂ perfect for teaching little ones about the people who help us, emergencies and key workers through play.Â The characters of handcr ...
Lanka Kade's range of Christmas wooden toy characters are perfect for children to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year through play. The characters of handcrafted by artisans in Sri Lanka fro ...
Lanka Kade's range of wooden shape sorters are perfect for learning through play. Children will enjoy playing with this wooden toy, sorting the pieces into the corresponding slot. The shape sorters al ...
Sustainability Role in overall company's strategic plansAs a fair trade company we are committed to promoting and facilitating sustainable practices throughout our supply chain. Areas addressed include sourcing of raw materials, manufacturing processes, training, investment and payment of a fair price.Sustainability initiatives
In recent years we have achieved the following:
- Solar panels were installed at our UK office and warehouse in 2015 and have significantly reduced our de-pendence on traditional forms of energy
- We have significantly reduced our use of plastic packaging by replacing it with paper offcuts from a local company that can be used as shred
- Reduced the need for packaging materials by resizing and adapting outer carton boxes
- Designed a range of small toys suitable for manufacture from offcuts to reduce wood wastage
Pledges for the yearAs a company Lanka Kade recognise that some of our activities have an impact on the environment in terms of using raw materials, emissions to air and water, and waste generation. Lanka Kade seek to mini-mise this as far as reasonably practicable and have recently introduced an Environmental Policy to set out intentions and aims for the future.Sustainable ProductsMini vehicle rangeThe nature of Lanka Kade’s product and its craft occasionally leaves their artisans with wood that cannot be used due to shape or size. In order to minimise waste and protect artisan profit margins Lanka Kade developed a range of mini vehicles that would utilise small offcuts or thin strips of wood. There are five colourful vehicles in the range including popular bus and digger designs which retail at just £2.49.Rainbow AnimalsOccasionally, rubber wood can carry dark natural blemishes that leave an undesirable finish. Often unable to identify the blemishes until the wood has been cut and treated; artisans can be left with large quantities of animals that can be used. Following consultation with our artisans; we have designed a range of fully painted, rainbow animals that enable the artisans to use all of their cuttings and dramatically reduce waste. Little ones can learn through play the colours of the rainbow, to count, stack and so much more as this set inspires their imaginations. Every set is provided with an animal in each colour – however as the animals are made from waste wood, specific animals cannot be guaranteed.AT THE FAIRNEW TO THE FAIRSocial equity at your companyLanka Kade adheres to the 10 Principles of Fair Trade as outlined by the WFTO which promotes amongst other things; equal opportunities, non-discriminatory practices, payment of a fair price and capacity building. Lanka Kade’s Educational Foundation in Sri Lankan supports disadvantaged rural primary schools with book donations and a milk programme. The aim of which is to provide an equal opportunity for all children to learn.Certified sustainable products by third partyCERTIFIEDCertified byLanka Kade has been recognised as a fair trade supplier by BAFTS Fair Trade Network UK since 2001. Producer groups are regularly audited to ensure compliance with the 10 Principles of Fair Trade as outlined by the WFTO.PackagingWe are in the process of making our packaging plastic freeOtherLanka Kade have reduce the use of single use plastic in our packaging by 90% in 2019 and look to reduce this further in 2020 whilst sourcing eco-friendly alternatives too. In 2018 we replaced nearly all of our plastic transit packaging with recycled paper shred sourced from a local paper company.MaterialsOur products are made from upcycled materialsOur products are plastic freeWe have products made from sustainability sourced raw materialsOtherLanka Kade toys are made from rubber wood which is responsibly sourced and approved by the Sri Lankan Forestry Department. Lanka Kade has recently introduced two new ranges of product designed to reduce waste by utilising by-product from manufacturing processes.Ethical ConsiderationsFair wages are paid to the people who make our productsOur products are made by people employed in good working conditionsWe have mapped our entire supply chainWe challenge our suppliers to report any ethical issues they identifyWe have an ethical policyWithin the workplace where our products are made there is commitment to Non-Discrimination Gender Equality and Freedom of AssociationAs a fair trade company, Lanka Kade comply with the 10 Principles of Fair Trade whilst also developing their own fair trade policy.Enviromental ImpactWe have a sustainability policyWe consider the environmental impact when creating our products
- Consolidated our shipping schedule in order to reduce the number of containers shipped from Sri Lanka to the UK each year