...It was the lead paint crisis of 2007, in which millions of toys manufactured in China were recalled in the U.S. after tests showed unsafe levels of lead, that inspired professional photographer Jim Barber to investigate the toys that his own kids had once played with. His goal was to develop new, safe toys that could be manufactured in America using sustainable methods. Read full feature here.
Luke's Toy Factory has launched a Kickstarter to make available for preorder, first of their kind toys made from upcycled organic material. The startup will also represent the state of Connecticut at the White House on July 15th.
Luke's Toy Factory has been featured on KickStarter's newly launched, Environmental Resources Center, as an example of a product designed with durability and longevity in mind. The resources were created in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund.
Luke's Toy Factory has been featured in the October issue of Casa Vogue Brazil as one of six children's product companies that are using sustainable and eco-friendly materials. Read the full article [in Portuguese] in the online version.
From Danbury to France … or Spain, Italy and Germany, for that matter.
Luke’s Toy Factory, a Danbury-based small manufacturer of educational toys, announced its products will be distributed in Europe for the first time after the company was discovered by a Belgium-based toy distributor.
“It’s very exciting,” Luke Barber, part owner co-founder of Luke’s Toy Factory, said. “It’s a big market. It’s always been in the back of my mind to export.”
Luke and his father Jim Barber founded the company in 2014 with a Kickstarter campaign that raised $15,000. From a small manufacturing facility not far from downtown Danbury, the Barbers produce simple, eco-friendly, multipiece trucks aimed at children 3 to 5 years old. The pieces are interchangeable with the various trucks produced.
Luke Barber wasn’t exactly sure what he was going to do after he graduated from college. With the gloom of the 2008 recession still hovering over the job market, his father, Jim Barber, suggested he play around on a software program he had recently purchased for his new startup, Luke’s Toy Factory.
One of the most exciting trends in the United States right now is the Maker Movement. Simply put, the idea is to use traditional processes combined with new technology to create products locally, with a handcrafted look and feel. With the advent of CAD design, 3D printers and using the internet to find resources, manufacturing is enjoying a renaissance at the local level.
Luke’s Toy Factory was born into that environment, with the idea of using waste materials to make toys. After successful Kickstarter.com project for their first toy, the EcoTruck Fire Truck, the company has expanded their line to five trucks, all using a Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) of 30% maple fiber combined with virgin polypropylene...
When your kid gets to a certain age, you find yourself going to a lot of parties at indoor gyms that resemble a prison yard for preschoolers. And after the requisite pizza and cupcakes, it’s time for the gifts! Unfortunately, most 3-year-oldsdon’t subtly drop hints to their classmates about what they want to for their birthday. Fortunately, this gifts for three-year-olds guide has all the stuff (most under $40) that will win the afternoon - including toys from Luke's Toy Factory. You can keep the Thank You note...
China manufactures 70 percent of the world’s toys, according to IBIS World Market Research. A casual search of toys on the shelves of U.S. retail stores will find most of the items were made on the far side of the Pacific.
But at a recent trade association event for the toy industry, Fairfield County toy maker Jim Barber was surprised at the level of interest that several Chinese attendees showed for the items created by Luke’s Toy Factory...