Pebble puts smiles on children's faces!
STORY PEBBLE'S TOY
From zero …: Behind every Pebble Toy is a strong woman – behind Pebble stands the Non profit organization Hathay Bunano. When her founders started in 2005, they had 500 US $ in their pocket and one goal: to create a sustainable, adaptable and fair working environment for people in the rural areas of Bangladesh.
… to 206: Today Pebble proudly looks at about 206 village productions in which more than 12,000 women and people with a disability knit and crochet children's toys and babies' accessories. Beside training their workers in the art of a craft Hathay Bunano provided for the education of their workers children whom they can bring to the job.
fair and flexible: A fair payment and flexible working hours are a door opener out of poverty. With the salary the women can support their families and improve their living conditions permanently. The wide dispersion of the villages all over the country saves them long travels and prevent the women from migrating into the cities and therefore avoids tearing families apart.
Like this Pebble puts a smile on small and big faces, in Bangladesh and in children's rooms worldwide. Every piece unique: hand-made and crafted by heart – simply – every piece is 1 of a child.
Making of (a) Pebble
Every Pebble begins in the head of the brands founder, Samantha Morshed ... the yarn finds its ways through her skillful hands, takes shape and ends up as a finished crochet toy sample in one of our Bangladeshi production facilities, i.e. on the village square, in the shadow of a temple or into the "home office" of our crochet talents. It is here where our unique pieces are created by hand based on an initial sample.
All raw materials are transported on the roofs of buses and on small mopeds over partly muddy, mostly bumpy roads to the most remote villages and distributed to the women - a logistical and static masterpiece! Taking the exact same way back to the city, the parts are being checked, washed and, if necessary, finished, e.g. Faces embroidered or sometimes a forgotten part is completed. Every single Pebble goes through a metal detector before shipping - so we make sure that no broken crochet needle has been “swallowed”. Only then the octopus, giraffe, fox and Co. will make themselves on the long journey to their new home.
Our knit-stich? Is certificated!
All Pebble products are CE and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. Our organic cotton range is tested according to the GOTS standard. Since 2014, all Pebbles pride themselves with the official Fairtrade label. Pebble products are crochet with 100% cotton or organic cotton, 4-ply, made with an extra thin needle - so they are prepared for wild fights in the children's room.
As filling material we use polyester. Why? Well - all our experiments with different materials have made polyester the test winner in terms of robustness, wash performance and shape retention. We want to avoid that the intestines of e.g. a donkey will neither remain in the washing machine nor wildly move from I to A, from head to toe but stays where it belongs.