Auris (meaning 'belonging to the ear'), is a Swedish company who have been making high quality musical instruments since 1978.
All Auris instruments are designed by the original owner and director Kjell Andersson. Along side the devoted instrument work, Auris also has a social commitment. Since 1988, with the help of special adapted machines, a group of handicapped young people work side by side in a meaningful way in the production of the instruments.
Auris instruments can be found all over the world, with 95% of the production exported. They are valued by music therapists, in classrooms and by individuals with a ear for quality music.
For more than 50 years, Choroi-musicians, teachers, therapists, instrument makers and co-workers have developed innovative music instruments which can lead to new experience. On one hand they are designed for a heightened listening perception. One becomes aware of a more subtle sound quality, of the materials from which they are made and of the space in which they resound. On the other hand, Choroi is developing instruments which are easy to manage and to play for everyone, adults and children. With Choroi instruments, music-making becomes infinite, which is especially important for the healthy development of children.
Choroi instruments are created by inspired instrument builders across ten independent, non-profit workshops around Europe. All Choroi instruments are made in team work by experienced instrument builders and disabled or socially disadvantaged people, who, in this way, make an important cultural contribution. Elaborate and patient hand work is as important for the making of a good instrument as it is to select high quality materials.
Today, Choroi is known worldwide for its innovative, high quality musical instruments. All wooden Choroi Musical Instruments use solid European wood with a linseed oil finish.
Debresk Toys was started in 1987 on a Biodynamic farm in Sweden by three friends that attended a Steiner school together.
The vision was to produce quality toys to replace the 'wear and tear and throw away' culture that leads to environmental and human destruction. A vision that is upheld today with Debresk now part of Telleby verkstäder.
Debresk toys are made from living materials, materials with life to be taken care of. As a child develops a relationship the the things they play with, they develop a relationship to the world, as they take care of their toys, they learn to grow up in a world worth they want to take care of.
Debresk believe that toys support the healthy development of the child as it stimulates fantasy and creativity. It must cultivate in the child, an appreciation of beauty and convey an impression or knowledge about the world. Debresk's intention is to contribute to the balance and harmony between the different senses and the intellect of the growing child, as they play with the smoothly shaped, natural colour wooden toys.
Dipam is an ethical and socially responsible company who make high quality 100% beeswax candles.
Every effort is made to use materials that are renewable, sustainably produced and environmentally-friendly. A small organization employing up to 10 people, Dipam partners with and provides meaningful work for long-term unemployed and people with disabilities.
Burning a 100% pure beeswax Dipam candle brings 100% pure light and a little summer sun into your room or sacred space.
Drei Blatter is a small manufacturer that hand crafts quality toys. They use renewable sourced native woods such as Spruce, Birch and Beech for their products, natural linseed oil finishes and renewable energy to supply their electricity needs.
Gluckskafer’s mission began with the vision to bring traditional toys to children, encouraging creative play and natural development.
Originally started by Käfer & Partner, a small family business in Germany by a father of 6 children. This gave plenty of inspiration for developing a range of toys that supported imaginative role-playing. Glückskäfer is now owned by Nic Toys and complements the other ranges under the Nic umbrella (Nic, Walter and Bodo Henning).
Mercurius is the worldwide distributor for Stockmar and specialist in quality supplies for Waldorf and Steiner schools, worldwide. Combining years of experience with energy and innovation they offer a core selection of products internationally through their distributing partners.
Through collaboration with their customers, they actively embrace social and environmental responsibilities and subject all their products to extensive safety, environmental and quality testing. Committed to offering quality products that support healthy development, Mercurius International products quality and safety considerations go far beyond the standard requirements.
Mercurius provides Waldorf and other schools the best products available at fair prices, by collaborating constructively with customers and vendors, and by using business to inspire and implement solutions to social and environmental needs.
Nanchen Dolls are handmade by a team of 15 doll makers in a small workshop in Martinhagen, Germany. Each doll's face is individually hand-painted with simple, sweet features to give each doll its own personality and foster creativity and imaginative play.
Made exclusively from certified organic natural materials, each doll is hand-made from organic cotton and stuffed with pure organic new wool.
Potala is a small family business in Nepal committed to sustainable production. Their felt products are made by artisans according to fair trade practices which provide training and employment regardless of caste and creed and with respect for the environment.
All Potala products are made from 100% pure wool, hand made and hand dyed in small batches.
The Hans Stockmar Company was founded in northern Germany in 1922, and initially offered beekeeping supplies and candles. Over time, and in cooperation with Waldorf school art teachers, the company developed the well known Stockmar Beeswax Modelling Wax, Stockmar Beeswax Block Crayons, Stockmar Beeswax Stick Crayons, Stockmar Beeswax Decorating Wax and the newest addition to the Stockmar family, the super creamy and high quality Stockmar Hexagonal and Triangular pencils.
Stockmar products are known throughout the world for their uncompromised quality and production in adherence to high pedagogical, artistic, social and enviromental standards. In addition to their own quality control, Stockmar products are tested by independent laboraties in Germany to ensure their purity and safety.
The core of Stockmar's product development is based on the sensory development of the child as understood by Rudolf Steiner. Today, more than ever, this is of the upmost importance, as much of our modern lifestyle overloads certain aspects of primary sense development and limits the experience of other more subtle senses which are becoming increasingly important and necessary to be able to stand strong and with heart in the modern world.
All Stockmar products are developed based on the extended version of Goethe's "Theory of Colours". Almost all of Stockmar's products come in this wide range of colours and that the colours in the individual products match. Stockmars' Colour Harmony means that the colours across the different products match and can be mixed together in a harmonious way.
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Nic Toys have been making quality wooden toys in Germany for over 25 years. Toys that are are designed to be used and loved by children. Toys that are hard-wearing, durable and multi-functional that will last for generations to come.
Nic Toys inspire little ones during early childhood through creativity and imaginative play. They encourage children to give free reign to their imagination and promote role-playing and social interaction while supporting the development of motor skills and logical thinking.
Nic Toys are very selective in their choice of wood, which is predominately beech and maple, from European forests certified to FSC / PEFC standards for sustainable silviculture. During production, wood waste is collected and recycled within their own factory. All products are CE compliant and meet the European standard for toy safety (EN 71). Paints and finishes used are water-based, ecological and completely safe for the health of the children.