Inside out toys Ltd
- Kids, Toys & Play
IOT – Home of Sustainable Toys
2022 is the 10th Anniversary year of Inside Out Toys! A year to celebrate our amazing portfolio of sustainable toy brands.
Inside Out Toys Ltd was established 10 years ago by Julian Garner; an entrepreneur looking to provide for his family, and to keep him and his wife busy. The company was originally established in a small industrial unit just outside Derby – Julian’s hometown – and has recently moved from its premises in Milton Keynes to a beautiful eco-farm in Northamptonshire. The new warehouse is a converted grain store, and the office was extended from the original drying room – repurposing at its finest! Our new home boasts spectacular countryside views, whist the solar panels adorning the warehouse roof and maize being digested on the farm to create electricity are constant reminders of the site’s environmental credentials.
“2020 brought a raft of challenges as we adjusted how we do things in response to COVID-19. During this period, we decided to use the ‘quiet’ time to plan the next chapter of our business. This has led to IOT taking on the role of UK Distributor for some amazing brands over the last 18 months. We recognise the desire for sustainable toys, produced by ethically and socially responsible manufacturers and the brands we offer reflect those values. Ten years after the very first toy was despatched from our premises, we are now proud to be one of the only toy companies in the UK to offer a ‘one stop shop’ for all your sustainable toy needs!”
Understanding is key; the understanding that sustainability is not just about reducing plastic packaging, but also about the choices being made by consumers today, on behalf the children who will inherit this planet. ‘Don’t gift a toy that will cost the earth’ … your customers should feel safe in the knowledge that they are buying a great quality, reasonably priced toy, that will also have minimal impact on the environment – and we can help with that! Our point-of-sale materials are designed to share key brand messages so that you don’t have to.
We hope you will find everything you need for your store in our 2022 collection.
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Supported charities: Barnardos, Northamptonshire Health Charity, Giving World
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