SÖTAST Soft toy, set of 2, koala/grey

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These soft toys love to be close, just like baby koalas when they discover the world. Is it a child and a parent or a baby and a grown-up relative? Your child can let you know.

Article number305.067.86

Product details

Two soft friends to play with and hug. Koalas are one of the most vulnerable species in the world and need both protection and love, just like your child.

All soft toys are good at hugging, comforting and listening and are fond of play and mischief. In addition, they are reliable and tested for safety.

We know our soft toys should handle many years of love. That’s why we’ve chosen comfy materials, embroidered eyes, performed rigorous washing tests – and ensured that they’re free from harmful chemicals.

Designer

IKEA of Sweden

Article number305.067.86
  • Fabric:

    100 % polyester

    Filling:

    100 % polyester - hollow fibre (100% recycled)

    Machine wash, max 40°C, mild process.

    Do not bleach.

    Tumble drying, low temperature (max 60°C).

    Do not iron.

    Do not dryclean.

  • Recommended for ages from 18 months.This product bears the CE mark.
  • By using filling made of recycled polyester in this product, we consume less new raw materials and lower our environmental footprint.

Measurements

Length, big: 35 cm

Length, small: 23 cm

  • SÖTASTArticle number305.067.86

    Width: 25 cm

    Height: 20 cm

    Length: 32 cm

    Weight: 0.32 kg

    Package(s): 1

SustainabilityPeople and planet

Energy and resources

Is it possible to make plastic hug-friendly?

We want to reduce the amount of new material in our soft toys. Using recycled polyester as filling, and thereby giving new life to used plastic, is one way. That’s why we’ve embarked on an exciting journey with our new range of soft toys. Our goal is to fill as many soft toys as possible with recycled polyester – without compromising on safety or quality.

SÖTAST Soft toy, set of 2, koala/grey

The story of a broken eye and what it taught us

The IKEA store in Helsinki, Finland, was full of customers that day back in 1997. Being a textile technologist at Children’s IKEA at the time, Carina Ingelsten ran a course about safety for a group of IKEA co-workers. ”I lifted up a teddy bear and pulled on the legs and arms to show how well they are sewn in place. When I pulled on the plastic eye, something happened that shouldn't – the eye came off”, says Carina. This was a major setback for Children's IKEA, but it was a setback that would lead to important safety improvements.

All soft toys were removed from the store as Carina tried to call her colleagues in Sweden. ”It was a Saturday, so it wasn't that easy to get a hold of people, but in the end Jörgen Svensson, my manager at Children's IKEA, answered and we succeeded in stopping global sales of our soft toys”.

Major consequences

Jörgen remembers the call. The fact that the eye came off despite all risk analyses and safety checks was very serious. Still, in hindsight, he still sees that it led to something really good. ”Thanks to what happened, we learned to systematize safety work even more. We established clearer procedures and areas of responsibility”.

More personal expression

The incident also led to the decision to not use plastic eyes at all. Embroidered eyes were not only safer, they also proved to give more character and personality to the toys. Annie Huldén, a designer who has created many soft toys over the years, agrees. ”The eyes are very important for a soft toy and plastic eyes easily seem too symmetrical and stale, while embroidered eyes are easier to vary in terms of the design, the size of pupils and the eyelashes.” Soft toys at Children's IKEA are loved by children throughout the world. It's a loved friend to play with and find comfort with - and which parents can always feel secure about.

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