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Sustainable Production Methods

If Maria Montessori were around today, how would she feel about the manner in which her materials are currently manufactured?

We have taken her philosophy to heart, ensuring that our products are fit for purpose and safe for the Child, as well  environmentally sustainable.

Using eco-friendly materials in today’s world is not a nice to have. 

It is a non-negotiable.

Read our story below about the materials, and methods we use. 

This is not a once-off for us.  It is an ongoing quest to reduce our carbon footprint, by the optimisation and re-use of raw material, and components.

For us, recycling is the last resort. 

First, we try to reduce the use of unneccesary material, packaging, and waste through the supply chain.  We insist that all of our suppliers and partners carefully consider the packaging used when they pack and ship components to us.

Second, we innovatively re-use all excess material received from raw material suppliers, and partner factories.

The excess that can’t be used as packaging, is then finally recycled, weekly through accredited recycling companies.

Digital printing of our VX Mat - Childrens HOuse
Control Mat Printing


Fabric Printing

Many of our activities and controls are printed on our pioneering VXMat fabric.

This silky material is made from a polyester twill that is washable, whilst maintaining colour fastness and brightness. 

VXMat can be soft-ironed to remove creases and folds after washing.

We print exclusively in-house with eco-friendly inks to maintain strict quality control and sustainable labour practices.

Movable Mat Printing
Digital CMYK Printing
VXCard guillotining


Digital Printing

Most of our Curriculum Support Materials are printed on a uniquely formulated synthetic card.

No lamination is required, because VXCard is non-tear, water and scratch resistant.

We print in-house digitally with eco-friendly inks, maintaining best industry practices.

Guillotining, collation and packaging is done by our own staff, to ensure that we meet our stringent quality standards

VXCard is recyclable. 

The next time you laminate your printed card material, consider if the laminate is recyclable.

Template for the Grammar Symbols
Template for Grammar Symbols
Geometric Solids Activity Set
Activity Sets


Laser Cutting and CNC Bending

The stencils and display holders we use for our activity sets are manufactured from acrylic.

Laser cut, flame polished and bent with a CNC machine, the edges of our acrylic products are smooth and safe for regular use by the Child.

As part of the production process, excess scrap acrylic is cut into small chips, as “regrind”, for other injection moulded products.    This is the most sustainable way to work with this quality plastic.

All of our acrylic raw material is locally sourced and fabricated by our local partners under our supervision.  This ensures that responsible production, labour and recycling methods are used.


Injection Moulding

Many of our activities are supplied with robust, washable and practical containers made from Polypropylene.

Where applicable, our Curriculum Support Materials are supplied in injection moulded containers that also dovetail as packaging.  Thereby reducing the use or need for single use plastics like cellophane wrapping, cling wrap or bubble wrap.

We partner exclusively with a local injection moulded company that has been in the industry for more than 20 years and employs industry best practices in its production methods.

We believe that there is still a place for polypropylene containers, as they can re-used extensively in the Montessori environment.

They are affordable, hard wearing and easily recycled.

120ml Clear container with lid
Bead Stairs in polypropylene containers
Adjective Exercises in Polypropylene containers
The glass carafe holds 100ml of liquid, and is an integral part of the transferring and pouring activities for the Practical Life classroom
100ml Glass Carafe


Glass Moulding

Glassware is a cornerstone of the Montessori practical life environment.  We sell a number of glassware products tailored for the Child.

Whilst we don’t manufacture glassware ourselves, we do purchase these items from several factories locally and abroad.  We adopt a strict quality check for all of our glassware.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of glass, a high percentage of product is damaged through the supply chain process.  We repackage all of our glassware products using re-used bubble wrap.  This has proven to be the safest way to transport. 

We continue to find better ways to re-package glassware. We are currently working with innovative packaging suppliers to find biodegradable solutions.

100ml Small Glass
Ceramic Jug - White 250ml
Ceramic Jugs


Ceramic Manufacture

In addition to glassware, we supply a number of ceramic jugs, dishes, bowls, spoons and kitchenware.

The vast majority of our ceramics are supplied by a partner factory here in South Africa that has been producing quality products for more than 50 years.

Due to the fragility of ceramic ware, we re-package products using re-used bubble wrap. 

We continue to search for more eco-friendly ways to package ceramics. 

Childrens House sell small white porcelain ramekins for the Montessori practical life class. Children are encouraged to work with 'real' products in the kitchen, they prepare snacks for the class



The extensive use of natural wooden products is one of the predominant features of the Montessori Method of teaching.

We use several types of wood, sourced from renewable sources, in the production of our Montessori Materials.

  • Solid beechwood for cylinder blocks, pink towers, dressing frames and brown stairs.
  • Birch ply for trays, holders and animal/botany puzzles.
  • MDF for puzzle maps
  • Pineply for boxes and containers

We ensure that the coatings and inks used are not only eco-friendly, but also non-toxic.

Our wooden products are manufactured by responsible partner factories both locally and abroad, ensuring that fair labour practices are adopted.

Growth Process of a Butterfly Puzzle
Growth Process of a Butterfly
The Montessori Pink Tower
Pink Tower and Stand

Cardboard & Plastic


We have found innovative ways to work with other factories in our community.  Every week, we collect cartons, packing fill and other used packaging inserts from neighbouring companies.

Instead of these items being sent to recycling, we re-use them to repack small items and orders.  Not only does it save us money, it extends the life of a packaging material.

When you receive your order, you may see another brand or logo on the box, irrelevant to Childrens House.  Don’t be alarmed.  It’s what’s inside that counts!

Globe of Land and Water

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