Sending Children to School and Re-planting Forests

View all 13 Photos

This series of toys covers all the bases for the design-minded idealist: they’re beautiful, well made by adequately paid craftsmen, and a portion of proceeds go towards sending a child to school or planting trees in clear-cut forests in Honduras. Tegu, the company behind the blocks, has an equally charming history and business model. It was conceived in 2006, when Chris Haughey found himself on a work trip in Tegucigalpa, pondering living conditions, poverty, and economic realities in Honduras. He was inspired by the non-profit initiatives he encountered doing humanitarian work in the Central American country, but he and his brother Will wanted to help support the country’s economy through a socially and environmentally responsible business, with the objective of creating living wage jobs. One of Honduras’ important exports is hardwoods, so the brothers began to research possible wooden products. The solution they developed is a simple, elegant, and tactile series of brightly colored magnetic wooden blocks for children. Unlike most exports from Central American economies, which are predominantly raw materials, Tegu exports finished toys, which means not only do they source local, sustainably harvested timber, they’re also supporting Honduras’ developing economy with well paid jobs.

Cameron

Cameron

Cameron is a designer and holds degrees in urban studies and architecture, and has a background in grassroots community involvement for neighborhood improvement and development. Having lived in New York and Buenos Aires, she is a lover of cities and currently lives in Quito, Ecuador. She loves bicycles, fresh juice, and the Andean topography punctuated by volcanoes that characterize Quito’s landscape.

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • Zallinger Refuge

    A thoughtful renovation and expansion of historical buildings in the Alps. Dating back to the…

  • Dá Licença Hotel In Portugal

    One-of-a-kind, this retreat celebrates the heritage and culture of Alentejo. During their travels, Vitor Borges…

  • The Wuyuan Skywells Hotel

    A 300-year-old traditional Chinese building transformed into a high-end hotel. Nestled in the Yan village…

  • Design Destination: Melbourne

    A complete travel guide to Melbourne, your next design destination. The cultural capital of Australia,…

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(65074)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(677)
}
            
  • The Alce Collection

    Minimalist furniture design with personality. As part of The Novelties line which features products from…

  • Dsignedby’s Drinks Cabinet

    An elegantly minimalist bar cabinet. Belgrade-based studio dsignedby makes lighting and furniture with a blend of…

  • Introducing Richard Brendon

    Contemporary bone china and glassware that celebrate artisan skill. While some designers find inspiration in…

  • The Minimalist Pen Type-B

    A minimal pen designed to look fantastic for decades. Following the success of their Pen…

  • The Booles Concrete Tableware Line

    A minimalist and elegant concrete tableware collection. Created by German designer Markus Hofko, founder of…

  • The Flax Chair

    A sustainable, eco-friendly chair that blends plant-based textiles and biodegradable plastic. Back in 2010, Christien…

  • Behind the Design: Sebastian Herkner

    German-born designer Sebastian Herkner founded his eponymous design studio in Offenbach am Main (close to…

  • The Marset Dipping Light

    Capturing the essence of light with creative lighting design. Back in 2014, designer Jordi Canudas…

  • Matteo Leorato Re-Imagines Marble

    Timeless marble, molded into contemporary and fresh designs. Born in Verona, Italy, designer Matteo Leorato…

Close Cart