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 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.