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How we manufacture


Like you, we want to help look after the planet so being an eco-friendly business is a no brainer for us. The way we manufacture our Tidy Books products isn’t about showing off our green credentials – it’s about common sense.


We like to do the best we can...

Like it’s common sense not to breathe in toxic fumes.

Not long after starting the business we discovered that the commonly used acrylic lacquer we coated our furniture with gave off Volatile Organic Compounds that are bad for the environment and can be harmful to health. We immediately changed to water lacquer, a safer, eco-friendly alternative that has very low VOCs and is virtually odourless.

When I next visited our factory in China it was lovely to meet our wonderful workers and see they weren’t breathing in nasty pollutants. And it’s good for you, our customers, to know that Tidy Books products won’t bring harmful pollutants into your home.

Using water lacquer is part of our commitment to design and manufacture products that look great and are safe for you, your family and the planet.

We’re all about handmade...

I love visiting our factory in Yunghe, China where all our Tidy Books products are handmade by local workers . As a former violin maker, I have a lot of respect for people who make things with their own hands. It’s a real craft and wonderful to watch.  Because our products are handmade you get a unique piece of furniture. We don’t use MDF. All our furniture is made with sustainable wood and plywood, which is handcrafted to retain its ‘imperfections’ It’s finished with water lacquer, which allows the wood’s natural beauty to shine through.

The way we manufacture gives a very different look to the mass-produced alternatives that roll off the production line.  You can see all the naturally beautiful knots and grain patterns that give real wood its charm.  Unlike the slick finish of a mass produced item finished in acrylic lacquer or melamine, Tidy Books designs have the perfectly imperfect charm of a handmade product made with natural materials and finished with water lacquer.  It’s a natural, vintagey style in look and finish.   We believe – and we hope you do, too – that this is what makes our products so special. And of course as lovely as they look, all our products are made to be playful and practical for your kids to freely enjoy!

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