More than meets the eye
SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS AND FAIR TRADE AT HANOVER ADVENTURE ZOO
It's not always easy to shop without worry. Isn't there already too much plastic trash? Under which conditions are these products being made? Are they sustainable?
At our shops here at Hanover Adventure Zoo, sustainability and ethical production stand at the center of what we value in our products. We sell toys made from recycled bottles and Fairtrade chocolate. We want to enable our guests to bring home mementos they feel good about. Have a look at our selection - whether it's toys made from recycled ocean waste or paper made from elephant dung, there's something for everyone.
ONE PENGUIN FITS 16 BOTTLES
This fluffy toy bird is made from a hundred percent recycled materials. A whole 16 shredded plastic bottles make up its filling - properly cleaned and processed, of course, and thus safe for children of all ages. Even stitches and label are made from reused materials.
A LION MADE FROM LOAFERS
Where to find a colorful lion? Why, in Kenia! And now here, in Hanover. This mighty feline is colorful for a reason: He's made entirely of recycled flip flops. Volunteers collect flotsam trash at Kenian beaches, old rubber sandals are cleaned and shaped into these lions.
More from less
It's not only penguins! A whole range of animal favourites are available as stuffed companions. Plush tigers, polar bears and more are looking for a loving home. A sloth for your husband or a giraffe for small Zambezi enthusiasts? There's something for every member of your family.
More than 8 million plastic bottles have already been recycled this way, creating new memories without the additional refuse. It's not only the plushies themselves, even their packaging is a hundred percent sustainable.
The taste of fairness
SNACK AND DO GOOD
Chocolate available through our shops has not only been produced adhering to the principles of ecological sustainability - it also carries the official Fairtrade seal.
This small logo carries a big promise: by purchasing Fairtrade products, customers directly support the fair compensation and social security of small local farmers in the countries of origin of your chocolate of choice.
Fairtrade products come with a guarantee of fair payment and additional securities like insurance for their producers. By buying fairly traded products, you can directly improve the lives of farmers overseas.
A FOCUS ON FAMILIES
Often, local producers of Fairtrade goods are family businesses. Appropriate payment for these families enables them to send their children to school and to offer additional education for adult family members.
Fair gifts for your family
ELEPHANT DUNG PAPER AND HANDMADE CERAMICS
Yes, you've read that right. Anyone looking for an unusual gift need not look further: we offer notebooks made from elephant dung paper. This paper was made from elephant manure, a naturally renewable ressource. It was also produced conforming to Fairtrade standards.
Enjoy your morning coffee from a hand-made ceramic mug, crafted in South Africa. The Fairtrade partner company behind this ecological pottery has pledged to never employ child labour, to implement zero-discrimination policies and to always fairly pay their employees.
Salamat means thank you in tagalog
JUICEBAG TOTES FROM THE PHILLIPINES
Turns out you can recycle a lot of things! These colorful carrying bags are produced on the Phillipines, made from old juice containers and similar plastic trash. These materials are washed three times, then cut and sewn into fashionable tote bags.
Here, too, Fairtrade standards are being applied: this small business mostly employs women, many of them illiterate with little hope of employment elsewhere. Our manufacturer pays them fairly and offers opportunities to organize and form a tightly-knit, supportive community of more than just colleagues.
FITS A LOT OF THINGS
Maybe not made for the runway, but ideal for shopping trips and picnic tours: these recycled carrying bags are huge, water resistant and easily washable. Take them to the grocery store, the beach - or back to the zoo.
Our fair trade bags are only available in a range of expressive colors. You won't find any monochrome options here. That's what the Adventure Zoo is like: multicolored, like the animal kingdom itself.
Where to find us
YOU'LL FIND OUR SHOPS AT THESE LOCATIONS WITHIN THE ZOO