How We Manufacture

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

Why we use safe, eco-friendly water lacquer...

Not long after starting the business I 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, it was lovely to meet our wonderful workers and see they weren’t breathing in nasty pollutants. And it’s good for you 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. It’s simply common sense.

Our products are handmade in sustainable wood...

I love visiting our factory in Yunghe, which is in the mountains in China, and 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 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’. The water lacquer finish allows the wood’s natural beauty to shine through.

The way we manufacture gives Tidy Books products a very different look to the mass-produced alternatives that roll off the production line. You can see all the 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, vintage style in look and finish.

We believe 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 enjoy!

Geraldine Grandidier