Pantolinos Manufaktur has won the German Design Award 2018 in the area of Excellent Product Design in the category “Baby and Child Care”. The expert jury awarded this honour for the company’s leather hoop ring “LOOP”. The award ceremony will take place during the Ambiente trade fair in Frankfurt in February.

The Pantolinos Loop is made of soft leather, which combines with the ring shape to allow a fearless, easy game of Catch. Despite its flexibility, the ring flies safely through the air and is fun for even small children, says the manufacturer. You won’t get hurt if you catch it awkwardly, because the ring yields as you touch it.

The loop is made of vegetable-tanned leather and is fully compostable, so it will return to nature if it is lost in the park or on the beach.

Pantolinos offers the leather frisbee in two sizes and nine different colours. The ring is sold directly through the company’s own online shop, and via selected retailers such as and Mamelinu.

With Loop, Pantolinos has expanded its own product range. The manufacturer is located just 50 km north of Hanover in the Lower Saxon Buchholz an der Aller. The company actually specialises in ecologically produced baby shoes. But accessories and toys are now also part of the program.

Managing director Iris Mesenbrink founded Pantolinos in 2002 during maternity leave. She built the factory as a family-friendly company, which considers the compatibility of family and work to be a prerequisite for employment. For this purpose, the factory was awarded the FaMi seal in 2011. More than 40 women already work for Pantolinos, either on site or at home.

All the leather shoes are individually handmade. Great importance is placed on selecting a leather that is friendly to both the wearer’s skin and the environment. All the needle workers work exclusively with vegetable-tanned leather from a family business from the Allgäu.

According to Mesenbrink, the leather is regularly tested and has already been certified several times. This is the only way that Pantolinos can guarantee that all their leather is free of heavy metals and will not harm the health of babies, children, and adults.


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