Discover the secrets behind Sophie la girafe

A toy made from 100% natural rubber

Latex from the Hevea tree was first processed into rubber in the year 1928 using the vulcanisation technique invented by Mr. Charles Goodyear. The latex used by Vulli to create Sophie la girafe comes exclusively from the latex of Hevea trees growing in tropical regions around the world.

Every morning, before the heat of the day comes, a milky liquid which oozes beneath the bark is collected from millions of Hevea trees. This liquid is known as “latex”. It is natural, soft, elastic, waterproof, insulating and pleasant to the smell and touch. To create the rubber for Sophie la girafe, Vulli first heats the latex using a special process involving a technique called “rotomoulding” and then performs a series of 14 manual operations.

14 manual operations to create Sophie la girafe

Still the same, even after more than 59 years…

Despite being born in 1961, Sophie la girafe has not aged in the slightest. With over 50 million Sophie la girafes sold, she is the undisputed star for the very young. The quintessential early learning toy, Sophie la girafe is a must-have for young parents and their babies! With widespread popularity, she is genuinely loved by every parent and child alike. Sophie la girafe has become timeless and cross-generational. Discover Sophie la girafe’s  manufacturing process through the video below:

A unique product, produced according to exceptional high quality standards

The Vulli company has always placed the quality of its products at the heart of its concerns. For over 59 years, consumers have placed their trust in us and we do our utmost to satisfy them.

All of our products sold worldwide comply with European and other global standards. As such, Vulli provides its clients with products that comply with the very highest requirements. Regardless of the regulations in force in the country where they are sold, the same products are sold worldwide, meeting the most stringent legislation in all areas.

Vulli has only one requirement, that is providing the very best to our customers. We have even gone one step further in terms of the quality that goes into the 100% natural rubber Sophie la girafe. In fact, since July 2011, each Sophie la girafe produced has a batch number printed on the back of a leg, enabling full product traceability (production date and relevant laboratory analysis).

Sophie la girafe Batch number

Each number corresponds to a batch tested by an approved laboratory and certifies its compliance with European and international standards. In case of doubt, health authorities can access these analytical reports. Moreover, we believe that we are the only toy manufacturer worldwide to offer such a high level of batch traceability, and therefore a high safety level for our consumers.

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