Born in the Netherlands where a love for biking is fostered early on, founder and owner Oscar V. Mulder was determined as a young parent to cultivate an appreciation for adventurous learning in his son, Sebastiaan. What started 10 years ago as a one-time project to build Sebastiaan his own balance bike has developed into a thriving children’s company that inspires little ones across the world. Today, Oscar uses his 20 years of international brand design experience to manage Kinderfeets – a sustainable business manufacturing active toys and learning tools that support children in their pursuit of independence, confidence and development.
Inspired by traditional Dutch bikes, Kinderfeets is a play on words for the Dutch word “kinderfiets,” which translates to “child’s bike.” From the outside, Kinderfeets’ bikes, trikes and other products may appear simple in design, but the purposeful characteristics of each one ensure child safety and low environmental impact.
Crafted with non-timber bamboo and/or birch wood, their balance bikes and trikes are suited with low step-through frames, adjustable seats, foot pegs, biodegradable tires and padded handlebars that guarantee comfort and stability.
“Why bamboo?” you might ask. Well, the answer is pretty simple.
Bamboo is extremely adaptable and resilient, grows incredibly fast and has the ability to self-regenerate! It also doesn’t require toxic chemicals or artificial pesticides for growth and maintenance, which makes it both toxin-free and more cost effective. In comparison to other hardwoods, it’s much more flexible (even though it has dense fibers) and it’s also pest resistant. When they’re not utilising bamboo, they use sustainable birch wood – another fast-growing and eco-friendly option - or German beech wood from FSC-certified factories.