The international toy company Micro Mobility and its Micro Kickboard business has sourced materials from the maritime industry for the launch of its latest range of children’s scooters constructed from recycled fishing nets.
Headquartered in Switzerland, Micro Mobility has launched several pro-environmental projects since setting up business in 1999 to spearhead the transition of scooters from toys to environmentally friendly transport for children and adults.
The new line from Micro Kickboard launched earlier this month and has been manufactured using recycled fishing nets and other plastic waste left behind in the ocean. It is estimated that 640,000 tonnes of nets, ropes, and other equipment are discarded each year.
Micro reports that by recycling this “green plastic,” the company not only contributes to cleaner oceans, it also helps reduce its own ecological footprint during manufacturing. The company states it is able to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 82 per cent compared to using non-recycled materials.
The new ECO-Collection consists of two models: the Mini Deluxe ECO for ages two to five and the Maxi Deluxe ECO for ages five to 12. Micro’s Mini and Maxi scooters have each been recipients of numerous design awards throughout the years.
Owners Julie and Geoff Hawksworth, said: “Fishing nets are designed to withstand extreme conditions and therefore use the highest-quality materials. When left in oceans, they trap and kill millions of fish. Recycling these nets makes oceans safer for marine life while using materials tough enough to meet Micro’s rigorous quality standards.
“This is an exciting step for us. Our new ECO scooters are a natural extension of the Micro commitment to sustainability, which started years ago by producing a high-quality product, made to last for decades, as all parts are replaceable.”