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Dangerous toys ‘could flood the UK’ after Brexit if EU Safety Gate system is blocked, says Which?

Dangerous cars, electrical goods and toys could flood into the UK after Brexit unless the government reforms the current “failing” safety enforcement system, the consumer group Which? said today. The group has said that UK consumers will be ‘vulnerable to delays in spotting and dealing with unsafe products’ if access …

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Kickstarter project Solar City bankrupted as ‘CEO flees country’

The team behind a Kickstarter backed board game set in a sustainable future of 2035 has fallen into disarray following the disappearance of its president. Games Factory secured just over $95,000 in June last year for its tabletop title Solar City, a sci-fi board game that puts players in charge …

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Popin is bringing eco-friendly playgrounds into the home with new launch

A team of toy developers is launching a new eco-friendly indoor playground for children and families living in urban areas with limited space for toys and play. Popin has today released details of Popin Playground, an indoor playground made from recycled materials that expand into full-sized play equipment, and folds …

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Improving rights of children in toy-making business is regulator’s next mission

The Ethical Toy Program has made a move to advance the rights of children of migrant workers in the global toy industry through a new partnership with Save the Children. This new partnership will broaden well-being programmes to support migrant parent workers and launches a webinar series exploring innovation, opportunities …

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TIE calls out illegal traders and online platforms as fake toys top EU’s Safety Gate list of concerns

Fake toys have topped the list of concerns presented within a European report warning consumers about dangerous goods and products across the region. A total of 655 public alerts for toys were submitted on the Europe-wide warning system known as the EU Safety Gate last year, with toys from illegal …

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“The time to make toys responsibly is now,” says Junko’s Peter Rope

“It’s time to make toys more responsibly now, not in five or ten years’ time,” is the strong message to come from Peter Rope, the brains behind the eco-friendly arts and crafts construction toy brand, Junko. With the issues around the impact of single use plastics on the world around …

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Funskool’s exports to surge 50 per cent as Indian toymakers profit from US-China trade war

The Indian toy manufacturer, Funskool is eyeing significant growth for its export business this year, thanks to the launch of its newest facility in Ranipet, India. The firm, that manufactures its own toy brands from its headquarters in Chennai and distributes brands such as Hasbro, Disney and Takara Tomy across …

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LEGO triumphs over Chinese imitator in trademark battle

LEGO has beaten another Chinese imitator in its latest trademark battle, having now seen the UK IPO cancel the trademark of a company making ‘almost identical’ products. LEGO had been battling to get the trademark belonging to a company called Lepin for over a year. Its owner Longjun Toys had …

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