Law & Politics

Wastebuster highlights ongoing work with kids’ publishers following Waitrose’s ban on ‘pointless plastic’

The non-profit, environmental education company, Wastebuster, has re-iterated its ongoing work with children’s magazines publishers and companies to ‘build a new recycling infrastructure’ for hard to recycle plastic toys, called Recycle to Read. Following news this week that the supermarket chain, Waitrose is to put a ban on children’s magazines …

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University Games to remove single use plastic from portfolio as part of its Taking Steps to Protect Our Planet push

University Games is taking positive strides to improve their environmental impact in 2021, in its quest to be the most environmentally friendly games and puzzles company in the UK. As part of its plans, the games, puzzles and gift specialist has created a new ‘Taking Steps to Protect Our Planet’ …

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Europol’s crackdown on counterfeits seizes over €16 million worth of fake toys

Close to five million counterfeit toys have been seized by police and customs authorities worldwide in a crackdown organised by Europol over the recent festive season. Operation LUDUS, conducted with the support of OLAF and the EUIPO carried out nearly 5,000 inspections across 24 countries between October 19th 2020 and …

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Wooden toy maker Sawdust and Rainbows commits to Just One Tree partnership

The Northern Irish indoor wooden climbing frame maker, Sawdust and Rainbows, has detailed a new partnership with Just One Tree as the firm looks to strengthen its efforts towards the sustainability movement sweeping the globe. Under the new partnership, Sawdust and Rainbows will now plant a tree for every sale …

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Plans for £5 billion rescue scheme for UK high street expected to be unveiled this week

Plans for a £5 billion rescue scheme for the UK’s some 700,000 shops, pubs, restaurants, hotels and other businesses to have suffered at the hands of the lockdown restrictions are expected to be unveiled in the Chancellor’s budget on Wednesday. Grants of up to £18,000 each have been drawn up …

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Toy firms and retailers unite in calls for Government rethink over UK e-scooter laws

Outdoor toy and leisure companies and retailers are among those to have issued fresh calls for a Government rethink over the current laws on the public use of e-scooters amid the surge in popularity of the sector as an alternative mode of greener transport. Leaders in the outdoor recreation sector, …

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Hasbro scraps Cara Dune figures in wake of The Mandalorian’s Gina Carano firing

Hasbro has canned its plans to produce any more action figures of The Mandalorian character Cara Dune, after the actress Gina Carano was fired by Disney last week over a series of controversial social media posts. Reports that the toy maker was no longer approved to produce the character’s action …

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UK government launches Brexit Support Fund for small businesses and retailers

A Brexit Support Fund has been launched by the UK government to help small and medium-sized businesses, including retailers, adjust to the changes in trade rules with the EU. The new £20 million fund is aimed at helping businesses that are new to importing and exporting processes and require assistance …

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Are cardboard boxes this year’s toilet paper? Pandemic drives shortages in supplies UK-wide

Thanks to the ongoing surge in home deliveries driven by the pandemic and the world’s lockdown measures, cardboard boxes could very well be this year’s toilet paper. According to the Royal Mail, it is estimated that some 200 million more parcels went through the postal and courier system over the …

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The LEGO Group joins the European Commission’s Green Consumption Pledge pilot initiative

The LEGO Group has become one of the first companies to sign up to the European Commission’s new Green Consumption Pledge pilot initiative as what the firm has said is a reinforcement of its own commitment to lowering its carbon footprint. The Green Consumption Pledge was detailed at a virtual …

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